In essence, the straight-edge movement became a counter-culture movement within a counter-culture movement although ian mckaye the boston hardcore band society system decontrol (ssd), took a militant, puritanical stance toward those who did not embrace their lifestyle most observers have. Hardcore punk, clean living youth, and social change straight edge is a clean-living youth movement that emerged from the punk rock subculture in the early 1980s when i became straight edge in 1989, never in my wildest dreams did i imagine i would be writing a book about the movement fifteen years later. Out against the notion that punk rock must always be drug-addled and debaucherous it doesn't, of course—nothing does—hence the straight edge subculture too young (or cool) to remember it here's a primer: straight edge is a clean-living youth movement that evolved from punk rock's hardcore scene. While the early washington, dc hardcore punk scene is often praised for its commitment to positive social change, both the youth crew movement of the 1980s and the vegan movement of the 1990s have drawn criticism straight edge has often been approached with skepticism and hostility, despite the ideologically less. As happens with most subcultures and social movements, the fundamentalist- minded among the straight edge youth branched off into various forms of militancy and insanity: “hardline” vegan straight edge kids in the 1990s got into radical animal liberation and deep ecology a group of them even started a. The straightedge movement was born in the early 80's as a sub-culture of the hardcore punk scene at its roots, it is a counter-culture to the already subversive punk rock scene of the time the punk scene of the 70's was anti- establishmentarian, progressive and committed to positive social change there were clear political.
Ross haenfler's straight edge: clean-living youth, hardcore punk, and social change is the first book i have seen that explores the straight edge haenfler includes an extensive examination of how straight edge functions as both a subculture and even as a “movement,” examining it both on its own. History by 1980, punk rock, one of the most innovative and confrontational music and art movements of the modern era, was careening towards the “no future” refrain from the sex pistols' anthem “god save the queen” pistols bassist sid vicious had died/committed suicide of a heroin overdose and a year later the. Straight edge is a clean-living youth movement that emerged from the punk rock subculture in the early 1980s its basic tenets promote a drug-free, tobacco-free, and sexually responsible lifestyle—tenets that, on the surface, seem counter to those typical of teenage rebellion for many straight-edge kids, however, being.
Straight edge movement is a youth subculture centered around hardcore music people who are straight edge do not smoke, do drugs or consume alcohol. Straight edge is a clean-living youth movement that emerged from the punk rock subculture in the early 1980s its basic tenets promote a drug-free, tobacco-free. Suggests that straight edge may be viewed as a fascinating movement away from the drug scene this article draws on interviews and ethnographic research on straight edge youths and discusses aspects of their alternative identity discussion focuses on the social norms of this drug-free subculture an important question. Edge many of these straightedgers argue that the diffusion of straightedge through the internet is leading to a “defusion” of the subculture, a stripping away of its resistant and countercultural heritage as “drug-free at stake are young people's subcultural identities and their social- a role in the straightedge movement.
Straight edge 101 contents 1 straight edge core values 32 straight edge as a social movement 58 positivity versus militancy: struggles within the scene 81 masculinity in contradiction: the two faces of straight edge 102 girls united and divided: women in straight edge 132 life after subculture: how. One sign that a person is edge is a black x written with marker on the person's hand this comes from the practice of marking an x on the hand of underage youths at shows so the bar tender would know not to serve them alcohol hardline is a social movement which originated in the straight edge punk subculture. Straight edge is a subculture within the hardcore punk music scene, defined by its adherents' refusal to use drugs including alcohol in the '90s, veganism, animal rights, and social justice also emerged as pillars of large swaths of the straight edge movement, while others also added sexual abstinence.
Through a disproportionate focus on the common norms, values, and beliefs that apparently bind sub-cultures together over time and space, past sub-cultures researchers often problematically imply that the members of a given sub-culture form and maintain a roughly similar sub-cultural identity in roughly. This article reconceptualizes subcultural resistance based on an ethnographic examination of the straight edge movement in addition to finding value and meaning being part of a distinctive religious subculture, these women also understood their acts as political in nature-opposing the broader society,. Minor threat's aggressive celebration of sobriety was the unlikely origin of the straight edge subculture, a movement that has defied convention and sparked as with any social movement, straight edge devotees came up with a visual way of identifying themselves: a large x drawn on the back of each fist, derived from the.
Straight-edge with political activism often post calls to action or criticisms referring to sxe as a movement of solidarity individuals to whom i spoke who reject the collectivism of straight-edge view it as negative social elitism tracy, who has been straight-edge since 1986, distrusts the mob mentality that often arises at shows. Straight edge is a clean living youth movement that emerged from the punk rock subculture in the early 1980s its basic tenets promote a drug-free, tobacco-free, and sexually responsible lifestyle - tenets that, on the surface, seem counter to those typical of teenage rebellion for many straight-edge kids, however, being. It remains a positive force for many, but some — like law enforcement officials in american cities like reno, nevada and salt lake city, utah — straight edge is a dangerous gang culture it's a split between individual personal choice and those seeking social change on a broader level how the scene. I would highly recommend it to anyone ross also appeared in national geographic's documentary inside straight edge, and more recently in edge the movie by the way, ross is an associate professor of sociology at the university of mississippi, usa he teaches social movements, deviance and youth subcultures,.
Understanding (some) subcultures like straight edge, as new social move- 8 or “ ecological context” 9 this does not mean that research on social movements has not taken as a unit of analysis small groups, or conceptualized them as the starting of mobilization (see for example, snow et al 1986, and gerlach and hine. Some of the most effective voices against this, however, weren't the social crusaders it was the rockers themselves the straight edge movement is a hardcore punk subculture dedicated to great music, a rejection of authority, and abstinence from drugs and alcohol the basic idea is that rebellion should not require. The term straight edge was eventually adopted by a subculture within the hardcore scene whose members pledged to abstain from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol over the past four decades, the movement has taken many different forms, from violent militant groups to religious hare krishnas, and now a. This dissertation is a case study analysis of the straightedge youth subculture on an internet bulletin board lastly, it shows how identity theory and social identity/categorization theories can be used in tandem to other punk, hardcore and straightedge bands in the band members' thanks lists my knowledge of the.