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Youth subcultures: Theory, history and the Australian experience

Youth subcultures
Theory, history and the Australian experience

Edited by Rob White

ACYS Publishing
ISBN 1875236589

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In its 4th reprint, this is the classic text on Australian youth subcultures and an essential guide to the lifestyle and cultural concerns of young people in Australia.

Youth subcultures is an area of perennial interest, debate and contention in Australian youth studies, and the study of youth cultures and subcultures continues to be highly relevant to understanding where each generation of young people is coming from and, perhaps, where it is going. In his preface, Rob White writes:

This book stands as testimony to the persistence of interest in youth subcultures, and of the complexities, ambiguities and continuities of street culture and youth group formation over time. Youth subcultures, in varying forms, do exist in Australia today.

They share many of the attributes of similar phenomena in the past. Yet they incorporate in dynamic fashion the latest developments in technology, the influence of globalised communications, ever fluid ideas about identity and the self, and widely varying commitment, consciousness and purposes.


The book provides an overview and survey of Australian theory, research, history and experience in relation to youth subcultures and youth cultural activity. It includes case studies and historical sketches of a wide range of experiences of young people throughout Australia, from bodgies and widgies in the 1950s through to the goths and bogans of the 1990s. It also examines the factors underlying the formation of diverse youth subcultures, and reviews the theoretical debates on the interpretation of the cultural experiences of young people.

Youth Subcultures will be of interest to teachers, academics, youth and community workers, tertiary students, parents and young people themselves. Originally published in 1993 by the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, this title was reprinted in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006.

About the editor  

Rob White is Chair of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Research Unit at the University of Tasmania's School of Sociology and Social Work. Professor White is an internationally respected scholar in the fields of youth studies, sociology and criminology. Among his books are: Youth & societyYouth subculturesNo space of their ownJuvenile justice; Crime & criminologyCrime & social controlCrime & societyControversies in environmental sociology;Crime prevention; and Crimes against nature. He has extensive practical experience in working with youth and community workers, police services, teachers, drug and alcohol workers, government policymakers and academic researchers. He is also the Director of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

Table of contents 

'Let's talk about sex' - National survey

Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) are conducting a national survey of young people on sex and sexual health education.  Original article

03 May 2012

New webinar series for the youth sector

The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Youth Research Centre from the University of Melbourne will be co-presenting a webinar series, Open Space, looking at issues important to the youth sector. The first webinar entitiled Promoting young people’s wellbeing in communities will be held on 6 June at 2:30pm. Presenter Andrew Cummings from AYAC is joined by researcher, Richard Eckersley, Young and Well's Michelle Blanchard and other practitioners discussing the importance of community to the wellbeing of young people. Registration information

03 May 2012

Keep them safe interim review- workforce survey 2012

The NSW Government is undertaking an Interim Review of the NSW Action Plan Keep Them Safe: A Shared Approach to Child Wellbeing. This includes a survey targeting Mandatory Reporters across New South Wales. Original article

03 May 2012

Effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents

A review conducted by the Anna Freud Centre and Tavistock Clinic in London suggests this treatment can be effective for a range of childhood disorders – though some disorders are more responsive to psychotherapy than others. Original article

03 May 2012

Youth Foyer for vulnerable young people in Victoria

Funding for a trial of youth foyers in Victoria has been included as part of the recently announced state budget, with first of three foyers to be built in Broadmeadows. Original article

03 May 2012

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