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This subject studies texts and events relating to various subcultural formations, including gangs, music subcultures, drug cultures, neo-pagans, sexed subcultures, bohemias, underworlds, body art cultures and virtual communities. The subject asks students to explore the ways identification can occur through the subcultural frame; to examine ways in which cultural forms can be contested or claimed by subcultures; and to read subcultures both textually and sociologically. On successful completion of the subject students should be able to analyse subcultural studies as an historically-framed discipline, beginning with late 19th century ethnographies and developing through the Chicago School and the Birmingham tradition to contemporary analyses.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand cultural arrangements and identifications - in particular, the ways in which cultural forms can be contested or claimed by subcultures;
- appreciate ethnographic problems in relation to the documentation of subcultures;
- understand the politics of representation in relation to subcultural identification; and
- understand the formation of subcultural studies as a discipline, and the ways in which histories of subcultures may be written.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to apply new research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
- develop critical self-awareness and shape and strengthen persuasive arguments; and
- communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others.
Last updated: 3 November 2022