Subculture theory: an historical and contemporary assessment of the concept for understanding deviance

Blackman, S. J. (2014) Subculture theory: an historical and contemporary assessment of the concept for understanding deviance. Deviant Behavior, 35 (6). pp. 496-512. ISSN 0163-9625.

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Abstract

Subcultures attract attention in culture, society, and the media because they have been theorized as not merely distinct from, but aSubcultures attract attention in culture, society, and the media because they have been theorized as not merely distinct from, but also in opposition to, the dominant culture. In the United States and the United Kingdom the concept of subculture has been a major explanatory tool for sociology and criminology to understand deviant behavior. For nearly a hundred years the concept has been at the center of academic struggle for superiority between rival paradigmatic approaches, which have employed different theoretical explanations. In this article I critically assess the origins and politics of the way the concept of subculture has been applied primarily to youth cultures in terms of the relationship between agency and constraint.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7428 Social work with delinquents and criminals
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
Depositing User: Dr Shane Blackman
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 10:40
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13254

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