Acceptable in the Eighties (Postemodernism and Postsubcultural Style)

A combination of Punk and Goth fashion.

Formerly, academic studies on subcultures made a lot of assumptions: that those participating were working class, mostly male, and that they all had vehement political ideologies. These kinds of statements do not really fit so well in postmodern society, where fluidity of style is more prevalent.

Since most subcultural fashion items can be bought these day, it is hard to distinguish between those who are authentically part of a subculture and those who wear it simply because the fancied wearing Goth fashion, or Punk fashion. It’s a ‘supermarket of style’ according to Polhemus, meaning that these days people can pick up any part of any subcultural fashion and mix and match them to create something new.


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