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Taking pleasure seriously: the political significance of subcultural practice

Dimou, Eleni and Ilan, Jonathan (2018). Taking pleasure seriously: the political significance of subcultural practice. Journal of Youth Studies, 21(1) pp. 1–18.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2017.1340635
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Abstract

This paper demonstrates that subcultural theory continues to provide a relevant and useful analysis of youth leisure practices and their political significance in contemporary society. It achieves this by analysing the theoretical antecedents to both subcultural theory and the post-subcultural theory that followed it. It is argued that the post-subcultural turn to studying affects and everyday lives resonates deeply with the Gramscian perspective informing subcultural theory. It is thus possible to interpret post-subculturalism as augmenting rather than negating its predecessor. Deploying an analysis that combines these perspectives allows for an account of contemporary youth leisure practices that demonstrates a number of different forms of politics explicated within the paper: a politics of identity and becoming; a politics of defiance; a politics of affective solidarity and a politics of different experience. Whilst not articulated or necessarily conscious, there is a proto-politics to youth leisure that precludes it from being dismissed as entirely empty, hedonistic and consumerist. This paper demonstrates how the lens of post-subculturalism focuses on the affective spaces where this politics is most apparent and provides a means of updating subcultural theory to understand contemporary youth practices.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1367-6261
Keywords: Subcultural theory; post-subcultural theory; youth leisure; politics; affect
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Social Policy & Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 58021
Depositing User: Eleni Dimou
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 16:17
Last Modified: 05 May 2019 08:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58021
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