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Foreign Subcultures You've Never Heard Of

Foreign Subcultures You've Never Heard Of | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Dandies in Congo, emos in Iraq, electro-hillbilly truckers in Japan. No matter how hard life can be, people carve out original ways of living.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Cultural groups are different around the world, but so are the sub-altern cultural expressions of those who feel that they are on the fringes of society.   I remember seeing the emo kids in Mexico City (one of the groups listed) congregate at the same metro station in 2005 and was fascinated by the dynamics between the subculture and the dominant culture.  Given the prevalent of machismo and Catholicism in Mexico, the cultural dynamics between the groups was incredibly tense.  This is an interesting glimpse into foreign counter-cultures.  


Tags culture, globalization, popular culture, unit 3 culture.

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Treathyl Fox's comment, February 7, 2013 1:35 PM
Uh huh. Yeah well, let’s hope this article gets noticed a little more. I shared it at my Tumblr blog which is called “Express Yourself!”.:)
Seth Dixon's comment, February 7, 2013 6:12 PM
"Sub" does mean below or beneath just like a subfolder is a subset of the larger population (bigger, not better). Counter cultures often form explicitly as a reaction against the mainstream culture--but that is just my reading of the terms. I'm glad you enjoyed the article since it shows people truly expressing themselves and being comfortable in their own skin.
Kaitlin Young's curator insight, September 17, 9:35 AM

When considering subcultures, it is sometimes easy to forget that they exist in other countries. While I was familiar with groups such as the "chavs" in England, and the Dandies in the Congo, I never realized that some subcultures that are prevalent in the USA exist in places such as Indonesia. It's amazing to see how some fads have globalized and are present in different places. I doubt that the Ramones, while making music in their garage would dream that they would spark a globally present subculture. 

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