‘I Can’t Seem To Stay A Fixed Ideal’: Self-Design and Self-Harm In Sub-Cultures

Mankowski, Guy (2014) ‘I Can’t Seem To Stay A Fixed Ideal’: Self-Design and Self-Harm In Sub-Cultures. Punk & Post Punk . ISSN 2044-1983

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This paper investigates the personal and social impact of predominantly musical subcultures. It looks at the extent to which in particular punk and post-punk subcultures have validated ideas of self-design. ‘Self-design’ here is a term analogous to Greenblatt’s (1980) concept of ‘self-fashioning’, referring to the capacity some influencers have to validate the subversion of cultural norms in aspects of personal presentation. After briefly contextualising the historical and cultural backdrops such groups and individuals have emerged from (e.g. mod, punk, post-punk, New Romantic and Riot Grrl) this paper will examine the social norms such figures can subvert. It will then go on to focus upon more extreme examples of self-design using the case study of Richey Edwards. The paper concludes by drawing from recent research to investigate where self-design ends and self-harm begins.

Keywords:subculture, Richey Edwards, self-harm, self-fashioning, self-design, performativity
Subjects:L Social studies > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:37814
Deposited On:10 Oct 2019 13:01

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