Beyond Subculture: Pop, Youth and Identity in a Postcolonial by Rupa Huq

By Rupa Huq

Providing a brand new method of the examine of juvenile tradition and renowned tune, past tradition re-examines the hyperlink among track and subcultures and asks the query; in an growing older global, can pop track nonetheless be an automated metaphor for adolescence tradition? utilizing case reviews and first-hand interviews with buyer and manufacturers together with Noel Gallagher and Talvin Singh, Rupa Huq investigates a sequence of musically-centred worldwide formative years cultures together with hip-hop, digital dance tune and bhangra. With ‘Generation X’ turning into an more and more redundant time period, this publication may also help scholars redefine their principles of teenage tradition and should be a useful addition to their stories.

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The US phrase ‘gray power’ is used to describe the increased assertion of political rights by the numerically expanded over-65-year-old age group. Whilst in some ways the sociology of ageing is the polar opposite of youth studies, its social, economic and cultural facets make it a topic with much in common with the study of youth. Changes to the youth labour market rendering it more ‘flexible’ have for example resulted in an increased dependence of some young people on family and household structures.

Furlong and Cartmel 1997; Dwyer and Wyn 2001; Heath and Kenyon 2001). Taking a rather derogatory tone, Cohen and Ainley (2000: 80) refers to it as ‘flavour-of-the-month reflexive and risk sociology’. Indeed a cursory flick through the Routledge sociology catalogue for 2002 reveals a clutch of newly published books employing the use of the term in their titles from one publisher alone (Dwyer and Wyn 2001; Hope and Sparks 2000; Lupton 1999; I. Wilkinson 2001;Van Loon 2002). 1 A number of factors are seen to contribute to the climate for individualisation, including changed labour market dynamics, education and de-skilling.

This concept derives from the botanical term for a root system with horizontal lines of connection, spreading across the ground from several points as opposed to growing downward from a single point. The idea of the rhizome challenges the idea of simple colonial relationships that one might presume of cultural hegemony. Cultural power can be seen as being exercised laterally rather than in a top-down way. ’ Elsewhere Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the body without organs has been used in rave theory (Jordan 1995; Reynolds 1998a; 1998b).

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