Trans-Global Punk Scenes (Book)

The Punk Reader Volume 2

Critical engagement with local, national and trans-global contemporary punk scenes across countries and regions including New Zealand, Indonesia, South Africa, Siberia and the Philippines. Includes thematic discussions on the evolution and adaptation of subcultural styles, punk demographics and the notion of punk identity. 50 b/w illus.

Category: Music
Series: Global Punk


The second offering in Intellect’s Global Punk series, this edited volume is an interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary trans-global punk scenes

While the punk scenes and subcultures of the late 1970s and early 1980s are well known and well documented, the proliferation of punk after the year 2000 has been far less studied. Trans-Global Punk Scenes brings together contributors from a range of disciplines to examine the global influence of punk in the new millennium, with a focus on punk demographics, the evolution of subcultural punk styles, and the notion of punk identity across cultural and geographic boundaries.

International in scope and analytical in perspective, the chapters offer insight into the dissemination of punk scenes and their form, structure, and contemporary cultural significance in New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Ireland, South Africa, Mexico, the UK and US, Siberia and the Philippines. 

Russ Bestley is a designer and writer, specializing in graphic design, punk and humour. He has co-authored a number of publications, including Action Time Vision: Punk & Post Punk 7” Record Sleeves (2016), The Art of Punk (2012), Visual Research (2004, 2011, 2015) and Up Against the Wall (2002). He has contributed articles to Punk & Post-Punk, Eye, Zed, Emigré, Street Sounds and Vive Le Rock, curated exhibitions in London, Southampton, Blackpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle, and designed books, posters and other material for the Punk Scholars Network, Active Distribution, PM Press, Viral Age Records and other independent labels and publishers. He is editor of the journal Punk & Post-Punk and leads the Graphic Subcultures Research Hub at the London College of Communication.

Mike Dines is a British musician, writer, scholar and publisher. He founded Itchy Monkey Press ( with the publication of the anarcho-punk novella the darkening light (2014), followed by Tales From the Punkside (2014), Some of Us Scream, Some of Us Shout (2016) and And All Around Was Darkness (2017) with Greg Bull. As a scholar he has written widely on subcultures and popular music, co-editing The Aesthetics of Our Anger: Anarcho-Punk, Politics, Music (Autonomedia/Minor Compositions, 2016), Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning (Routledge, 2017), The Punk Reader: Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global (Intellect, 2019), Punk Now!! Contemporary Perspectives on Punk (Intellect, 2020), Trans-Global Punk Scenes: The Punk Reader Vol. 2 (Intellect, 2020) and Punk Identities, Punk Utopias: Global Punk and Media (Intellect 2021). His current writing takes him in the direction of punk and spirituality with the co-edited collection Exploring the Spiritual in Popular Music: Beatified Beats (Bloomsbury, 2021). He is currently a lecturer of music at Middlesex University and is an avid supporter of Portsmouth Football Club. ORCID:

Paula Guerra is assistant professor of sociology, senior researcher in the Institute of Sociology (ISFLUP) and invited researcher at the Centre for Geography Studies and Territory Planning at the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto (FLUP). She has authored some recent publications, namely, ‘The unstable lightness of rock. Genesis, dynamics and consolidation of alternative rock in Portugal (1980–2010)’. Guerra is currently the chief investigator of the ‘Keep it Simple, Make it Fast! Prolegomena and punk scenes, a way for Portuguese contemporaneity (1977–2012)’, an international and interdisciplinary project about the Portuguese punk scene funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/CS-SOC/118830/2010) and a researcher in other projects. URL:


1. Yes, But Is It Punk? 

Mark Edward Achtermann

2. Re-thinking punk discourse and purpose: A case study of Muslim Punk in Java

Elise Papineau

3. 'Mutants of the 67th parallel north': Punk performance and the transformation of everyday life

Hilary Pilkington

4. Looking beyond music: Curating and narrating punk subculture in Singapore

Kai Khiun Liew and J. Patrick Williams

5. Taurunga music sux! DIY punk culture in Aotearoa

Kyle Barrett and Wairehu Grant

6. Filipino-American punk

Junior Tidal

7. Punk space in Bandung, Indonesia: Evasion and confrontation

Jim Donaghey and Frans Ari Prasetyo

 8. Welcome to the 'modern age': The imagery of punk from the 1970s in the redefinition of the New York music scene of the 2000s and beyond

Paula Guerra and Thiago Pereira Alberto

9. Going through the motions: Punk nostalgia and conformity

Russ Bestley

10. Always now: Punk in Washington, DC, 2010–19

John R. Davis

11. Punk's not dead but its organs are being harvested in Ireland

Michael Mary Murphy

12. From punk rock to Prabhupāda: Locating the musical, philosophical and spiritual journey of contemporary Krishnacore

Mike Dines

13. Gore, absurdity and injustice: Narco aesthetics as local transgressions in grind and power violence: A perspective from Mexico's musical subcultures

José Omar González Hernández

14. Fuck off! Fokofpolisiekar's Afrikaans punk in the postcolony

Schalk D. van der Merwe

15. So far, so close: Contemporary faces of Portugese and Brazilian punk scenes

Paula Guerra and Pedro Menezes

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