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“It Felt Like a Little War”: Reflections on Violence against Alternative Subcultures

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posted on 07.05.2015, 10:19 by Neil A. Chakraborti, J. Garland, Stevie-Jade Hardy
This article examines the forms and impact of violence against people identifying as members of alternative subcultures. It draws upon the findings from interviews and focus groups undertaken with over 60 participants from a range of alternative subcultural backgrounds, conducted as part of a broader two-year study of many different strands of targeted hostility. The article presents evidence to show that ‘alternatives’ are subjected to a wide range of violent and intimidatory behaviour, from ‘everyday’ abuse such as verbal insults through to more extreme acts of brutality. This can affect their physical and mental health, causing them to change the way they conduct their routine activities. However, the article suggests that some of this victimisation forms part of ongoing conflict with a group that participants describe as ‘chavs’, that has hitherto been unacknowledged. This ‘little war’ is characterised by mutual hostility and antipathy flavoured by class antagonism that can escalate into violent confrontation.

Funding

The authors were in receipt of an ESRC Grant (ESRC/ES/J008109/1) which funded the research upon which this article is based.

History

Citation

Sociology May 15, 2015 0038038515578992

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Criminology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Sociology May 15

Publisher

SAGE Publications, British Sociological Association

issn

0038-0385

eissn

1469-8684

Copyright date

2015

Available date

15/05/2016

Publisher version

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/05/15/0038038515578992.abstract

Language

en