Subculture Theory and Breakdancing

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The notion of subcultural theory has mainly been used to explain deviance and crime in the past. However, it works well in analyzing certain subculture groups like that of the unique world of breakdancing in the hip hop subculture and its values and norms from the rest of society. This leads into the term of subcultural style that is performed through an individual’s lifestyle choices which is practiced consciously and unconsciously through aspects such as their fashion, their values, norms, beliefs, music, dance and the list goes on. It is an expression of an individual’s identity that is made to reflect, express, and resonate important aspects of who they are, and what they represent (Hebidge 57). This is similar to that of the hip hop subculture that represents a group, history and a type of world that can be seen through its aesthetics, specifically the area of breakdancing. This paper will analytically focus on the significance of subcultural theory on the popular dance practice of breakdancing by exclusively looking at the hip hop subculture and the term youth subculture to understand various how it constructs a concrete identity of whom and what an individual represents when they are members of a subculture group themselves. In Subcultures or New Tribes? Rethinking The Relationship Between Youth, Style and Musical Taste, Bennett (1999) the form of subcultural theory constructed by The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) shows that deviance is the result of individuals conforming to the values and norms of a social group to which they belong (660). The CCCS studies of subcultural theory precisely focus on the connection between the deviant sensibilities of youth gangs and the localities from which such gangs emerged out of. This theory sums up that youth culture, or any subculture group that differs from that of the parent culture or

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