“SUBCULTURES”


Cultural Anthropology


extra credit


02/04/04


1. Define subculture:


Subcultures are made up of people that come together and seek out others that share similar problems, views, and ideas. Groups form and then redefine ideas and challenge general society norms.


Subcultures exist because some people find a need to have a distinct identity, the need to rebel, to seek acceptance, and to find something alternative to or in opposition to the dominate culture they live in.


Finding a subculture to belong to might help people feel more in control and secure while coexisting in a more hectic dominate society.


2. What makes your subculture a “subculture”?


One of the cultural features in the body modification subculture is defining who you


are by extreme piercing, tattooing, or marking your body with jewelry and symbols. People who take part in this subculture feel it shows a “social” presentation of themselves and their experiences.


People choose to pierce or tattoo their bodies for many different reasons. Like peer influence, rebellion, and for others or “outsiders” to view them as different from the norm. In some cultures piercing and tattooing ones body is for tribal or spiritual markings. Some people get tattoos to show they are apart of a particular group or gang. Tattoos and body piercing confirm to others that you belong to a particular group, or define yourself as different or unique from general society.


I think Body modification is a subculture because it coexists with contemporary society yet is distinct and different from our society’s norms. One most likely would not attain a professional, political, or high ranking position in society with a neon purple bar through their lip. But being a part of a subculture you could work and socialize amongst others who also support body modification and alternative lifestyles.