Crass, subculture and class
The milieu culture of DIY punk
in Fight back
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This chapter presents an account of the activities and social formation of the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) punk band Crass to develop a critique of the notion of 'subculture' employed at the time of the group's existence by the Birmingham University Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. It supplies a narrative of how the band and the cultural movement known as 'anarcho-punk' provided a 'milieu' where class identities could blend and develop hybrid forms of cultural and social capital. Crass were a band that provided an alternative response to the traditional class politics of the UK. Their cultural and political work forged a hybrid class identity that developed a cultural capital that moved individual perceptions and horizons to a new level. The band's version of anarchism, based on a DIY philosophy and individual responsibility, moulded a new and influential anti-political response to the post-consensus landscape.

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Punk, politics and resistance


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