Three profiles of heavy metal fans: A taste for sensation and a subculture of alienation

@article{Arnett1993ThreePO,
  title={Three profiles of heavy metal fans: A taste for sensation and a subculture of alienation},
  author={Jeffrey Jensen Arnett},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
  year={1993},
  volume={16},
  pages={423-443}
}
  • J. Arnett
  • Published 1993
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Sociology
Profiles of three fans of heavy metal music are presented, in order to examine the definition and boundaries of the heavy metal subculture. It is suggested on the basis of these profiles that a high level of sensation seeking can lead to a liking for heavy metal music, because the music provides such high-intensity sensation. However, fans become part of thesubculture of heavy metal music only to the extent that their high sensation seeking is combined with alienation. Although all three people… Expand
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