Punk with a Purpose: An Analysis of the Construction of Subcultural Identity and Habitus
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From an outsider’s viewpoint, punk may simply represent an obnoxious form of rebellion. For the individuals who consider themselves punk, however, participation emerges as an avenue by which they confront the foremost crisis of adolescence: the crisis of determining “who am I?” In the process of resolving this crisis, punk participants occupy and foster an alternate world that enables them to construct “a life less frightening,” where they may explore, relatively free from the pressure of dominant society, who they want to become and the rules by which they will live their lives. This research, therefore, explores the process by which adolescents forge both an individual identity and group consciousness through participation in punk.