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ERIC Number: EJ812210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Cultural Meaning and Hip-Hop Fashion in the African-American Male Youth Subculture of New Orleans
Baxter, Vern Kenneth; Marina, Peter
Journal of Youth Studies, v11 n2 p93-113 Apr 2008
This paper reports results from an ethnographic study of African-American youth subculture in a New Orleans high school. The paper contends that youth subculture remains an important construct to situate stylistic resistance among subaltern groups like urban black youth that confront demands for conformity from representatives of institutional authority with alternative cultural solutions. The core argument is that resistance to demands for conformity among members of this subculture stands as a challenge to institutional power enforced by agents of media, school, police, and the prison that label as deviant stylistic expressions such as wearing sagging black pants and braided hairstyles. However, care must be taken not to reify youth subculture affiliation as overly inclusive and resistant, and instead focus on the variable commitment of participants to dominant culture or subculture. Subcultural styles like wearing sagging black pants manifest an ambiguous cocktail of resistance and acceptance of hegemonic ideals and reveal the contradictory fashion and behavioral codes of contending status orders that validate identities. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana