Punks’ Wider Lives: Punks and Their Politics

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


This chapter further develops the theme of contextualising punk as part of individuals’ lives as first explored in the context of ageing in Chap.  3. It focuses on punks’ further political engagement beyond standard subcultural punk practices. It argues that the influences of punk ideology can be felt through the activities of punks themselves, beyond punk music, events and subcultural practices. It proposes a broad conceptualisation of political activism: beyond traditional notions of, for example, trade union agitation or party political activity, to the political importance of ‘educative practices’. Punks who write zines, who educate themselves and who set up anarchist reading groups or distros, are placed within historical practices of education as a means of spreading influence and potential mobilisation.


Politics Educative politics Resisting normativity Consumption Demonstrations 


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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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