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The term of subculture seems at least confusing It seems to point in a pejorative way to something lower than culture to a hybrid form similar in many respects to kitsch as a pseudo-art of bad quality inferior to the veritable art In reality the subculture is an expression of the great cultural diversity existent in any society and which emphasizes the identity of different social groups characterized by rules values and lifestyles alternative or different one from the other If we were to define culture as a lifestyle consisting of ways to do to be and to think in a very specific way belonging to a certain social group different from other groups The idea of subculture is strongly connected to the idea of social strucuture which is the assembly of social positions of individuals as members of same ethnic groups religionsor professional ones These positions imply specific ways of expressing oneself of interpreting the world of giving it particular cultural meanings This is how social structure determines the creation of different subcultures inside society These subcultures are seen as products of some rules or alternative values as compared to those belonging to global culture or they may be seen as a result of certain rules values and lifestyles which are considered to be deviant or marginal as compared to the legitimate or conventional ones Some subcultures are legitimate some are illegitimate or deviant such as criminal subculturesfor instance However each subculture has its own perceptions definitions meanings and focal areas of interest as represented by the young peoples subculture the criminal offense subculture the homosexual subculture the drug dealers subculture The young peoples subculture for example contains areas such as leisure hedonism and nonconformism Remarkable is the fact that the cultural elements which define a subculture may remain for a long time insignificant
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