Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture
Goths represent one of the most arresting, distinctive and enduring subcultures of recent times. The dedication of those involved to a lifestyle which, from the outside, may appear dark and sinister, has spawned reactions ranging from admiration to alarm. Until now, no one has conducted a full-scale ethnographic study of this fascinating subcultural group. Based on extensi...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Berg Publishers
(first published July 1st 2002)
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Dec 19, 2008 Leonardo rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Goths, sociologists, friends of goths
An interesting and one of the first academics attempts at grabbing the goth subculture. Professor Hodkinson has the advantage of being both an academician and a goth. There have certainly been many "insider versions" over the years and interesting chronicles of gothic rock and goths (cfr. Mick Mercer's books), and regular sensationslist or dismissive accounts in pop culture magazines and books, but few attempts to study goth subculture. Hodkinson covers most aspects of goth suclture, attempting...more
Once again, very useful to those interested in the 'subculture' and its style (the title clearly reveals the overall thesis of Hodkinson's project). But -- so many stones remain unturned in terms of Gothic music, the lyrics of goth bands, their music videos, their stage performances, and so on.
Read this for a subcultural studies class. Although Hodkinson's view of contemporary Goth subculture is a bit ridged compared to my own experiences and too firmly entrenches Goths in the classic subculture category, it is a impressive work and worth the read.