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Articulating Punk in an Industrial City: Turin and the Collettivo Punx Anarchici in the early 1980s

Author(s): Giacomo Bottà

Journal: United Academics Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 2212-5736

Volume: 2;
Issue: 12;
Start page: 8;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Music | subcultures | Turino | industrial cities | collettivo punx anarchici | 1980s | Italy

AbstractIn this paper I want to show how subcultural research matters – especially when confronting a specific conjuncture such as ‘popular music as resistance in industrial cities in crisis.’ Interpreting the relation among subcultures, spatialities and economic crisis as an articulation, I will examine the Collettivo Punx Anarchici (Anarchist Punk Collective), active in Turin (Italy) in the early 1980s. I am interested in revealing how the Collettivo articulated spatial decay and social unrest. Bands such as Contrazione, Declino and Negazione (among others) created original, non-profit and self-organized forms of subcultural production.Through the analysis of the Collettivo and their embedment into Turin’s spatial and social context, I delegitimize forms of reductionism and achieve a more nuanced understanding of possible activities of underground resistance in the context of the contemporary city.
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