Identifying with the Punk and Hardcore Scene
In the previous chapter it was demonstrated by using various examples how the development of the scene is closely related to the social, political, and economic development of Argentina. Furthermore, it was depicted that social categories are reflected in the scene and that a certain diversity of scene members is apparent. These findings create the impression that punk and hardcore could not be seen as an alternative or counter project to 'mainstream' society, since all of its output appears to be mere a reaction to developments of the meta-level, and even societal structures maintain a dominant influence. Terms like 'subculture' or 'counter culture', which suggest an application of Turner's division between 'structure' and 'anti structure', seem obsolete, whereas the entanglement with the 'mainstream' society – some would say the absorption by the 'mainstream' – of punk and hardcore is apparent. It cannot be denied, however, that punk and hardcore forms a certain community that follows particular ideas and forms of behavior and that it is not just a shared interest or a hobby, such as “playing rugby or tennis”, as one of the research partners cynically suggested. The members of this group feel committed to other scene members, treat each other in particular ways, and recognize each other as associates. In short, they identify with that group. The question how the group is constituted moves to the center of interest. To answer this question, I will first consider the individual and ask why the identification with the group is desired and pursued. In a second step the constitution of community will be examined closely and problems in this process of formation will be revealed.
KeywordsResearch Participant Straight Edge Conversation Partner Music Style Counter Culture
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