REPORT
Jun 30, 2010
Aesthetics not politics: contemporary teenage tribes

Are the parameters and polemics at play in constructing a youth subculture the same as they were 60 years ago? Ruby Pseudo investigates, touching on drugs, dubstep and disenchantment among UK youth.

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If Jon Savage explained Punk – a subculture existing nearly thirty years ago - as a ‘bricolage’ of almost every previous youth culture, imagine the cultural conundrum we face in examining today’s teenage tribes. Since the birth of the word ‘teenage’ in 1944, we now have material from over 60 years of subculture to analyse for clues to today’s bricolage; but are we jumping the gun in thinking the same parameters and polemics exist around the creation of a youth subculture and tribe today?