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Punk Identities in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Peter Alexander en
dc.contributor.author Basson, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-21T09:48:12Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-21T09:48:12Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01-21T09:48:12Z
dc.date.submitted 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3022
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract Punk was not only a music and fashion phenomenon of the 1970s, but the embodiment of non-conformity, discontent and a do-it-yourself culture that has continued to inspire the alternative youth of successive generations. One new cohort are the post-apartheid punks that provided the focus of this minor dissertation. The following three methods were used to collect qualitative data on South African punks: a qualitative content analysis, observations and semi-structured interviews. A search for the best conceptual tools with which to analyse this information found that previous usage of the concepts ‘subculture’ and ‘scene’ were useful, but inadequate. ‘Identity’ on the other hand, was capable of highlighting and examining the complexities of the punk phenomenon. The history of punk demonstrated that cross-cutting experiences, specific contexts, sub-categorisation and political motivations also contribute to the multiple meanings of punk. Similar influences were found at play in the South African case, but with a few crucial differences. Sub-categorisation was discussed in connection to a general and significant shift from old school to new school punk. The new school outlook is far more fun than the aggressive old school punk attitude of the 1970s. This change in punk culture provides an explanation for why it is that even politically aware punks, rarely make activism a priority. It may also explain why this small, optimistic, good humoured and creative ‘punk family’ do not express the fear and uncertainty normally found in punk collectives. The proudly South African context has also unexpectedly fostered the confidence of these mostly white, male and middle class punks. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Punk culture en
dc.title Punk Identities in Post-Apartheid South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en


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