Shot By Both Sides: Punk, Politics and the End of ‘Consensus’

  title={Shot By Both Sides: Punk, Politics and the End of ‘Consensus’},
  author={Matthew Worley},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={333 - 354}
  • M. Worley
  • Published 24 August 2012
  • History, Political Science, Sociology
  • Contemporary British History
This article examines the ways in which political organisations of the far left and far right responded to punk-informed youth culture in Britain during the late 1970s. It examines how both tried to understand punk within their own ideological framework, particularly in relation to the perceived socio-economic and political crises of the late 1970s, before then endeavouring to appropriate—or use—punk for their own ends. Ultimately, however, the article suggests that while punk may indeed be… 

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