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Title: Alternative rock subculture in Malta
Authors: Bonnici, Malcolm (2009)
Keywords: Subculture -- Malta
Rock music
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Bonnici, M. (2009). Alternative rock subculture in Malta (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: The aim of this study is to obtain a basic understanding of the alternative subculture in Malta. It strives to understand the meaning subculturalists attach to the subculture together with an understanding of the basic norms, values, ways of thinking, modes of behaviour, style and ideology. The study also focuses on theories of subculture mainly the modem and postmodern theories of subculture in order to try and explain the alternative subculture. The methodological approach is a qualitative one where in depth semi structured interviews were used, coupled with observations during alternative bands gigs and parties. Also, lyrical and musicological analysis was done of songs by bands considered to be alternative. A total of eight interviews were done and each interview lasted approximately one hour. The study concludes that the alternative subculture is a conglomeration of modem and postmodern ideologies. The main ethos of the alternative subculture is a quest for individuality for one to express one's thoughts and feelings without succumbing to the pressures of society. Although this indicates a postmodern trait, the alternative subculture also exhibited traits of modernity as a degree of authenticity and homology were also observed. People in the subculture group together and share common ideologies which vary from art, political ideologies and even religious views. Thus it is concluded that the alternative subculture is at the cross roads between modernity and postmodernity.
Description: M.YOUTH&COMM.STUD.
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Dissertations - FacSoWYCS - 2008-2010

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