Proposal Title

Do it Yourself but Never Alone: Creating Social Change from Punk to Politics

Presenter Information

Joe Mageary, Lesley UniversityFollow

Author Type

Faculty

Location

U-Hall 3-101

Start Date

28-3-2018 10:10 AM

End Date

28-3-2018 11:00 AM

Presentation Type

Paper

Abstract

This presentation will use punk rock culture as a context within which to address the question of how decentralized social movements can focus the energy of concerned citizens on direct action and meaningful change-making. Goals of the presentation include: addressing how do-it-yourself (DIY) punk culture is engaging in social activism as a response to social injustice; demonstrating how punk is using the arts for social engagement; and providing an example of how punk can be a form of empowerment via radical education.

These points will be illustrated through the presentation of original qualitative research conducted by the presenter during a three-band punk tour in May and June of 2017. Through the use of visual and auditory examples from this research, the presenter will engage the audience in a conversation about the meaning and importance of the DIY ethos, which emerged from punk rock culture of the 1980s, as it relates to the development of grassroots leadership skills and preferred identities. Emphasis will be given to the inclusive, action-oriented, communal orientation imbued in punk that enable it to engage adolescents and adults alike in more than just a genre of music.

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Do it Yourself but Never Alone: Creating Social Change from Punk to Politics

U-Hall 3-101

This presentation will use punk rock culture as a context within which to address the question of how decentralized social movements can focus the energy of concerned citizens on direct action and meaningful change-making. Goals of the presentation include: addressing how do-it-yourself (DIY) punk culture is engaging in social activism as a response to social injustice; demonstrating how punk is using the arts for social engagement; and providing an example of how punk can be a form of empowerment via radical education.

These points will be illustrated through the presentation of original qualitative research conducted by the presenter during a three-band punk tour in May and June of 2017. Through the use of visual and auditory examples from this research, the presenter will engage the audience in a conversation about the meaning and importance of the DIY ethos, which emerged from punk rock culture of the 1980s, as it relates to the development of grassroots leadership skills and preferred identities. Emphasis will be given to the inclusive, action-oriented, communal orientation imbued in punk that enable it to engage adolescents and adults alike in more than just a genre of music.