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Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex hierarchies that emerge within the domain of popular culture. She portrays club cultures as "taste cultures" brought together by micro-media like flyers and listings, transformed into s Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex hierarchies that emerge within the domain of popular culture. She portrays club cultures as "taste cultures" brought together by micro-media like flyers and listings, transformed into self-conscious "subcultures" by such niche media as the music and style press, and sometimes recast as "movements" with the aid of such mass media as tabloid newspaper front pages. She also traces changes in the recording medium from a marginal entertainment in the 50s to the clubs and raves of the 90s. Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Thornton coins the term "subcultural capital" to make sense of distinctions made by "cool" youth, noting particularly their disparagement of the "mainstream" against which they measure their alternative cultural worth. Well supported with case studies, readable, and innovative, Club Cultures will become a key text in cultural and media studies and in the sociology of culture.


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Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex hierarchies that emerge within the domain of popular culture. She portrays club cultures as "taste cultures" brought together by micro-media like flyers and listings, transformed into s Focusing on youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves in Great Britain and the U.S., Sarah Thornton highlights the values of authenticity and hipness and explores the complex hierarchies that emerge within the domain of popular culture. She portrays club cultures as "taste cultures" brought together by micro-media like flyers and listings, transformed into self-conscious "subcultures" by such niche media as the music and style press, and sometimes recast as "movements" with the aid of such mass media as tabloid newspaper front pages. She also traces changes in the recording medium from a marginal entertainment in the 50s to the clubs and raves of the 90s. Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Thornton coins the term "subcultural capital" to make sense of distinctions made by "cool" youth, noting particularly their disparagement of the "mainstream" against which they measure their alternative cultural worth. Well supported with case studies, readable, and innovative, Club Cultures will become a key text in cultural and media studies and in the sociology of culture.

30 review for Club Cultures: Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luke Echo

    I rather enjoyed this book reading it 20 years after it was published. Re-interpreting ones own past experiences. It clarified a lot of ideas that I had been invaded with after reading Bourdieu's 'Distinction' and trying to apply his ideas to my personal situation. I am also reminded of Thomas Frank's writings that similarly question the ideological narrative of "alternative" cultures revealing their ultimately capitalist and 'neo-liberal' motivations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Interesting take on the mainstream vs subculture. Short read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sergi

    Sí queréis un estudio sobre la cultura rave y clubber que durante finales de los 80 y primeros de los 90 se estableció sobre todo en el Reino Unido, este libro vale mucho la pena. Desmarcándose del típico repaso sociológico, con el autor escribiendo desde fuera del fenómeno, Sarah Thornton hizo un trabajo de campo interesante metiéndose de lleno en la escena. Al ser un libro publicado en los 90 chirría un poco la aproximación que hace al fenómeno mediático como influencia sobre las subculturas, Sí queréis un estudio sobre la cultura rave y clubber que durante finales de los 80 y primeros de los 90 se estableció sobre todo en el Reino Unido, este libro vale mucho la pena. Desmarcándose del típico repaso sociológico, con el autor escribiendo desde fuera del fenómeno, Sarah Thornton hizo un trabajo de campo interesante metiéndose de lleno en la escena. Al ser un libro publicado en los 90 chirría un poco la aproximación que hace al fenómeno mediático como influencia sobre las subculturas, acostumbrados cómo estamos a internet y redes sociales como paradigma del cambio en este siglo. Pese a ello, es interesante porque ofrece una ventana a un momento muy concreto y uno de los grandes vectores subculturales de la época. Recomendable.

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    Rashmi

    Good one

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