Doing – Undoing – Redoing? the Everyday Representation of Gender Patterns in Youth Scenes

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 11:09
Location: Hörsaal 32 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Babette KIRCHNER, Institute of Sociology, Germany
Julia WUSTMANN, Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Rockabilly, Sport Climbing and Visual Kei are three (youth) scenes which, at first glance, could not be more different – be it in terms of activities, habits of (self-)presentation or the scenes’ geographic origin. However, the three scenes also have something in common: they all are global-historic movements which are adapted, transformed and interpreted within local contexts of present modern societies. Moreover, as youth-scenes, Rockabilly, Sport Climbing and Visual Kei are conceptualized within the context of individualized, popularized and globalized societies, as a prototype for post-traditional forms of social affiliation due to the dissolution of traditional forms of social affiliation, particularly youth scenes offer a new type of operational framework in which individuals can pursue their interest for a common topic; regardless of their social background. This, commonly hedonistic quest for pleasure, involving only a minimal amount of self-commitment makes scenes attractive for a variety of social agents. Most notably, they offer an opportunity for them to meet like-minded people.

The question, to which extent gender-arrangements are affected in this context of hedonistic enjoyment, has not been systematically studied, yet. The research-project “Scenes, a Prototypical Social Field for (Re-) Negotiating Gender Arrangements?” will attend to this research gap. Initial findings will be presented. In doing so, we will discuss the question in how far gender-patterns are reactualized, ironized, questioned, tested, denied or even traditionalized in these three scenes. In this regard, we consider group-discussions the best method to (a) inquire gender-patterns and -arrangements that dominate and are considered self-evident within the field and to (b) capture their linguistic legitimization. Our goal is to facilitate a deeper understanding as to the question if, or in which way, scenes are a prototypical field for (re-) negotiations of gender-arrangements.