Punk rock is my religion: straight edge punk and 'religious' identity

Stewart, F. (2017) Punk rock is my religion: straight edge punk and 'religious' identity. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781472489661

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Abstract

As religion has retreated from its position and role of being the glue that holds society together, something must take its place. Utilising a focused and detailed study of Straight Edge punk (a subset of punk in which adherents abstain from drugs, alcohol and casual sex) Punk Rock is My Religion argues that traditional modes of religious behaviours and affiliations are being rejected in favour of key ideals located within a variety of spaces and experiences, including popular culture. Engaging with questions of identity construction through concepts such as authenticity, community, symbolism and music, this book furthers the debate on what we mean by the concepts of ‘religion’ and ‘secular’. Provocatively exploring the notion of salvation, redemption, forgiveness and faith through a Straight Edge lens, it suggests that while the study of religion as an abstraction is doomed to a simplistic repetition of dominant paradigms, being willing to examine religion as a lived experience reveals the utility of a broader and more nuanced approach.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Punk rock, implicit religion, occulture, music, community, authenticity, anarchism, salvation
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Francis Stewart
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 16:19
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/451

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