East German punk in its social, political and historical context
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This chapter focuses on how the diminishing status of the working class is reflected in East German punk. There is a strong element of opposition within youth culture, especially in punk. Subcultural creativity thereby makes symbolic resistance possible through practice, objects and music. The flexibility of punk's framework enables it to constantly change and transform, which means its authenticity is periodically reframed and negotiated by members of the subculture. By placing youth culture in its broader socio-economic context, the relationship between social processes and subcultural change cannot be denied. Punk culture in East Germany has a long history of resistance and a clear anti-state position. Punks in East Germany openly display their alienation from the mainstream society and its values. East German punks demonstrate the ways by which youth can express solidarity within their social peer group(s), while also conveying the social and economic contradictions amidst which they live.

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