Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media

Teenage Dreams

  • Nick Bentley
  • Beth Johnson
  • Andrzej Zieleniec

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. ‘Subcultural Fictions’

  3. Subcultural Representations on Screen

  4. Critical Theory and Subcultural Representations in Other Media

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-263

About this book


This collection explores the representation, articulation and construction of youth subcultures in a range of texts and contexts. It brings together scholars working in literary studies, screen studies, sociology and cultural studies whose research interests lie in the aesthetics and cultural politics of youth. It contributes to, and extends, contemporary theoretical perspectives around youth and youth cultures.

Contributors examine a range of topics, including ‘bad girl’ fiction of the 1950s, novels by subcultural writers such as Colin MacInnes, Alex Wheatle and Courttia Newland, as well as screen representations of Mods, the 1990s Rave culture, heavy metal, and the Manchester scene. Others explore interventions into subcultural theory with respect to metal, subcultural locations, abjection, graffiti cultures, and the potential of subcultures to resist dominant power frameworks in both historical and contemporary contexts.


Interdisciplinary Identity politics Representation Dick Hebdige Birmingham school

Editors and affiliations

  • Nick Bentley
    • 1
  • Beth Johnson
    • 2
  • Andrzej Zieleniec
    • 3
  1. 1.Keele UniversityKeeleUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Keele UniversityKeeleUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73188-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73189-6
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