Goth: identity, style and subculture

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Berg, Jul 1, 2002 - Social Science - 219 pages
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Goths represent one of the most arresting, distinctive and enduring subcultures of recent times. The dedication of those involved to a lifestyle which, from the outside, may appear dark and sinister, has spawned reactions ranging from admiration to alarm. Until now, no one has conducted a full-scale ethnographic study of this fascinating subcultural group. Based on extensive research by an 'insider', this is the first. Immersing us in the potent mix of identities, practices and values that make up the goth scene, the author takes us behind the faade of the goth mystique. From dress and musical tastes to social habits and the use of the internet, Hodkinson details the inner workings of this intriguing group. Defying postmodern theories that claim media and commerce break down substantive cultural groupings, Hodkinson shows how both have been used by goths to retain, and even strengthen, their group identity.Hodkinson provides a comprehensive reworking of subcultural theory, making a key contribution to the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies, youth studies, media studies, and popular music studies. Readable and accessible, this groundbreaking book presents a unique chance to engage with a contemporary, spectacular culture.

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User Review  - Wednesday - LibraryThing

Very much a sociology book, written by a profesor at University College Northhampton. It reads very much like a textbook for the gothic subculture. Not exactly a light read but it's great for the serious researcher. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremiah Mcclain - Goodreads

Read this for a subcultural studies class. Although Hodkinson's view of contemporary Goth subculture is a bit ridged compared to my own experiences and too firmly entrenches Goths in the classic subculture category, it is a impressive work and worth the read. Read full review


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Paul Hodkinson is a Lecturer in Sociology, at the University of Surrey.

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