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Mainstream Youth Subcultures Essay

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Marx’s theory would blame the violent crime within this film on the social class and inequality of the youth subculture and draws on the issue of political and economic interests within mass media. The youths within the film live in Britain’s poverty and are from a ‘deprived’ council estate. They have come into their social identity through their background, environment and family and they are instantly represented then demonised throughout the film for being working class individuals (Jones, 2011). The capitalist state, in this case, the media, stuns the audiences by showing how close it is to reality of life for the working class, for instance by use of camera phone, and this widens the ...view middle of the document...

The distortion and exaggeration of the subcultures put forward by the media is pushing more of society towards this right wing thinking. Not all hoodies and chavs are dangerous but these capitalist media representations sell and people are obsessed with these horrific representations of youths (The Guardian, 2009).
The film also is a media representation of this ‘Broken Britain’ which comes from those who come from underprivileged backgrounds without moral support from parents or guardians. The mother of the teenager ‘Noel’ within the film is an awful influence on her son as she is always on drugs so has no control on what he is doing at all. He has clearly grown up around drug abuse and his uncle acts as a father figure but he is also a major drug dealer and part of a gang subculture himself. Therefore, Noel has been instantly brought into such culture of crime and drugs since birth. Such families are held accountable for the breakdown of modern society today and this results in the demonization of the working class under this ‘capitalist culture’ (Jones, 2011).
The media techniques used within both of the films also contribute to the mainstream thinking about youth subcultures and reproduce the deviant label they maintain. Within Quadrophenia the media techniques used represent the youths as ‘vermin’ and within Harry Brown as ‘monsters’. In a scene within Quadrophenia, Jimmy arrives at the Dance Hall on his scooter and when he arrives there are a large number of scooters outside which suggests he is not ‘individual’ but instead he seeks security in large numbers, within his gang instead. The lighting within the scene is fairly minimal and the concealment of the dance hall is dark and stained black which gives a vermin like picture of where all these youths socialise. The camera is zoomed out most of the time throughout the film to show the youths’ social identity in the large numbers, within their subcultures.
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