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Subcultures and Scenes

A guide for students and researchers interested in the study of Subcultures and Scenes


This is a selective guide to some of the resources available for researching Subcultures and Scenes. This page will be your gateway to books, journal articles, and web resources.  Here are a few other subject guides that will be of interest to you:

So, What is a Subculture Anyway?

Skateboarders. Goths. Club kids. Punks. Steampunks. Beats. Breakdancers. Hip Hop Heads. Deadheads. Phishheads. Slam poets. Jedis in Washington Square Park...just to name a few!

Subcultures are everywhere--some are more visible than others. But what is a subculture? What are we talking about?

Here's the Oxford English Dictionary definition of Subculture:

An identifiable subgroup within a society or group of people, especially one characterized by beliefs or interests at variance with those of the larger group; the distinctive ideas, practices, or way of life of such a subgroup.

Films in the Avery Fisher Center

The Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media (AFC)

is located on the 7th floor of Bobst Library.  

Here is just a sampling of the films documenting subcultures that are available at the AFC: