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Youth Culture 1

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My dissertation, Punk, Art and Education  (1990) involved interviewing and photographing members of youth cultures including punks and dead heads. A common goal among these groups was the improvement of society. The toughness that I expected to find was evident in the music of punks. That toughness contrasted with the "peace and love" calmness of previous generations (especially 1960s). The speed and volume of punk music was a strong declaration of their discontent with society.  Although seemingly opposite, both punks and deadheads had similar messages about the benefits of being creative.   One aspect of my study commented on male dominance in these two subcultures.  Aside from that inequality, the young people made important statements and inspirational music mostly about being aware of injustices among us.


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