Theories of Punk and Subculture

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


This chapter sets out the theoretical framework for the book. It traces the emergence of the fields of subcultural studies and its evolution over the last few decades. It focuses in particular on the related developments in academic understandings of punk. It places these two debates within wider sociological developments. It goes on to argue for a need to ‘reground’ theory by recognising the embedded, connected, whole lives of those engaging in ‘subcultural’ activities and the intersubjective creation of meaning in their practices.  


Subculture Punk Connectedness Whole lives Intersubjectivity 


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