ANT322H1 Lecture Notes - Nerd, Émile Durkheim, Punk Subculture

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Lec 3 Subc...
Lec 3 Rebe...
'cutting the embilical cord' from the parents (metaphor)
Prodigal Son, and Buddha
Economic affluence, financial means
Change in structure of society
Young people have the money and time
May be instinctual
Two themes: sex and death
Why most young people rebel, at least symbolically?
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e.g. "I'm not leaving until you make this course not mandatory!"
Subversion is real
e.g. Chuck Berry - how he danced/ acted on stage seemed dangerous
The text becomes you
You're affected by something deeply
Transgression
Subversion versus transgression
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"cool"
Cool is a style, an attitude, a feeling
This can be transgressive
Hip became cool, jazz movement
Rebellion is also style: the walk, the look, the talk
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1950s
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A culture needs a group of people who shares, beliefs, aesthetic forms, ...
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Parallel culture = youth culture
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A new era began when the first 3 icons died on that plane crash
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e.g. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley
How their lifestyle is different than adults
Rebellion of style
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A culture to be a culture - it has to start something, there has to be prescendent, to start it in motion
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Is there such a thing as youth culture? - no?
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"rebel without a cause" - movie
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Rebellion
Definite features - dress, look and language
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e,g, cool, suave, dark, geek, nerd, jock (into sports, but dumb, loves himself)
Language is crucial - 'slang'
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Beer - people drank a case of beer
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Later marijuana and drugs
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'hanging out' - diners, listening to music
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'Hairspray' movie
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'jailhouse rock' - suggests that we are the outlaws, but we are not criminals
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Took his music from blacks
'gospel culture'
Elvis was most iconic
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Rock and roll = shout, loud,
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Guitar - symbolism built into it
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Rockers: Elvis culture
Lec 3 Rebellion continued..
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