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Analysis of Subculture the Meaning of Style Dick Hebdige argues in his book Subculture the Meaning of Style that the different subcultures in Britain in the 1950s 60s and 70s exemplify the fluidity of cultural objects Thus subcultures such as the Mods Punks Skinheads wishing to differentiate themselves from the parent culture borrow objects styles and music from ethnically diverse groups like the African Caribbean or West Indian populations According to Hebdige the revolutionary value of a subculture depends on to what extent items commodities andor signs from one culture are radically subverted or changed in another A subculture is a cultural subgroup differentiated by status ethnic background residence religion or other factors that functionally unify the group and act collectively on each member The expansion of punk subculture overall is entirely a product of our postmodern times as well as a direct result of art movements which occurred previously Throughout time there have been many groups of people who have faced degrees of isolation from society as a whole who remedied this by creating distinct subcultures to combat feelings of alienation as well as ways to reclaim their subjective powers Subcultures like punk provide a sense of solidarity and understanding to supporter which on the whole is lacking in mainstream society Culture is very stable but it is still something that is subject to change There are different causes to change including accidents or the unexpected outcomes of events that are already in exist Sometimes it is also the attempt to solve a perceived problem Change can also be forced upon a group through intense contact between two societies Adapting and progressing are both consequences and are not causes of change The subcultures introduced in the previous sections of Hebdiges book Subculture The Meaning of Style have been described as a series of mediated responses to the presence in Britain of a sizeable black community The proximity of the two positions - white
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