From Belfast with love: the women and female presenting punks of Northern Ireland and their 'subculture'.

Stewart, F. (2021) From Belfast with love: the women and female presenting punks of Northern Ireland and their 'subculture'. In: Punk Identities, Punk Utopias Global Punk and Media. Intellect, Chicago, pp. 19-38. ISBN 9781789384123

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The experiences of straight edge women and female identifying punks in Northern Ireland is a noticeable gap in the current histories of Northern Irish and UK punk accounts. The 30 + years of civil war in Northern Ireland has resulted in a constricting dual lens – that of the Troubles and that of the experiences of male participants who adhere to particular performative aspects of punk. This chapter aims to address this by focusing on the experiences of women and female identifying straight edge punks post the Belfast Agreement (1998). Focusing on their lifestyles and choices, it will argue that the creation, sustaining and loss of punk spaces was vital in ensuring that the strict boundaries enforced during the Troubles (physically and psychically) could continue to be dismantled. This will lead to a consideration of whether the punk community in Northern Ireland could be considered a subculture (Hebdige: 1979, Haenfler: 2014, and Williams: 2011) or if they are more accurately a post subculture (Bennett: 2011, Nwalozie: 2015) given the radical changes that the Belfast Agreement heralds.

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Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Francis Stewart
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2020 09:36
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 03:40

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