Thursday, 5 December 2013

Subculture & Style

Subculture refers to a group of people with a culture which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong


'Dogtown and Z Boys' Film (2001)
Skater Peggy Oki
Ian Borden - Performing the City Book
Southbank Closure - Threat to Skateboarding

"It is utterly contrived"
Henry Edwards Wood, 
the spokesman of the Long Live Southbank Camapign

Lords of Dogtown (2005)
This subculture becomes a replacement for the family you are born into

"Skateboarders do not so much temporary escape from the routinised world of school, family and social conventions as replace it with a whole new way of life
Borden (2001) 

Free Running

Method of movement focused on moving around obstacles with speed, without the use of traditional methods, eg. walking or public transport. 

Jump London (2005), Documentary Film
The performance element is used as an act of rebellion.


The Graffiti Subculture by Nancy McDonald

Females in Subculture

Miss Van
She doesn't play down her female identity.

Working with areas of the deprived city

Angela McRobbie and Jenny Garber
- Original subcultures have made females invisible, as a lot of it is masculine

Mod Girl
Masculine dress coming from the working class teenager subculture

'Quadrophenia Film' (1979)
Showing tension between mods and rockers

Hippy Girl

Riot Grrrl Movement
A feminist Subculture from the mid 1990s onwards, based around New York

Spice Girls
Provided no empowerment for young women, gave no voice reducing them to near nothing

"Subculture: The Meaning of Style" Book by Dick Hebdige

What is the importance of subcultural activity?
It represents noise instead of sound. It questions the value of the parent culture.

The Commodity Form
Dress styles and music are turned into mass objects as they become part of the designs.

21st demonisation of hoodies

- This style has a double response as it is celebrated as well as ridiculed/judged.

Edwardian Style Bricolage

Skinhead Culture

'This is England' (2006) by Shane Meadows

Post SubculturesIt is becoming increasingly difficult to pinpoint subcultures as our global society updates itself so rapidly.

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