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"Subculture" by Dick Hebdige

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subculture, n.- an identifiable subgroup within a society or group of people, esp. one characterized by beliefs or interests at variance with those of the larger group; the distinctive ideas, practices, or way of life of such a subgroup

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OED
Online
The Two Forms of Incorporation
Recent Pop Culture Example: ICP
The commodity form
The subculture: The incorporation:




"...the conversion of subcultural signs (dress, music, etc.) into mass-produced objects" (356)

Examples:
Consumption in the leisure sphere
Commercial exploitation vs. creativity
Cross collaboration
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
The Unnatural Break
Subculture
The ideological form
“Subcultures represent ‘noise’ (as opposed to sound): interference in the orderly sequence which leads from real events and phenomena to their representation in the media” (355)






Characteristics:
“Mechanism of semantic disorder”
“A kind of temporary blockage in the system of representation”
“…have considerable power to provoke and disturb”
“…generally condemned as ‘contrary to holiness’”
“often defined as ‘unnatural’”


"Subculture" by Dick Hebdige
Presentation by Ranjit, Kiauna, and Kim

The
commodity
form
and
The
ideological
form
"...the 'labeling' and re-definition of deviant behavior by dominant groups- the police, the media, the judiciary" (356)

Examples:
Deviancy
The Other
Threat
Style
Intentional communication
Bricolage
In revolt
Homology
Signifying practice
Intentional communication
Bricolage
In Revolt
Homology
Signifying Practice
Works Cited
Expressing style as a means of communication

Examples:
Style based on certain parameters
Ways subcultures distinguish selves
Difference among subcultures
"...refers to the means by which the non-literate, non-technical mind of the so-called 'primitive' man responds to the world around him" (360)

Examples:
Business world insignia 'repackaged'
Described as science of the concrete
Punk’s expression
"...although it was often directly offensive (T-shirts covered in swear words) and threatening (terrorist/ guerrilla outfits), punk style was defined principally through the violence of its ‘cut-ups’" (361)

Examples:
Confrontational dress
Intrinsic values of the abnormal
Ironic self-debasement in different forms
"To describe the symbolic fit between the values and lifestyles of a group, its subjective experience and the musical forms it uses to express or reinforce its focal concerns” (364)

Examples:
Reassembled objects per subculture
Punk subculture
Meaning of the swastika in punk
A means of defining and finding the origins of a subculture


Examples:
Polysemy
Exact origins of punk undefined
Subcultures adhere to symbolic order
"subculture, n.2". OED Online. December 2013. Oxford University Press. 31 March 2014. <http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/192545?rskey=qIiNtN&result=1&isAdvanced=false#eid >.
Hebdige, Dick. “Subculture.” Popular Culture: A Reader. Guins, Raiford, and Omayra Zaragoza Cruz. London: SAGE Publications, 2005. 355-368. Print.
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