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Before You Can Get Off Your Knees: Profane Existence and Anarcho-Punk as a Social Movement

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This paper seeks to consider punk as more than a “neo-tribe” (Bennett 1999) of young people simply engaged in a fluid musical/social scene, more than a youthful protest, more than a fashion. I will work to make a case for punk as more even than a politically concerned subculture, arguing that it can appropriately and usefully be considered a cultural formation that is a nexus of subculture and social movement, a space which perhaps requires consideration as its own category. To aid in this exploration, I have selected a particular part of punk on which to focus, for punk is not a singular or simple cultural category. In general, the area of concern will be anarcho (anarchist) punk, also known as DIY (do it yourself) punk, and in particular, the focus will be on the Minneapolis anarcho-punk collective, Profane Existence (PE). This paper makes the claim that PE is engaged in something more complex, more action-oriented and more specifically political than categorization as a subculture would seem to imply. To attempt a remedy on this point by categorizing PE as a political subculture characterizes its content and messages, but not its goals, actions or activism. This exploration of Profane Existence works to provides researchers with the framework for considering such political subcultures as interesting cites of true cultural and political resistance which are actively engaged in pursuit of social change.

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social movements, political subcultures, subcultures, punk
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Hardman, Emilie. "Before You Can Get Off Your Knees: Profane Existence and Anarcho-Punk as a Social Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184536_index.html>

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Hardman, E. L. , 2007-08-11 "Before You Can Get Off Your Knees: Profane Existence and Anarcho-Punk as a Social Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184536_index.html

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Abstract: This paper seeks to consider punk as more than a “neo-tribe” (Bennett 1999) of young people simply engaged in a fluid musical/social scene, more than a youthful protest, more than a fashion. I will work to make a case for punk as more even than a politically concerned subculture, arguing that it can appropriately and usefully be considered a cultural formation that is a nexus of subculture and social movement, a space which perhaps requires consideration as its own category. To aid in this exploration, I have selected a particular part of punk on which to focus, for punk is not a singular or simple cultural category. In general, the area of concern will be anarcho (anarchist) punk, also known as DIY (do it yourself) punk, and in particular, the focus will be on the Minneapolis anarcho-punk collective, Profane Existence (PE). This paper makes the claim that PE is engaged in something more complex, more action-oriented and more specifically political than categorization as a subculture would seem to imply. To attempt a remedy on this point by categorizing PE as a political subculture characterizes its content and messages, but not its goals, actions or activism. This exploration of Profane Existence works to provides researchers with the framework for considering such political subcultures as interesting cites of true cultural and political resistance which are actively engaged in pursuit of social change.

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