Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

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Style-based subcultures, scenes and tribes - along with their music genres - have pulsated through the history of social, economic and political change. From 1940s zoot-suiters and hepcats; through 1950s rock 'n' rollers, beatniks and Teddy boys; 1960s surfers, rudeboys, mods, hippies and bikers; 1970s skinheads, soul boys, rastas, glam rockers, funksters and punks; on to the heavy metal, hip-hop, casual, goth, rave and clubber styles of the 1980s, 90s, noughties and beyond; distinctive blends of fashion and music have become a defining feature of the cultural landscape. Research into these phenomena has traversed the social sciences and humanities, and this Network aims to bring together recent studies, insights and methodological approaches in this rich, interdisciplinary field.


Please see our Call for Proposals for Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music here

Ripped, torn and cut: Pop, politics and punk fanzines from 1976 (Manchester University Press, 2018)Matt-Worley-book-cover







Britain and the World (Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2018).








Youth Culture and Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Youth Culture and Social Change







Fight Back: Punk, Politics and Resistance (Manchester University Press, 2015).








Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change (Cambridge Scholars, 2014).








Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of 'Consensus' (Routledge, 2014).








'Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of 'Consensus' in Post-War Britain', Special Issue of Contemporary British History, vol. 26, no. 3 (2012).










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