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American Subcultures addresses all the essential questions of discovery to teach you more about how marginalized groups interact in our culture. With readings from psychologists, journalists, philosophers, sociologists, activists, and others, and a new chapter on online subcultures, it explores key issues related to this topic in a way that increases your understanding of — and ability to write about — these subcultures.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What Is Life Like on the Margins?
Arlene Stein, The Stranger Next Door
Joe Donnelly, The Ghosts of Dogtown
Nina Strochlic, American Gypsies Are a Persecuted Minority That Is Starting to Fight Back
Immy Humes, A Life Apart: A Brief Introduction to Hasidism
Richard Stevick, Growing Up Amish: Building an Amish Identity
Tristan Ahtone, Native American Gangs
Steve Neumann, Welcome to Birdpunk: A Subculture of a Subculture
Chapter 2: How Do Subcultures Define Themselves?
Sinclair Bolden, The Real Real
Anatole Broyard, A Portrait of the Hipster
Linda Stasi and Elisa Melendez, Cosplay: Two Views
Case, Sue-Ellen, Making Butch: An Historical Memoir of the 1970s
Edward Dolnick, Deafness as Culture
Avery Alexander, Black Nerds Are Necessary to Fandom Culture
Hunter S. Thompson, Hells Angels
William Finnegan, The Unwanted
Brittany Julious, The State of Black Subcultures in 21st Century America
Chapter 3: How Do Subcultures Challenge Authority?
Bruce Levine, Why Anti-Authoritarians Are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill
Alex Forman, San Francisco Style: The Diggers and the Love Revolution
Catherine Ramirez, Saying “Nothin’”: Pachucas and the Languages of Resistance
Kristen Schilt, The Appropriation and Packaging of Riot Grrrl Politics
Ariel Climer, Riding to Resist: L.A. Bicyclists Brave Death to Empower Communities
Dana Goodyear, Raw Deal
George Gurley, Pleasures of the Fur
Chapter 4: What Values Do Subcultures Share with Mainstream America?
James Dowd and Laura Dowd, The Center Holds
Leslie Heywood, Building Otherwise: Bodybuilding as Immersive Practice
Gabrielle Puglisi, Roller Derby for Everybody: A History and Culture of Inclusivity
Soo Ah Kwon, Autoexoticizing: Asian American Youth and the Import Car Scene
Kim Murphy, The American Redoubt: Where Survivalists Plan to Survive
Glenden Brown, Femininity and Toughness: What Rodeo Queens Tell Us about America
Mark Stryker, A Street Art Culture Clash as Graffiti Goes Mainstream
Patton Oswalt, Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die
Dylan Clark, The Death and Life of Punk, The Last Subculture
Chapter 5: What Happens When Subcultures Form Online?
Ross Haenfler, Virtual Deviance
Brett Scott, The Hacker Hacked
Rebecca Jennings, E-girls and E-boys, Explained
Sabrina Qiao, Sad & Sexualized: The Renaissance of the ABG
Erika Gault, Why Are All the Gospel Rappers Online?
Zack Beauchamp, Our Incel Problem
Barrett Swanson, The Anxiety of Influencers
Kaitlyn Tiffany, My Little Pony Fans Are Ready to Admit They Have a Nazi Problem