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A quantitative study of wealthy youth subcultures : relationships and identity

by Suzukamo, Alison


Using the subcultural framework from the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) and Marxist definitions of class this study seeks to better understand upper class youth subcultures. It argues that through identity tied to the parent culture upper class youth form subcultures of symbolic resistance around relationships both romantic and familial. This study uses quantitative analysis of a survey taken at Colorado College. Gender was statistically significant when determining respondents feelings and actions around relationships. Young women were attempting to resist the dominant discourse while young men were complicit, proving gender as a currently relevant subculture. Overall, class was not statistically significant. The analysis draws on Muggleton’s (2000) theory of neo-tribalism and hypothesis that class is no longer relevant to post modern youth. In the end, participating in youth subcultures gives the youth a sense of resistance, however, is a futile effort as subcultures are re-commodified by their dominant culture and rendered harmless without any real change to the structures of power.


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Colorado College
Digital Origin
born digital
45 pages : illustrations (some color)
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Giuffre, Katherine Anne
Degree Name
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued