This book is the first in-depth, ethnographic study of the Dutch punk scene. It questions the artificial boundaries of subcultural research, calling for a critical analysis of the distinctions drawn between subcultural and everyday lives, and between localised and globalised subcultures. The everyday experiences of punk are framed within the mobile and connected global subculture of which they are a part. It traces its emergence in the 1970s and its development through to 2010, with chapters that map Dutch punk historically and spatially. Further chapters explore the meanings and practices attached to punk by its participants before focusing in particular on the political affiliations of punks. This book argues for an approach to social research that recognises the 'messiness' and the 'connectedness' of punk and of the social world.
Kirsty Lohman is Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, UK. Her current work examines 'Punk, Politics and Gender in the UK' and her other research interests include DIY musical/cultural participation, gender, sexuality, transnational cultural mobility and political and community activism.
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Connected Lives of Dutch Punks: Contesting Subcultural Boundaries.- Chapter 2. Theories of Punk and Subculture.- Chapter 3. Punk Lives On: Generations of Punk and Squatting in the Netherlands.- Chapter 4. Mobility and Connections: In and Beyond the Dutch Punk Scene.- Chapter 5. Punk Is.- Chapter 6. Punks' Wider Lives: Punks and their Politics.- Chapter 7. Conclusion: Dutch Punk Lives: Contesting Subcultural Boundaries.- Postscipt.- Appendix: Participants.- Index.