Hegemony and Youth Culture

1087 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
Hegemony is a concept that involves uses of power. It was created by Antonio Gramsci in order to understand the difference between dominant groups in society that have power and that use “intellectual and moral leadership” in an attempt to win over the less powerful submissive groups (Storey 8). In this way, hegemony will be demonstrated in youth culture. Willard states that the cultural authority of the dominant society must be questioned as to its legitimacy in the dominant role as the authority plays an important role in its production (739). Talcott Parson (qtd. in Osgerby) says that youth in his view, established behaviours and values, often perceived by older generations as unique and different from the dominant society which…show more content…
Others that called themselves the authentic gothic community didn’t particularly like this and thought they sought resistance they had been portrayed the wrong way. They then used the internet to counteract this by posting on sites that the shooters of columbine weren’t true Goths and had merely adopted gothic fashion (Griffiths 240). This indicates that the influence of the media has misrepresented Goths as something they are not. In this case Goths had achieved the resistance from the powerful dominating society they sought if not in the way they planned to. Though Goths have been outcast by the media, Paul Hodkinson (qtd. in Osgerby) illustrates a different portrayal of Goths in society, they pride themselves on having “individuality, creativity, open-mindedness and commitment” (132) and this is shown in society by applying themselves in creative works, sometimes involving their usual job. Popular entertainment also applies to hegemony in its use of power as there is a dominant view that through the use of popular media, video games, particular theatres and other popular forms of entertainment youth has been badly affected and influenced by these. The transgression of juvenile crime in Britain in Victorian times in youth is thought to be derived from “penny gaff theatres” (Springhall qtd. in Osgerby 66). Over the years popular entertainment has
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