Punk in China: History, Artefacts, and Blogs
One of the strengths of ethnography and the ethnographic method is the ability it grants researchers to produce ‘thick description’, though at the cost of losing the ability to see ‘how the everyday lives described played out large-scale historical and structural processes’ (Pilkington 2010: 25). In her research on Russian skinheads, Hilary Pilkington raised this concern and set out to explore how historical and social processes shaped the lives of young people in the city of Vorkuta. In response to the same concern, this chapter traces back to how historical process and social changes contextualise the punk phenomenon and the formation of the punk scene in China.
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