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Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital

A discussion and analysis of Sarah Thornton's book on club and rave cultures

Jacob Quirke

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital

By Jacob Quirke Sarah Thornton,
'Club Cultures: Music, Media
and Subcultural Capital' Sarah Thornton Conclusion Canadian
Aged twenty-three when she began her research
'concerned with the attitudes and ideals of the youthful insiders whose social lives revolve around clubs and raves' (p. 2) Subcultural Capital Draws from the work of Pierre Bourdieu, especially from his book 'Distinctions'
Cultural, Economic, and Social capital
Thornton comes to develop the idea of 'hipness' as a form of subcultural capital
'subcultural capital is embodied in the form of being "in the know"'
'a variety of occupations and incomes can be gained as result of "hipness" - DJs, club promoters/organizers, journalists etc.
Good tastes - record collections, underground music, dress sense, being 'in the know'. The Mainstreams COMMUNITY
Subcultures do not stand the test of time because the people within them can’t stand mainstream popularity
‘the media do not just represent but participate in the assembly, demarcation and development of music cultures.
SELLING OUT BELIEFS Media 'Hip' Vs. Mainstream The Alternatives Dominant culture and bourgeois ideology Mass culture & commercial ideology Student culture
Educated vanguard Subculture
Deviant vanguard A B C
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