Subculture : The Meaning of Style, Paperback

Subculture : The Meaning of Style Paperback

Part of the New Accents series

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'Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style is so important: complex and remarkably lucid, it's the first book dealing with punk to offer intellectual content.

Hebdige [...] is concerned with the UK's postwar, music-centred, white working-class subcultures, from teddy boys to mods and rockers to skinheads and punks.' - Rolling Stone With enviable precision and wit Hebdige has addressed himself to a complex topic - the meanings behind the fashionable exteriors of working-class youth subcultures - approaching them with a sophisticated theoretical apparatus that combines semiotics, the sociology of devience and Marxism and come up with a very stimulating short book - Time Out This book is an attempt to subject the various youth-protest movements of Britain in the last 15 years to the sort of Marxist, structuralist, semiotic analytical techniques propagated by, above all, Roland Barthes.

The book is recommended whole-heartedly to anyone who would like fresh ideas about some of the most stimulating music of the rock era - The New York Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, references, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cultural studies
  • ISBN: 9780415039499



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Hebdidge wrote this while the events, trends and practices he describes were all pretty recent and he tries very hard to imbue the punk and post-punk world with a social and political relevance that I'm afraid it just didn't have. Not that what Hebdidge talks about meant nothing, just it didn't really carry the deep, mainly political, significance he'd have liked it to. Style has a meaning, but we always knew it did--we just thought it was ephemeral meaning. Hebdidge doesn't manage to disabuse us of this notion.

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