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Hebdige and Subculture in the Twenty-First Century

Through the Subcultural Lens

  • Keith Gildart
  • Anna Gough-Yates
  • Sian Lincoln
  • Bill Osgerby
  • Lucy Robinson
  • John Street
  • Peter Webb
  • Matthew Worley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Peter Webb
    Pages 1-7
  3. Theories and Debates

  4. Others, Absence and Identity

  5. Hebdige and Contemporary Subcultures

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-278

About this book


This book assesses the legacy of Dick Hebdige and his work on subcultures in his seminal work, Subculture: The Meaning of Style (1979). The volume interrogates the concept of subculture put forward by Hebdige, and asks if this concept is still capable of helping us understand the subcultures of the twenty-first century. The contributors to this volume assess the main theoretical trends behind Hebdige’s work, critically engaging with their value and how they orient a researcher or student of subculture, and also look at some absences in Hebdige’s original account of subculture, such as gender and ethnicity. The book concludes with an interview with Hebdige himself, where he deals with questions about his concept of subculture and the gestation of his original work in a way that shows his seriousness and humour in equal measure. This volume is a vital contribution to the debate on subculture from some of the best researchers and academics working in the field in the twenty-first century.


Cultural history Dick Hebdige Social history Popular music Twentieth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Keith Gildart
    • 1
  • Anna Gough-Yates
    • 2
  • Sian Lincoln
    • 3
  • Bill Osgerby
    • 4
  • Lucy Robinson
    • 5
  • John Street
    • 6
  • Peter Webb
    • 7
  • Matthew Worley
    • 8
  1. 1.University of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK
  2. 2.Ealing School of Art, Design and MediaUniversity of West LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.School of Humanities and Social SciencesLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.London Metropolitan UniversityLondonUK
  5. 5.School of History, Art History and PhilosophyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  6. 6.University of East AngliaNorwichUK
  7. 7.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK
  8. 8.Department of HistoryUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

About the editors

The Subcultures Network was formed as the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change in 2011. The Network’s steering committee comprises Keith Gildart (University of Wolverhampton), Anna Gough-Yates (University of Roehampton), Sian Lincoln (Liverpool John Moores University), Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University), Lucy Robinson (University of Sussex), John Street (University of East Anglia), Pete Webb (University of the West of England) and Matthew Worley (University of Reading).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Hebdige and Subculture in the Twenty-First Century
  • Book Subtitle Through the Subcultural Lens
  • Editors Keith Gildart
    Anna Gough-Yates
    Sian Lincoln
    Bill Osgerby
    Lucy Robinson
    John Street
    Peter Webb
    Matthew Worley
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-28474-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-28477-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-28475-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 278
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural History
    British Culture
    History of Britain and Ireland
    Cultural Theory
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