This webinar led by Ray Kinsella and Kevin Quinn and will introduce the key concepts and theories around British youth subcultures.
From bebop hipsters in Soho during the 1940s to grime kids from the inner-city in 2021, youth subcultures have been a dominant, prominent and subversive facet of British cultural life.
Beginning with the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) whom first developed British subcultural studies during the 1970s, and then working through important theoretical texts such as Cohen (1972), Hebdige (1979) and Sarah Thornton (1995), we shall explore the traditions and the social and historical contexts in which debates and practices concerning youth cultures arose.
We will examine how subcultures and deviancy are entwined, investigate their origins and ask why do and have subcultures continue to generate academic interest and media scrutiny.
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This webinar is aimed at anyone with an interest in British youth subcultures, and also anyone interested in how popular music, popular culture, fashion, race and gender combine, and how identity formations are constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed through youth subcultures.
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This two-hour webinar is an introduction to the history of post-war British youth subcultures, and will focus on the backgrounds, histories and contexts in which they emerged.