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Ageing and Youth Cultures


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Introduction Ageing and Youth Cultures, Andy Bennett, Griffith University and Paul Hodkinson, University of Surrey, UK Part One: Ageing, Image and Identity 'More than the Xs on my Hands': Older Straight Edgers and The Meaning of Style, Ross Haenfler, University of Mississippi, USA Performances of Post-Youth Sexual Identities in Queer Scenes, Jodie Taylor, Griffith University, Australia Ageing Rave Women's Post-Scene Narratives, Julie Gregory, Queen's University, Canada Part Two: Constraints of the Ageing Body 'Each One Teach One': B-Boying and Ageing, Mary Fogarty, York University Toronto, Canada Slamdancing, Ageing and Belonging, William Tsitos, University of Arizona, USA Rock Fans' Experiences of the Ageing Body: Becoming More Civilized, Lucy Gibson, University of Manchester, UK Part Three: Resources and Responsibilities Dance Parties, Lifestyle and Strategies for Ageing, Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Australia Punk, Ageing and the Expectations of Adult Life, Joanna Davis, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Alternative Women Adjusting to Ageing: How to Stay a Freak at Fifty, Samantha Holland, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK Part Four: Ageing Community The Collective Ageing of a Goth Festival, Paul Hodkinson, University of Surrey, UK Strong Riot Women and the Continuity of Feminist Subcultural Participation, Kristen Schilt, University of Chicago, USA and Danielle Giffort, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Parenthood and the Transfer of Subcultural Capital in the Northern Soul Scene, Nicola Smith, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK Bibliography Index

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Through a wide range of accessible ethnographic case studies, this highly original volume examines the ways in which members of subcultures adapt and see their identities evolve as they grow older.

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Andy Bennett is Director of the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University. Paul Hodkinson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.


This book brings forth some new avenues for studying youth cultures (and subcultures) within emerging fields such as Postyouth Studies, Dance Studies, and other original intersections. Graduate students studying popular music, cultural studies, sociology, and youth studies will appreciate its questionings and conceptualisation about the practices and the (sometimes unusual) representations of age and ageing persons, mostly from the ''X'' Generation, in various contexts. -- Yves Laberge * International Journal of Ageing and Later Life *
The book sets the tone for an emerging social system, distinctive in its acceptance and re-accommodating of age within youth culture, and provides a framework for further research -- David Lorbiecke, Tallinn University, Estonia * Anthropological Notebooks *
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -- D.S. Carr, Rutgers University * CHOICE *
Mentioned * Anthropological Notebooks *

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