次文化研究：文化研究概論──2005年秋季 Studies in Subcultures—Introduction to Cultural Studies (Fall 2005)
中央大學英文系何春蕤 Jo Ho
office hours：Monday afternoon 2-5
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of doing cultural studies through an investigation of the dynamics of subculture. We will use Dick Hebdige’s canonical work Subculture: The Meaning of Style as a point of departure to look into the growing interest in the emergence, expression, social existence, transformation, commodification, media representation, resistance, and study of subcultures. The course will look into the ways identity is constructed through subcultural forms as well as the cultures that spring up around different subcultural elements. We will examine the historical and geographical contexts in which specific subcultures arise and read texts that trace the spatial and temporal movements of different subcultural styles to understand how dominant cultures and subcultures communicate, clash, and intersect with each other and how specific subcultures grow out of and work against mainstream culture and its dominant power structures. Students will be required to conduct field research into local subcultures and write their final project as a contribution to this burgeoning field of research.
You are responsible for locating, describing, and sharing with your classmates one appropriate subcultural phenomenon. Briefly describe this select phenomenon by contextualizing it within a particular subculture, collecting existing literature on the subject, and performing an annotated reading/critique of the literature. Be as specific and creative as possible in both your summary and analysis, and stretch your imagination in envisioning other possible approaches. Promising topics may be developed into your final project.
Write a research paper of 10 pages that demonstrates your understanding and management of the theoretical approaches to subcultures and your own insight into specific subcultural forms and/or artifacts.
- Gelder, Ken & Sarah Thornton, eds. The Subcultures Reader. London & New York: Routledge, 1997.
- Hebdige, Dick. Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London and New York: Methuen, 1979.
- Hodkinson, Paul. Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture. Oxford, New York: Berg, 2002. 9-64.
- Noebel, David A. Rhythm, Riots and Revolution. Tulsa, OK: Christian Crusade Publications, 1966. 76-119; 212-232.
- Sweetman, Paul. “Anchoring the (Postmodern) Self: Body Modification, Fashion, and Identity.” Body Modification. Ed. by Mike Featherstone. London: Sage, 2000. 51-76.
- Thornton, Sarah. Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. Hanover and London: Wesleyan UP, 1996. 87-162.
- Craig O’Hara著，張釗維譯，《龐客的哲學：不只是噪音》，台北：商周，2005。