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Targeted Harassment, Subcultural Identity and the Embrace of Difference: A Case Study

Hodkinson, P and Garland, J (2016) Targeted Harassment, Subcultural Identity and the Embrace of Difference: A Case Study British Journal of Sociology.

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Abstract

This paper examines the significance of experiences and understandings of targeted harassment to the identities of youth subcultural participants, through case study research on goths. It does so against a context of considerable recent public discussion about the victimisation of alternative subcultures and a surprising scarcity of academic research on the subject. The analysis presented indicates that, although individual direct experiences are diverse, the spectre of harassment can form an ever-present accompaniment to subcultural life, even for those who have never been seriously targeted. As such, it forms part of what it is to be a subcultural participant and comprises significant common ground with other members. Drawing upon classic and more recent understandings of how subcultural groups respond to broader forms of outside hostility, we show how the shared experience of feeling targeted for harassment tied in with a broader subcultural discourse of being stigmatised by a perceived ‘normal’ society. The role of harassment as part of this, we argue, contributed to the strength with which subcultural identities were felt and to a positive embrace of otherness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hodkinson, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Garland, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : September 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hodkinson, P and Garland, J (2016) Targeted Harassment, Subcultural Identity and the Embrace of Difference: A Case Study British Journal of Sociology. ISSN 1468-4446, which will be published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1468-4446/. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Dec 2015 15:00
Last Modified : 23 Aug 2016 11:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809378

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