The intersection of hardcore punk and New York City during the 1980s compels a long-overlooked investigation. Unlike the subculture’s scene in any other city, New York hardcore regularly transformed itself to combat the changing social structures that surrounded it. At the start of the 1980s, New York City’s economic failure, subsequent decline in infrastructure, and increase in crime and drug abuse directly influenced a bourgeoning hardcore scene. Hardcore sought to create an inclusive alternative to New York’s deteriorating streets and the dangers they presented. However, white, hypermasculine idolization flowed throughout hardcore punk as an often-unrecognized challenge to the scene’s inclusivity. The scene’s glaring white, male homogeneity symbolizes New York hardcore’s most engrained paradox. Thus, investigation of hardcore’s incongruities urges examination of both the subculture as a mental space, in which inclusive objectives led members’ ideals, and its physical space, in which white masculinity condoned exclusion. Exploring how an evolving mental space, from creation to reformation, materialized into a constant masculine physical space reveals that throughout the decade hardcore succumbed to the social and cultural influences it intended to defy.
|Commitee:||Schrank, Sarah, Shafer, David|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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