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Discussion Topics: Subcultures

Discussion Topics: Subcultures

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Discussion worksheet for high school or college students. A discussion on the various subcultures that exist, why people identify with them, and a comparison between mainstream thinking and the underground.
Discussion worksheet for high school or college students. A discussion on the various subcultures that exist, why people identify with them, and a comparison between mainstream thinking and the underground.

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Subcultures and the Mainstream
Introduction
Look at the following pictures. How would you describe the people shown in them? What subcultures you know about? Share what you know with your group? Do you feel an affinity with any subculture? People who are different are often stigmatized by society. For instance, Michael Jackson was called ‘Wacko Jacko’ because he slept in an oxygen tent and was a social recluse.
 
 
Examples of subcultures 1 Freegans
Freegans are famous for ‘dumpster diving’ to get free food – they eat food that other people have thrown away. From the website Freegan.info: Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations and where mas-sively complex systems of productions ensure that all the prod-ucts we buy will have detrimental impacts most of which we may never even consider. Thus, instead of avoiding the purchase of products from one bad company only to support another, we avoid buying anything to the greatest degree we are able. The word freegan is compounded from “free” and “vegan”. Ve-gans are people who avoid products from animal sources or products tested on animals in an effort to avoid harming animals. Freegans take this a step further by recognizing that in a complex, industrial, mass-production economy driven by profit, abuses of humans, animals, and the earth abound at all levels of production (from acquisition to raw materials to production to transportation) and in  just about every product we buy. Sweatshop labor, rainforest destruction, global warming, displacement of indigenous communities, air and water pollution, eradication of wildlife on farmland as “pests”, the violent overthrow of popularly elected governments to maintain pup-pet dictators compliant to big business interests, open-pit strip mining, oil drilling in environ-mentally sensitive areas, union busting, child slavery, and payoffs to repressive regimes are  just some of the many impacts of the seemingly innocuous consumer products we consume every day.
2 Black Metal
Heavy Metal has many sub-genres and Black Metal is one of them. Having a strong presence in countries like Norway, Swe-den, Germany and Finland, Black Metal bands screech lyrics over fast-paced, atmospheric guitar music. Black Metal bands use Satanic imagery in their art, clothing and lyrics. In the early nineties, Black Metal’s image was tarnished when it was linked to church burnings, assault and murder cases in Norway.
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Examples of subcultures (cont.) 3 Furries
The Furries are known for dressing up in furry animal costumes at their get-togethers. Their costumes can be quite elaborate and cute or sometimes sexy. The cos-tumes may cover the whole body. A Furry’s alter ego is called their ‘fursona’ – a play on the word ‘persona’. From whatisfurry.com: “You are encouraged not to judge this very broad group of proud and individually unique people, but rather to learn what is important to each. Although some can be shy, and many will not speak while in costume, most Furries are generally very friendly and willing to share their individual interest in the community with those who show genuine curiosity.”
Learn More:
Freegans: 1 www.freegan.info 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeganism 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZoUleklIx4 Black Metal: 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_metal Furries: 1 whatisfurry.com 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbcnHx-BM2M 
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