Cultural Histories and Social Practice
By (author) Ken Gelder
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Subcultures by Ken Gelder
Book DescriptionThis book presents a cultural history of subcultures, covering a remarkable range of subcultural forms and practices. It begins with London's 'Elizabethan underworld', taking the rogue and vagabond as subcultural prototypes: the basis for Marx's later view of subcultures as the lumpenproletariat, and Henry Mayhew's view of subcultures as 'those that will not work'. Subcultures are always in some way non-conforming or dissenting. They are social - with their own shared conventions, values, rituals, and so on - but they can also seem 'immersed' or self-absorbed. This book identifies six key ways in which subcultures have generally been understood: * through their often negative relation to work: idle, parasitical, hedonistic, criminal * their negative or ambivalent relation to class * their association with territory - the 'street', the 'hood', the club - rather than property * their movement away from home into non-domestic forms of 'belonging' * their ties to excess and exaggeration (as opposed to restraint and moderation) * their refusal of the banalities of ordinary life and in particular, of massification. Subcultures looks at the way these features find expression across many different subcultural groups: from the Ranters to the riot grrrls, from taxi dancers to drag queens and kings, from bebop to hip hop, from dandies to punk, from hobos to leatherfolk, and from hippies and bohemians to digital pirates and virtual communities. It argues that subcultural identity is primarily a matter of narrative and narration, which means that its focus is literary as well as sociological. It also argues for the idea of a subcultural geography: that subcultures inhabit places in particular ways, their investment in them being as much imaginary as real and, in some cases, strikingly utopian.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415379519
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ken Gelder
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New Vampire Cinema looks at recent vampire films as a genre, and asks what is at stake when the cinematic vampire and the modern world are made to encounter each other.
Anthology of Colonial Australian Adventure Fiction, Paperback (August 2011)
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Anthology of Colonial Australian Romance Fiction, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Ken Gelder
The best examples of colonial Australian romance are collected in this anthology, from writers such as Ada Cambridge, Rosa Praed, Francis Adams, Henry Lawson. They show colonial women challenged by a new life in a new place. But they show men being put to the test, too, and sometimes failing in the quest for love in a brave new world.
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Author Biography - Ken Gelder
Ken Gelder is Professor of Literary Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His books include Reading the Vampire (Routledge 1994), Uncanny Australia (Melbourne University Press 1998) and Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (Routledge 2004). He is editor of The Horror Reader (Routledge 2000) and The Subcultures Reader Second Edition (Routledge 2005).
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