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Italian Goth Subculture

Kindred Creatures and Other Dark Enactments in Milan, 1982-1991

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 1-11
  3. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 13-40
  4. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 41-51
  5. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 53-85
  6. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 87-121
  7. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 123-154
  8. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 155-205
  9. Simone Tosoni, Emanuela Zuccalà
    Pages 207-219
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-236

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first in-depth investigation of the Goth subculture in Italy, focusing in particular on the city of Milan. It grows out of a three year research project - the first in Italy of this scope on the topic - based on the life histories of two dozen participants. In light of this, Simone Tosoni and Emanuela Zuccalà propose an innovative approach to the study of spectacular subcultures: contrarily to the most common accounts of the spectacular subcultures of the 80s, this book describes the experience of subcultural belonging as plural and internally diversified. In particular, three different variations - or 'enactments' - of goth are described in-depth: the politically engaged one; the one typical of the scene of the alternative music clubs spread all over northern Italy; and the one, common in the little towns surrounding Milan (but not limited to it), where participants used to 'enact' the dark subculture alone or in small groups.  Their book argues that while these three different variations of goth shared the same canon of subcultural resources (music, style, patterns of cultural consumptions), they differed under relevant points of view, like forms of socialization, stance toward political activism, identity construction processes, and even their relationship with urban space. Yet, contrarily to the stress on individual differences in 'subcultural' belonging typical of post-subcultural theorists, the Milanese variations of goth appear to have been socially shared, as socially shared were the different 'practices of enactment' of the subculture that characterized each of them.

Keywords

political activism Milan identity politics music urban space

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly
  2. 2.Freelance JournalistMilanItaly

About the authors

Simone Tosoni is Associate Professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy.

Emanuela Zuccalà is an independent journalist, writer and film-maker.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Italian Goth Subculture
  • Book Subtitle Kindred Creatures and Other Dark Enactments in Milan, 1982-1991
  • Authors Simone Tosoni
    Emanuela Zuccalà
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39811-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-39810-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-39813-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-39811-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Italy
    Popular Culture
    Social History
    Cultural History
    History of Modern Europe
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