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Family and Parenting in an Ageing ‘Youth’ Culture: A Collective Embrace of Dominant Adulthood

Hodkinson, P (2013) Family and Parenting in an Ageing ‘Youth’ Culture: A Collective Embrace of Dominant Adulthood Sociology, 47 (6). pp. 1072-1087.

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‘Youth’ music and style cultures, such as the punk, goth, metal and club scenes, often are regarded as opposed to the institution of the family and the values it symbolises. Yet significant numbers of the participants of such groups are now remaining actively involved into their thirties and beyond alongside the taking on of permanent cohabitation, marriage and parenthood. This article explores the increasing importance of family life for ageing members of ‘youth’ cultures in relation to the case study of the goth scene, a dark-themed grouping whose average age is rising. I emphasise the collective nature of the embrace of family among older goths and the implications of this for the values and environment of the group itself and the trajectories of individual members. Amongst other things, I explore whether the drift towards family and parenthood amongst goths might be understood as a collective assimilation into dominant adulthood.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : December 2013
Identification Number : 10.1177/0038038512454351
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Additional Information : Published in Sociology, 47-3, 2012. Copyright 2012 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Jul 2013 13:41
Last Modified : 01 Sep 2014 13:33

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