From Exaltation to Abjection: Depictions of Subculture in Quadrophenia and Ill Manors

  • Keely Hughes
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


This chapter explores the veracity and accuracy of defining and describing subculture in contemporary society. Using an analysis of the films Quadrophenia (1979) by Franc Roddam and Ill Manors (2012) by Ben Drew, the chapter provides a critical discussion of the constructions of subcultural affiliations in light of the role and representation of class relations and ‘symbolic styles’ (Hebdige, Subculture: the meaning of style, Methuen, 1979). This essay argues that there has been a shift in the construction of subcultural movements and affiliations from a form of self-othering in Quadrophenia to external-othering in Ill Manors which is largely connected to changes within the capitalist system and the increasing desperation of the working classes to survive as an entity under contemporary neoliberal policies.


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  • Keely Hughes
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityNewcastle-under-LymeUK

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