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Share via Email 'They blast the flesh off humans! Teenage hoodlums from another world on a horrendous ray-gun rampage! The emergence of this thing called "youth culture" is a distinctly 20th-century phenomenon; the collision of increased standards of living, more leisure time, the explosion of post-war consumer culture and wider psychological research into adolescents all contributed to the formation of this new social category defined by age.
Previously, the rite of passage between childhood and adult life had not been so clearly demarcated -this is not to say that young adults didn't have their own activities before the invention of Brylcreem and crepe soles youth gangs were common in Victorian Britain, for example but it hadn't before been defined or packaged as a culture.
Once "invented", the "youth culture" provoked a variety of often contradictory responses: British post-war youth culture emerged primarily in response to the American popular culture centred on rock 'n' roll.
The fear was not only of hoodlums but also of the creeping Americanisation of British culture. But the impact of imported US films and music did not lead to cultural homogenisation; instead, it inspired a series of spectacular - and distinctly British - youth subcultures from the mids to the lates: Drug use became a feature of youth subcultures from the Mods onwards - not just any old drugs, but ones that characterised and defined the subculture in question.
Mods chose speed because it made them feel smart and invincible; it also gave them the energy to keep on the move, awake at all-nighters and through work the next day. Later, within rave culture, drug use - this time, ecstasy - was central to the point of being almost obligatory.
The tribes were created through the amalgamation of particular types of cultural goods; music, fashion, hairstyles, politics, drugs, dances - with their boundaries defined through crucial choices: Vespas or Harley-Davidsons, speed or acid, Dr Martens or desert boots.
But then, youth culture is full of contradiction: Britain also led the way in the study of youth, and its celebration of creativity and resistance, though these studies, naturally, have their favourite subcultures, often overlooking others.
Still, the kiss of death for any subculture is to be "understood" by a sociologist. By the late 70s and early 80s, youth subculture began to change, and became less gang-oriented.
The regular emergence of new subcultures slowed down, and the first major period of revivals began. It became difficult to identify distinct subcultures, rather than just musical styles.
In fact, something weird happened: Today, there are still plenty of new genres of music, but they don't have such visible subcultures affiliated to them. Even something as recent as 80s dance music and rave culture - after its initial, Smiley-faced, ecstasy-fuelled unity - fragmented into a multitude of sub-genres with no definable set of cultural attributes.
Despite society's consistent attempts to regulate youth culture, perhaps the main cause of its demise in recent years is the extension of adolescent behaviour until death by the Edinas and Patsys of this world.
Youth culture is now just another lifestyle choice, in which age has become increasingly irrelevant. Timeline Borstals open as special prisons for adolescents. Clare Leighton in Manchester's Hacienda club.The Hyman Archive contains over 5, individual title publications and over , individual issues, with the collection still growing at approximately 30% per annum.
Apr 28, · The 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s had some great music. But which decade do you think had the best music or is your favorite decade for music? looks being the main focus, youth being the main focus, lack of instruments, producers being the main talent, The crap we're hearing today began in the 90s.
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