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5.0 out of 5 stars Towards a subcultural revamp., 20 April 2003
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This book is a refreshing addition to the sociology of popular culture. Thournton suceeds in objectively discussing youth subcultural phenomenoms since the 1980s. This is successfully done through the way she has been able to properly contextualise club cultures, and rave in particular, within the dominant rock ideology which permeates 'adult' society. Indeed, this allows Thournton to present a case which suggests that such youth subcultures are perhaps the most misunderstood cultural phenomenoms of late. Her discussions concerning media representation facillitate her analysis of the moral panics that surrounded the 'acid house' boom. She also considers the way in which 'New Age Travellers' were represented as 'folk devils' before going on to place her thinking within the wider theoretical spheres of popular culture.
Thorntons book is an informed one. It begins to deal with the complexities that sociological theory to date has struggled to deal with. Moreover, it has begun to fill in the gaps that had previously exsisted in the knowledge around this subject, aswell as being one of the first major investigations into club cultures. A fascinating book.
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Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital
Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital by Sarah Thornton (Paperback - 23 Nov. 1995)
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