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- Approaches to gender, power and authority in contemporary Anarcho-punk: poststructuralist anarchism?
- Nicholas, Lucy
- This paper is concerned with the gender politics of the contemporary international anarchist punk scene which extends the punk ‘Do It Yourself’ (referred to as ‘DIY’ from now on) ethic to gender. This DIY ethic originates from the rejection by punk bands of the apparent compromise of signing to major music labels, choosing instead to record, release and distribute music, and organise gigs, themselves. It has been extended by participants in the punk scene to other cultural creations and to everyday politics, wherein participants avoid the ethico-political compromise of participation in institutions and practices they consider exploitative, doing as much as possible themselves, according to an autonomous anarchist ethos. This results in a politics that seeks to deconstruct gender as a site of authority and reconstruct it on autonomous non-hierarchical terms. Contemporary anarcho-punk and hardcore politics often engage with gender politics in a way that demonstrates congruence between understandings of power and authority in poststructuralist accounts of gender and the antiauthoritarian or autonomous politics of DIY anarchism. This is reflected in domains considered to be ‘political’ and the way that the term ‘power’ is understood, as well as the modes of political action and ‘resistance’ considered to be effective. I suggest that DIY anarcho-punk shares with poststructuralism a productive notion of power, specifically in terms of gender, resonating with Judith Butler’s notion of gender as a process or performative. Further, intervention is undertaken at discursive levels, resonating with poststructuralist assertions of the discursive production of power.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- eSharp, No. 9 (Spring 2007)
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing; 2005 Literary Studies
- Anarchist punk; Gender; Gender politics
- University of Glasgow
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2007.
- Peer reviewed