Praise for the first edition:
`No one seriously interested in youth mass culture or style can afford to ignore this work.' - Stanley Cohen, The Times Higher Education Supplement
`The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies deserves our gratitude for having begun to locate the real areas of discussion.' - New Society
`...affords an authoritative perspective of society's subcultures amongst the young since the war. What it has to say about that legacy of rebellion deserves to be read by all involved with and seeking to understand young people.' - ILEA Contact
This revised and expanded edition of Resistance through Rituals includes a new introduction to bring the reader fully up-to-date with the changes that have happened since the work's first release in the double issue of Working Papers in Cultural Studies in 1975.
The work of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham has been noted as historically leading the field in new areas of enquiry within the field of cultural studies, and the papers from the Centre are canonical reading for many cultural studies students. This revised edition includes all the original, exceptional papers, and enhances these with the reflections of the editors thirty years after the original publication.
At a time when youth culture had been widely publicised, but few people understood its significance as one of the most striking and visible manifestations of social and political change, these papers redressed the balance. Looking in detail at the wide range of post-war youth subcultures, from teds, mods and skinheads to black Rastafarians, Resistance through Rituals considers how youth culture reflects and reacts to cultural change.
This text represents the collective understanding of the leading centre for contemporary culture, and serves to situate some of the most important cultural work of the twentieth century in the new millennium.
One More Around Resistance through Rituals Introduction Theory 1 Subcultures, Cultures and Class: A Theoretical Overview Some Notes on the Relationship between the Societal Control Culture and the News Media: The Construction of a Law and Order Campaign Ethnography Cultural Responses of the Teds: The defence of space and status The Meaning of Mod The Skinheads and the Maical Recovery of Community Doing Nothing The Cultural Meaning of Drug Use Ethnography Through the Looking Glass: The case of Howard Becker Communes: A Thematic Typology Reggae, Rastas and Rudies Appendix: Unemployment, the Context of street Boy Culture A Strategy for Living: Black Music and White Subcultures Structures, Cultures and Biographies Theory 2 Style Consciousness of Class and Consciousness of Generation Girls and Subcultures: An Exploration A Note on Marginality The Politics of Youth Culture Method Naturalistic Resrach into Subcultures and Deviance: An Account of Sociological Tendency The Logic of Enquiry of Participant Observation: A Critical Review References Index