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Popular Music and Youth Culture

Music, Identity and Place

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09 February 2000

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Music- and style-centred youth cultures are now a familiar aspect of everyday life in countries as far apart around the globe as Nepal and Jamaica, Hong Kong and Israel, Denmark and Australia. This lucid and original text...

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Music- and style-centred youth cultures are now a familiar aspect of everyday life in countries as far apart around the globe as Nepal and Jamaica, Hong Kong and Israel, Denmark and Australia. This lucid and original text provides a lively and wide-ranging account of the relationship between popular music and youth culture within the context of debates about the spatial dimensions of identity. It begins with a clear and comprehensive survey, and critical evaluation, of the existing body of literature on youth culture and popular music developed by sociologists and cultural and media theorists. It then develops a fresh perspective on the ways in which popular music is appropriated as a cultural resource by young people, using as a springboard a series of original ethnographic studies of dance music, rap, bhangra and rock. Bennett's original research material is carefully contextualised within a wider international literature on youth styles, local spaces and popular music but it serves to illustrate graphically how styles of music and their attendant stylistic innovations are appropriated and `lived out' by young people in particular social spaces. Music, Bennett argues, is produced and consumed by young people in ways that both inform their sense of self and also serve to construct the social world in which their identities operate.With its comprehensive coverage of youth and music studies and its important new insights, Popular Music and Youth Culture is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology, cultural studies, media studies and popular music studies.Dr ANDY BENNETT is lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has published articles on aspects of youth culture, popular music, local identity and music and ethnicity in a number of journals, including Sociological Review, Media Culture and Society and Popular Music. He is currently co-editing a book on guitar cultures.

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Comprehensively reviews recent sociological work on popular music, locality and youth
Sets fascinating case study material in an international research context
Lucid, engaging style of writing

PART 1 THEORIES OF YOUTH CULTURE AND POPULAR MUSIC
The Sociology of Youth Culture
Youth Culture and Popular Music
The Significance of Locality
PART 2: LOCAL REPRESENTATIONS: CASE STUDIES
Dance Music, Local Identity and Urban Space
Bhangra and Asian Music: The Role of Local Knowledge
Hip Hop am Main, Rappin' on the Tyne: Hip Hop Culture as a Local Construct in Two European Cities
The Benwell Floyd: Local Live Music, Sociality and the Politics of Musical Taste
Conclusion: Youth, Music, Locality and Identity
Bibliography
Index.

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ANDY BENNETT is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Prior to studying for his Ph.D at Durham University between October 1993 and October 1996 he spent two years in Germany working as a music teacher with the Frankfurt Rockmobil project. He has published articles on aspects of youth culture, popular music, local identity and music and ethnicity in a number of journals, including Sociological Review, Media Culture and Society and Popular Music. He is currently co-editing a book on guitar cultures.

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ANDY BENNETT is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. Prior to studying for his Ph.D at Durham University between October 1993 and October 1996 he spent two years in Germany working as a music teacher with the Frankfurt Rockmobil project. He has published articles on aspects of youth culture, popular music, local identity and music and ethnicity in a number of journals, including Sociological Review, Media Culture and Society and Popular Music. He is currently co-editing a book on guitar cultures.

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