Rethinking Subculture: An Interactionist Analysis

  title={Rethinking Subculture: An Interactionist Analysis},
  author={Gary Alan Fine and Sherryl Kleinman},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1 - 20}
Subculture, despite the term's wide usage in sociology, has not proved to be a very satisfactory explanatory concept. Several problems in previous subculture research are discussed: (1) the confusion between subculture and subsociety, (2) the lack of a meaningful referent for subculture, (3) the homogeneity and stasis associated with the concept, and (4) the emphasis on defining subcultures in terms of values and central themes. It is argued that for the subculture construct to be of maximal… 

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