on February 26, 1999
Gelder and Thornton have pulled together a book that I could have based my entire senior thesis upon as the sole source. Most subculture studies anthologies rely too much on the British school of thought. While that was the seminal work in the field, there's been a *few* more developments since the sixties :) Gelder and Thornton realize this, and draw from almost a full century of subculture studies. Each progression in the field is grouped into a new chapter, with a cohesive introduction section. Some chapter will take a serious sociologist to manage full appreciation - the "sociologese" can get thick when individual authors are trying to obscure the fact that their thesis is a "stretch" to put it mildly. But the book on the whole is a great resource for anyone involved in subculture studies - a good range, considerable depth, and reader-friendly organization for those not yet versed in the particulars of the field.