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  • Have teenage subcultures changed forever?
  • Have teenage subcultures changed forever?
    justine-reyes, Creative Commons (2011) ©

What does a cool kid look like?

For today's youth, neo-tribalism is the new clique. Leaving blind conformity behind, these fast-moving, flexible cultures are a cocktail of affiliations and references, always shifting and reforming. But if everyone can be whoever they like, how do you know who’s in or out?

Location North America / Northern Europe

When Channing Tatum’s character in 21 Jump Street goes back to high school to work as an undercover detective, he plans on following the same rules that made him top dog ten years earlier. “One: don't try hard at anything,” he says. “Two: make fun of people who do try. Three: be handsome.” But things have changed. In fact, the entire popular kid rulebook has been ripped up. Not only has being a geek become cool, but being an individual is so encouraged that he struggles to even recognise half the school’s tribes “Okay, those are goths,” he says. ...



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