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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Self-Identification vs. Identification by Others: Goth as an Alternative Subculture

Goths are typically defined by popular culture as black-clad, pale-faced young people with pierced and tattooed bodies, dyed hair, loud music and “strange” clothes. But do all people who dress in this style identify with being Goth? In what way do Goths see themselves differently from how mainstream culture perceives them? This paper investigates these questions through interviews and participant observation to explore the concepts of identity, community and belonging in alternative subcultures today.

Presenter: Irene Ketonen (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 121 Smith
Time: 1:30 pm (Session III)