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Subculture: The Meaning of Style


Dick Hebdige


"The meaning of subculture is always in dispute, and style is the area in which the opposing defintions clash with most dramatic force.”

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"Punk reproduced the entire sartorial history of post-war working class youth cultures in ‘cut up form’... There was a chaos of quiffs and leather jackets, brothel creepers and winkle pickers, plimsolls and paka macs, moddy crops and skinhead strides, drainpipes and vivid socks, bum freezers and bovver boots - all kept ‘in place’ and ‘out of time’ by the spectacular adhesives: the safety pins and plastic clothes pegs.”

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“Subcultures are therefore expressive forms but what they express is, in the last instance, a fundamental tension between those in power and those condemned to subordinate positions and second-class lives.”



Further Reading  

Stuart Hall - Essential Essays



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