Hebdige’s Musical Subculture and Club Culture


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Hebdige’s Musical Subculture and Club Culture
In Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Dick Hebdige performs an analysis of the punk culture of Britain in the 1970s. In order to effect such an analysis, he places this culture within the larger term of sub-culture. The defining requirement of a sub-culture is a mainstream culture that it is able to react against. For Hebdige, the punk movement reacted against mainstream culture in several important ways. One way was through style, both musically and materialistically: the synthesis of diverse styles was in direct opposition to the homogeneous tradition of the mainstream. None of these distinctions could have occurred without the media. Thus, the media is another indispensible part of any...
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.....r difference was that dance club culture did not have as distinct an image as the punk movement. This may be linked to Hebdige’s tendency to emphasize the abstract. Dance club culture and punk culture merged most closely in regard to the media. Both sub-cultures relied on the media to generate their own image (consciously and sub-consciously). Similarly, the media played a major role in the eventual incorporation of the sub-culture into the mainstream. Thus, Hebdige’s theories are useful for examining other sub-cultures, but they must be used critically.
Works Cited
Hebdige, Dick. Subculture: The Meaning of Style. New York:
, 1987.
Thornton, Sarah. Club Cultures: Music, Media and
Capital. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995.