'Being' Versus 'Doing' Punk: On Achieving Authenticity as a Member

  title={'Being' Versus 'Doing' Punk: On Achieving Authenticity as a Member},
  author={Sue Widdicombe and Robin Wooffitt},
  journal={Journal of Language and Social Psychology},
  pages={257 - 277}
In this paper we examine some ways in which members of subcultures make comparisons between and within subcultural groups and one function served by such comparisons. Specifically, we illustrate how social comparisons are used to achieve authenticity for the subcultural group and for the self as a member of that group. Our analysis focuses on the language through which such comparisons are made in people's talk. The data come from a series of informal interviews with punks, gothics and hippies… Expand
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