ISSN: 20441983
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 3
Cover Date: February 2014
‘I Can’t Seem To Stay A Fixed Ideal’: Self-design and self-harm in subcultures
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Authors:  Guy Mankowski 
DOI: 10.1386/punk.2.3.305_1

Keywords
subculture,self-harm,self-fashioning,gender,bricolage,performativity,androgyny

Abstract
This article investigates the personal and social impact of predominantly musical subcultures. It looks at the extent to which in particular punk and post-punk subcultures have validated ideas of self-design. ‘Self-design’ here is a term analogous to S. Greenblatt’s (1983) concept of ‘self-fashioning’, referring to the capacity some influencers have to validate the subversion of cultural norms in aspects of personal presentation. After briefly contextualizing the historical and cultural backdrops such groups and individuals have emerged from (e.g. mod, punk, post-punk, New Romantic and Riot Grrl) this article will examine the social norms such figures can subvert. It will then go on to focus upon more extreme examples of self-design using the case study of Richey Edwards. The article concludes by drawing from recent research to investigate where self-design ends and self-harm begins.
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