Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bourdieu and the (non)genre of Dolewave

The Ugly Australian Underground? In Australia, there is a heavily networked multi-city DIY music scene – an ‘underground’ – that largely rejects the label of ‘indie’ and distances itself from Triple J and other media outlets that have been allegedly … Continue reading

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4ZZZ show on Dolewave, Hipsters and Bogans

You can hear me talking to Andrew McLellan from the awesome Cured Pink among other weird and wonderful stuff on 4ZZZ in Brisbane last year. We chat about my work on Hipsters, Bogans and class anxiety along with some thoughts on the non-genre … Continue reading

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When dancing is a brawling

I went to the Repressed Records show for Vivid at the Opera House on Saturday (May 23) night. I was in the front row. You can read about who played and what the whole thing was about here and here and see … Continue reading

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Struggle Street and Poverty Porn

In case you hadn’t noticed, poverty is entertaining. ‘Poverty porn’ refers to both Westerners portrayal of global inequality, disease and hunger and also the distorted presentation of disadvantage by the advantaged. Like mainstream sexual porn that produces sexualised images from … Continue reading

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Vale Professor Ulrich Beck by Dan Woodman and Steven Threadgold

There are only two directions in which to work towards the abolition of dying: either endless prolongation of one’s own life or a sudden common ending of life. In both directions a lot of progress has been made[i]. Ulrich Beck, … Continue reading

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Hipsters, Bogans and Contemporary Class Anxieties

Introduction The study of ‘youth cultures’ has had a troublesome and fluctuating relationship with class. In general, the foundational subcultural studies and more recent work continuing that tradition has been critiqued for (among other things) over-romanticising working class practice; finding … Continue reading

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