Youth Culture and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives is a stellar collection of essays that reassesses debates around youth culture, subcultures, and post-subcultures in refreshing and exciting ways. The authors and editors read these debates through the particular empirical context of Australia, giving the collection an important and helpful specificity often missing from similar such interventions in the field. This book is must-reading for anyone interested in youth studies today in and across a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, education, and communication. Greg Dimitriadis, UB SUNY, USA From new approaches to theory and research, to a range of original studies, this strikingly comprehensive and varied collection demonstrates how, when it comes to understanding contemporary youth cultures and subcultures, Australian scholars are at the forefront. Youth Cultures and Subcultures will be of considerable interest to scholars in Australia and far beyond. Paul Hodkinson, University of Surrey, UK A truly impressive collection! Bringing together scholars from across Australia, this book represents the breadth, rigour and diversity of current research in youth cultures, demonstrating that Australian scholars are now clearly leading the way in contemporary youth cultural studies. A perfect blend of cutting edge research that is also geared towards use in the classroom, this collection will be of interest to academics and students alike. Sian Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Sarah Baker is Associate Professor in Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Australia. She is the co-author of Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries and Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture, and co-editor of Redefining Mainstream Popular Music. Brady Robards is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is the co-author of Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture and co-editor of Mediated Youth Cultures: The Internet, Belonging, and New Cultural Configurations. Bob Buttigieg is currently completing a PhD in the School of Humanities at Griffith University, Australia.
Introduction: Youth Culture Research in Australia Part I Theoretical Matters 1 Australian Subcultures: Reality or Myth? 2 Youth Studies and the Problem of Structure and Agency: Foucault vs Marx, Tait vs Sercombe, Beck vs Bourdieu, Woodman vs Threadgold vs Roberts 3 Global Youth Culture and Dynamic Social Contexts 4 Holding It All Together: Researching Time, Culture and Belonging After Subcultures 5 (Sub)Cultural Capital, DIY Careers and Transferability: Towards Maintaining Reproduction when Using Bourdieu in Youth Culture Research 6 Learning to Be Otherwise: Ethnicity and the Pedagogic Space of Youthful Subjectivities Youth Cultures and Subcultures Part II The Place of Belonging 7 The Moral Economy of the Mosh Pit: Straight Edge, Reflexivity and Classification Struggles 8 Brutal Belonging in Other Spaces: Grindcore Touring in Melbourne and Osaka 9 Spaces and Places of Meaning and Belonging: Young Peoples Experiences of the Australian Defence Force Cadet Organisations 10 What Every Other Leb Wears: Intra-Ethnic Tensions Among Lebanese-Australian Youth 11 Vernacular Subculture and Multiplicity in Everyday Experiences of Belonging Part III Gendered Experiences 12 Where Are the Straight Edge Women? 13 From the Subcultural to the Ordinary: DIY Girls Since Grrrlpower 14 Gangsta Warrior Bro: Hip-hop and Urban Aboriginal Youth 15 Girls Pain Memes on YouTube: The Production of Pain and Femininity on a Digital Network 16 Occupying the Mainstream: Performing Hegemonic Masculinity in Gold Coast Nightclub 17 Bringing the Vibe: Subcultural Capital and Hardcore Masculinity 18 Subjective Understanding of Subculture: Contemporary Roller Derby in Australia and the Women Who Play 19 Young Women, Activism and the Politics of (Sexual) Choice: Are Australian Youth Cultures Post-Feminist? Part IV Doing Subcultural Studies 20 Queer Youth on Australias Gold Coast: Researching Amid Incoherence and Multiplicity 21 Sexualities and Sensitivities: Queer(y)ing the Ethics of Youth Research in the Field 22 Documenting the Subcultural Experience: Towards an Archive of Australian Youth Histories 23 Tricks with Mirrors: Sharpies and Their Representations 24 Reconciling Subculture and Effects Studies: What Do Students in Australia Want to Know About Media Cultures?