Youth Subcultures Term Paper by DrM

A discussion on the straight-edge and rave subcultures.
# 150960 | 1,067 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Sociology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper discusses the straight-edge, rave and rock music subcultures, and points out the similarities and differences between them. The paper points out that neither rave nor straight-edge have ever been studied by academics in a particularly thorough and consistent way, and suggests that this is because they did not generate the same type of moral panics that drugs, juvenile delinquency and rock music did in the 1950s and 1960s.

From the Paper:

"Sociologists base their studies of youth subcultures on structured and unstructured interviews, participant observation and analysis of media, texts and music. Unlike similar studies in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Albert Cohen's Delinquent Boys (1955) that described post-World War II youth cultures as a relatively new and unknown phenomenon, more recent research over the past thirty years has been heavily based on feminist and postmodernist theories. These place special emphasis on the diversity and multiplicity within each subculture, while trying to avoid the stereotypes that commonly appear in the mass media. This new type of sociology also appears to me more journalistic than objective, scientific or value free, rejecting the principles and pretensions of Talcott Parsons and his generation of postwar sociologists. Of course, any type of sociology should still consider questions of ethnicity, social class, immigration, poverty, inequality and violence, although the funding to investigate these issues is far more limited than it was in the past. Both the straight-edge and rave subcultures are highly diverse and pluralistic, and contain radical, countercultural and 'resistance' elements, as well as large numbers of relatively apolitical youth who simply enjoy the music and want to have a good time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wilson, B. (2006). Fight, Flight, or Chill: Subcultures, Youth and Rave into the Twenty-First Century. McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Wood, R.T. (2006). Straightedge Youth: Complexity and Contradictions of a Subculture. Syracuse University Press.

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