‘Punk belongs to the punx, not business men!’
British DIY punk as a form of cultural resistance
in Fight back
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This chapter seeks to understand why participants value the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) ethic and how this ethic provides DIY punk with 'relative' autonomy from both large- and small-scale punk commerce. It emphasises that DIY punk is 'relatively' autonomous because it is neither entirely void of commerce nor completely autonomous. In line with DIY punk's relatively autonomous status, the chapter aims to explain why DIY activities should be seen as a form of cultural resistance. Although DIY punk exists on a global scale, the chapter considers only the contemporary subcultural movement in Britain. The anti-capitalist element to the cultural resistance is reflected by the punk slogan 'Punk Belongs to the Punx, Not Businessmen'. DIY punk reflects anti-large-scale commerce sentiments and views it as a form of cultural resistance that is fundamentally counter-hegemonic. In 1976, punk was a newly emerging music culture that went largely unreported by the mainstream media.

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