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Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls : Deviance and Youth Subcultures



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Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls offers a concise and engaging introduction to deviance and subculture studies. Each chapter examines a contemporary youth subculture while exploring theoretical concepts. Skinhead, punk rock/hardcore/straight edge, hip hop, heavy metal, virginity pledgers, Goths, gamers and hackers, fic writers, and riot grrls illuminate sociological concepts with examples relevant to contemporary students. The book addresses topics such as symbolic interactionist theory, status hierarchy, the role of style and politics in music scenes, enacting race and gender, moral panics, positive deviance, social stigma, the components of a virtual subculture, and more. Each chapter points readers to further resources, including websites, films, and books. The book concludes with discussions of resistance, commodification, and what happens as subcultural youth age.

Author Biography

Ross Haenfler is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. He is the coauthor of the Better World Handbook: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference (2007) and Straight Edge: Clean Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change (2006).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Skinheads-The Symbolism of Style and Ritualp. 17
Punk Rock, Hardcore, and Straight Edge-Status and Hierarchy in Subculturesp. 31
Hip Hop-"Doing" Gender and Race in Subculturesp. 45
Heavy Metal-Moral Panics, Satanic Scares, and Moral Entrepreneursp. 61
Virginity Pledgers-Religion, Sexual Identity, and Positive Deviancep. 77
Goth-Stigma and Stigma Managementp. 91
Gamers, Hackers, and Facebook-Computer Cultures, Virtual Community, and Postmodern Identityp. 105
Riot Grrrls and Fic Writers-Girls Take on the Mediap. 123
Questions and Conclusions-Resistance, Commodification, and Growing upp. 137
Referencesp. 149
Notesp. 162
Indexp. 165
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