Life after (Straightedge) subculture

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This paper uses 20 in-depth interviews with individuals who formerly identified as straightedge to explore a largely overlooked but potentially important dimension of youth subcultures: life after subculture. Interviews illustrate the potential importance of life after subculture for gaining a fuller understanding of subculture and indicate that residue from former subcultural affiliation can be a marker of a group's relative substance. Interviews additionally underscore problems with prevailing theoretical models of subculture and support the claim that approaches to and conceptions of subculture should attend to phenomenological levels of analysis and potentialities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-274
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Straightedge
  • Subculture
  • Youth identity


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