The text emphasizes methods, concepts, and analysis rather than mere descriptions of individual subcultures, all the while ensuring readers will gain insight into past and present youthful subcultures, including mod, punk, hardcore, straightedge, messenger, goth, riot grrrl, hip-hop, skinhead, and extreme metal, among others. The book closes with an assessment of the subculture concept as a viable and useful sociological tool in comparison with other fields of study including social movements and fandom.
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Chapter 1: Subcultural theory.
Chapter 2: Theoretical and methodological traditions.
Chapter 3: Race and gender in subcultural experience.
Chapter 4: Style.
Chapter 5: Resistance: Subculture from the inside.
Chapter 6: Labels and moral panics: subcultures from the outside.
Chapter 7: Identity and Authenticity.
Chapter 8: Scales.
Chapter 9: Related fields.
Chapter 10: A final note on concepts.