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Punk CrisisThe Global Punk Rock Revolution$
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Raymond A. Patton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190872359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190872359.001.0001

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Thatcher, Reagan, Jaruzelski

Thatcher, Reagan, Jaruzelski

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Punk Crisis

Raymond A. Patton

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines punk’s intertwined relationship with the rise of neoconservative/neoliberal politics amid the regimes of US president Ronald Reagan, UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and martial law Poland under first secretary of the Communist Party General Wojciech Jaruzelski. In each country, punk was intertwined with a shift from a Cold War political framework toward neoliberalism and an increasingly culturally based political alignment. Examining Oi! and 2 Tone in the United Kingdom, and straightedge, hardcore, and the punks around the ’zine Maximum Rocknroll in the United States, it shows how punk scenes around the world became entangled in these shifts and found themselves fracturing along the newly relevant political categories. In Eastern Europe, market reforms and efforts to revive the Polish economy and cultural sphere exacerbated tensions between subcultural capital and actual capital, creating analogous divisions within its punk scenes.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, neoconservatism, market reforms, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Cold War, popular culture, punk

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