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In the “family” of the different others (Subcultural identities – styles, ideologies, prejudices)

Author(s): Vihra Barova
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The paper presents a study on the formation and the transformations of the subcultural group identity in postsocialist Bulgaria. A number of stylistic orientations are presented (punk, hardcore, skinhead, casual) along with related ideological dispositions (“extreme left”, “extreme right”, apolitical). Both paint a real picture of the development of these youth movements bound to a distinct class background and a specific form of opposing the dominant culture. The maintenance of their subcultural identity is related to several compulsory prerequisites: clothes, music, and presence in a defined real or virtual space, practicing of specific activities (having tattoos, attending concerts and/or football games and street protests). The current field material is based on participant observation in the groups carried out in Plovdiv in the period January-October 2012. In addition the author discusses some of the prejudices connected to the distinctiveness of these subgroups whose access to work and education is difficult. The study is part of the project “Youth subcultures in postsocialist Bulgaria”, financed by the Science Research Fund, “Young scholars – 2011” competition.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 72-93
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Bulgarian