Here’s a great story on the under appreciation of live music in Australia
There’s also some interesting coverage of the 40 year anniversary of punk here:
Dan Woodman of the University of Melbourne (and also Newcastle Youth Studies Group associate and my co-author) discussing young people and Idealism.
Glasgow & Russian gangs: Laurie Taylor explores their origins, organisation and meaning in two strikingly different cultures. He talks to Alistair Fraser, Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Glasgow, whose fieldwork with young Glaswegian men, demonstrates that gangland life is inextricably bound together with perceptions of masculinity and identity and the quest to find a place in the community. They’re joined by Svetlana Stephenson, a Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University, who found that Russian gangs, which saw a spectacular rise in the post Soviet, market economy in the 1990s, are substantially incorporated into their communities, with bonds and identities that bridge the worlds of illegal enterprise and legal respectability.
Alistair Fraser was in the final shortlist of six for this year’s BSA/Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award.
This is an insightful exchange and one of the best music related interviews I have ever read.
As a fellow GenXer who is losing touch with pop culture but concerned with the ways young people are denigrated in moral panics and blamed for not taking opportunities they don’t really have, I pretty much agree with all of this…
Newcastle Youth Studies Group member David Farrugia writing about youth unemployment, especially in the context of rural and regional areas.
He also spoke to Ben on Local ABC Radio about the same issue.
My friend and colleague Dan Woodman on Melbourne ABC radio talking generations and economics.
There’s also a series on generations at the Guardian, actually containing some non-moral panic perspectives… some.
This piece on youth unemployment talks about how even “young people from wealthier backgrounds who had university degrees were not guaranteed a job”.
This is a wonderful piece by Shaun Prescott from the great Crawlspace, written with a sharp sociological eye, on Sadistik Exekution, underground music, gentrification/lock outs and what a city should be.