Item description for Club Cultures: Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital (Music/Culture) by Sarah Thornton...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 1996
ISBN 0819562971 ISBN13 9780819562975
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More About Sarah Thornton
Sarah Thornton was the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist. She holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology. She lives in London and San Francisco.
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a classic in the area of subcultural studies May 24, 2010
I never write reviews, but I felt compelled because my experience with this book was so different from the other reviewer's. I found this book very easy to read. She explores rave culture in the U.K. through her first-hand research and she extends Bourdieu's theory of cultural capital in a very natural way. This book will surely be in the cannon of important subcultural analyses, and I've seen it referenced many times in scholarly articles. It is at once scholarly and interesting, and I definitely recommend it.
disappointing Dec 30, 2009
I got this book after very much enjoying Thornton's "7 Days in the Art World". But this book is just about unreadable. I stopped after about 30 minutes. It might have made an OK long magazine article, but it is just too booooooring.