Punk Identities, Punk Utopias (Book)

Global Punk and Media

This new volume in the acclaimed Global Punk series extends the critical enquiry to reflect broader social, political and technological concerns impacting punk scenes around the world, with international contributors, ranging through topics from digital technology and new media to gender, ethnicity, identity and representation. 50 b/w photographs.

Category: Music
Series: Global Punk


Matt Grimes is a senior lecturer and researcher in music industries and radio at Birmingham City University’s School of Media.

Russ Bestley is reader in graphic design at London College of Communication.

Mike Dines is a lecturer of music at Middlesex University.

Alastair Gordon is a senior lecturer of media and communication at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Paula Guerra is professor of sociology at the University of Porto.



 Russ Bestley, Mike Dines, Matt Grimes and Paula Guerra


  1. From Belfast with love: The women and female presenting punks of Northern Ireland and  

      their ‘subculture’

      Francis Stewart

  1. The power of memory: Gender inequality among the Berlin psychobilly scene

      Matthew D. Newsom

  1. Trans-Punk: DIY identities and new modes of subjectivity

      Gareth Schott 

  1. Brazilian riot grrrls: History, reflections and feminist empowerment in girls

      rock camps

      Gabriela Cleveston Gelain and Mike Dines

  1. Not just Riot Grrrls! Punk rock feminism in the Philippines

      Monica Schoop

6.   Not just boys’ fun: Punks, pariah femininities, and challenges to gender hegemony

      Steve Moog

  1. Say a spell: Summoning the ghosts of post-punk Melbourne

      Donna McRae and Alexia Kannas

  1. Keeping Japanese punk film (A)LIVE: Shôzin Fukui’s concert-screening hybridity and

       Japanese live house culture

       Mark Player

  1. ‘Back from the Grave’: Retro style and cultural memory in the Tokyo garage rock scene

      José Neglia

  1. The punks, the web, local concerns and global appeal: Cultural hybridity in Turkish

          hardcore punk

      Lyndon C. S. Way and Dylan Wallace

  1. Love at first sip? When Finnish hardcore punk met alcohol

        Lasse Ullvén

  1. Punk is punk but by no means punk: Definition, genre evasion and the quest for an

          authentic voice in contemporary Russia

          Yngvar Bordewich Steinholt    


‘This timely addition to the continually growing punk corpus reveals how punk

identities are negotiated in a variety of social, economic and cultural realities. It examines

how punk paradoxically changes and stays the same. It shows local solutions to global

punk issues and provides both sociological and scientific methods and approaches to

critically work on, with and through the complexities of punk, in all its manifestations.’

Dr Giacomo Botta, University of Helsinki, Finland

‘The essays in this volume offer some new interpretations of how punk subculture

intersects with more specific and nuanced questions about gender, feminism, ethnicity

and specific national punk scenes. This chimes with an important undercurrent in

contemporary punk studies: namely the growing realisation that, far from being able

to define punk or indeed summarise its legacy in a neat way, punk as a discourse is

increasingly useful as a ‘elastic’ term that presents researchers from many disciplinary

fields with an analytical framework that is challenging, interesting and adaptable.’

Dr Anita Raghunath, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

‘Where punk has been about challenging political and cultural fascism on the outside,

this book challenges punk itself, diving directly into critical debates around

gender identity and inclusion, the maintenance of toxic masculinity and the need to

constantly critically re-evaluate the relationship between DIY cultural performance

and technology. This is the kind of punk reader we need today. Richly woven with

intricate histories that help us make sense of where we have been as we desperately

work towards where we need to go. Read deeply, share widely, and cite often.’

michael b macdonald, MacEwan University, Canada

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