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Subcultures and Wikipedia: Subcultural Capital in a Collaborative Writing Project

Author Adriana Amaral
Track Wiki Social Science
License GNU Free Documentation License (details)
About the author
Adriana Amaral has a PhD in Social Communication from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Brazil. She was a Visiting Scholar at Sociology Department at Boston College (2004-2005), Massachusetts, USA. She is a teacher and researcher at Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná (UTP) in Brazil.
This paper is about the importance of Wikipedia, in the context of subculture and post-subculture studies (Hebdge, Thornton, Weinzerl, among others) as an important and open source tool and niche-media (Thornton 1996) that not only presents the origins of concepts and exolanations about the aesthetic elements that determine what a subculture is but also is remediated (Bolter 1998) and used by the participants of the specific subculture to disseminate their subcultural capital (Thornton 1996) on the web.

Since empirical information about some subcultures are very contraditory and reliable sources to search for a database about subcultures at the internet - in the sense that most of the mass media shows stereotypes and distorted images of its participants – Wikipedia seems to be a rare case due to its collaborative writing, which allows the participants of an specific subculture to write and expose their way of thinking, alongside with researchers and scholars. For this paper, we´ve analyzed the role of some musical subcultures related to the post-punk and gothic subculture (Hodkinson 2002), such as darkwave, industrial, death rock in its relation with other alternative niche-media, the magazines Side Line and Drop Dead.

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