Subculture:the meaning of style

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"Analysis of Subculture: the Meaning of Style"

Dick Hebdige argues in his book, Subculture: the Meaning of Style, that the different subcultures in Britain in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s exemplify the fluidity of cultural objects. Thus, subcultures (such as the Mods, Punks, Skinheads) wishing to differentiate themselves from the parent culture "borrow" objects, styles, and music from ethnically diverse groups (like the African Caribbean or West Indian populations). According to Hebdige, the revolutionary value of a subculture depends on to what extent items, commodities, and/or signs from one culture are radically subverted or changed in another.

A subculture is a cultural subgroup differentiated by status, ethnic background, residence, religion, or other factors that functionally unify the group and act collectively on each member.

The expansion of punk subculture, overall, is entirely a product of our postmodern times, as well as a direct result of art movements which occurred previously.

Throughout time, there have been many groups of people who have faced degrees of isolation from society as a whole, who remedied this by creating distinct subcultures to combat feelings of alienation, as well as ways to reclaim their subjective powers. Subcultures like punk provide a sense of solidarity and understanding to supporter, which on the whole, is lacking in mainstream society.

Culture is very stable but it is still something that is subject to change. There are different causes to change including accidents or the unexpected outcomes of events that are already in exist. Sometimes it is also the attempt to solve a perceived problem. Change can also be forced upon a group through intense contact between two societies. Adapting and progressing are both consequences and are not causes of change.

The subcultures introduced in the previous sections of Hebdige's book Subculture: The Meaning of Style have been...