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Subcultures or Neo-tribes?

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Subcultures or Neo-tribes? Which perspective is correct? The term subculture was coined by the Birmingham Center for Cultural Studies to describe the relationship between youth, style and musical taste. However Andy Bennett argues that Maffesoli's concept of 'tribus' is a more appropriate term to use in describing youth activity because it allows for more fluid boundaries. Firstly the article talks about the development of style based youth cultures, such as the Mods, Rockers, Skinheads and Teddy Boys, as opposed to the gang like groups of British teens that were the basis of pre-war youth study . Vince Noir, The King of the Mods & the Mod wolves. This behavior was a reflection of the young peoples attempts to defy their socio-economic situation by constructing alternative identities for themselves. The Mods, as with other subcultures, were characterized by their dress, what they did and the things they owned. The deviant behavior of such youth cultures, or "subcultures" had to be understood as the collective reaction of the youth themselves to structural changes taking place in post-war Britain. According to the CCCS... "The latent function of subculture is to express and resolve the contradictions which remain hidden and unresolved in the parent culture by attempting to retrieve some of the socially cohesive elements destroyed in the parent culture." A criticism of the CCCS's definition of subculture is that it pays little attention to the relationship of young women and girls. McRobbie and Garber argue that girls have developed their own culture in the domains like the home, and particularly the bedroom. This culture is called "The Teeny Bopper". Introduction;
In the article Bennett draws upon evidence taken from a study of urban dance music to support his claims of neo-tribalism. He discusses how dance music has changed the way "subcultures" should be defined. For Bennett, the term Subculture denotes rigid lines of division between the different forms of identity and association. Hence Bennett feels the term tribus is more appropriate as it allows for more fluid identities and allows for different circles to interact. Subculture and its appropriation by the media.
"I think the media treated me accordingly, especially because I was in a position – I moved myself into a position – where I was an easy target for the media. I never expected the media to love me. I think I was a thorn in the flesh of a lot of people and especially the media. I did things nobody else dared to do and let's face it, America is still conservative even if they don't like to hear it. I said it before, all the little hypocrites will go and buy the magazine, read about what evil weird people we are and will feel better about themselves. People love to judge, as long as they have somebody else to judge they don't have to concentrate on their own miserable lives. They point at us instead of looking at themselves. In a way we served as scapegoats, something they love to have." Marilyn Manson, 2000 http://www.nyrock.com/interviews/2000/mm3_int.htm The post-modern persona moves between a succession of site specific gatherings and whose multiple identities construct a persona who can no longer be considered unified. Neo-tribes?
Urban dance music and its impact on youth culture. Conclusion. Over the course of the article Bennett argues that the concept of "subculture" is flawed, and that a new definition should be used. He posits that "neo-tribes" is more fitting because it allows for the fluidity of association, musical taste and visual style of modern day youth cultures. References:
Bennett, Andy (1999) “Subcultures or Neo-Tribes? Rethinking the Relationship between Youth, Style and Musical
Taste”, Sociology, 33(3): 599-617.

http://kiaha.tumblr.com/post/26807107630/musical-taste-looks-always

http://www.regioncentre.ru/generation/scienceaboutyouth/scienceaboutyouth5/

http://rafaelneko.tumblr.com/post/23439956885/cosplay-marvel-carnage-spiderman-and-venom

http://theagecases.blogspot.com.au/2011_08_01_archive.html

http://svetlanawoods.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/marilyn-manson-living-art/
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