Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity

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Paul Hodkinson, Andy Bennett
Taylor & Francis, Aug 1, 2013 - Social Science - 208 pages
What happens to punks, clubbers, goths, riot grrls, soulies, break-dancers and queer scene participants as they become older?

For decades, research on spectacular 'youth cultures' has understood such groups as adolescent phenomena and assumed that involvement ceases with the onset of adulthood. In an age of increasingly complex life trajectories, Ageing and Youth Cultures is the first anthology to challenge such thinking by examining the lives of those who continue to participate into adulthood and middle-age.

Showcasing a range of original research case studies from across the globe, the chapters explore how participants reconcile their continuing involvement with ageing bodies, older identities and adult responsibilities. Breaking new ground and establishing a new field of study, the book will be essential reading for students and scholars researching or studying questions of youth, fashion, popular music and identity across a wide range of disciplines.

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Older Straight Edgers and the Meaning of Style
Performances of PostYouth Sexual Identities in Queer Scenes
Ageing Rave Womens PostScene Narratives
BBoying and Ageing
Slamdancing Ageing and Belonging
Becoming More Civilized
Dance Parties Lifestyle and Strategies for Ageing
Alternative Women Adjusting to Ageing or How to Stay Freaky at 50
The Collective Ageing of a Goth Festival
Strong Riot Women and the Continuity of Feminist Subcultural Participation
Parenthood and the Transfer of Capital in the Northern Soul Scene

Punk Ageing and the Expectations of Adult Life

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Andy Bennett is Director of the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University.

Paul Hodkinson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.

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