Communication and Culture | Using Popular Culture (Topic: Constructing Punk: Subcultures and Popular Culture)
C336 | 12326 | Benedetti, M.

MTuWThF, 11:45 AM-1:00 PM, C2 100
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, Location: TBA

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Mark Benedetti

What is punk? What does ‘punk’ mean, and how did those meanings
develop? What can the history of punk teach us about the
relationships between cultural resistance and the culture

This course will investigate the ways in which media, particularly
magazines and films, have been used to construct punk as a musical
style, a subculture, an oppositional identity, and a marketing term.
We will consider the emergence of punk within specific historical
contexts, its articulations to notions of race, gender, sexuality,
and class, and the multiple, often contradictory, valences the
word ‘punk’ has taken on. We will examine academic work on
subcultures and media; journalistic, fan, and historical accounts;
and documentary and narrative films and TV shows dealing with punk.
Through this analysis, we will develop a more sophisticated
understanding of the complex relationships between ‘alternative’
and ‘mainstream’ cultures, between the market and the masses.

Films and TV shows planned for this course include The Great
Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, Punk: Attitude, Afro-Punk, CHiPs, The Decline
of Western Civilization, One Punk Under God, and Kidnapped.