Style is an unspoken language of identity. But what do things like clothes and hairdos mean? How should we interpret a mohawk as opposed to a beehive, pedalpushers versus intentionally ripped jeans, ska music versus hardcore? Dick Hebdige thinks he has the answer.
Hebdige's slim 1979 monograph "Su
When Jacques Lacan announced a "return to Freud" in the early 1950s, Sartre and Camus shuddered with existential angst inside the fortress they had built around the rational mind. Indeed, the emergence of Lacan, with his emphasis on unconscious desires, spelled the downfall of Existentialism, the phi
"Nothing is worse," Nietzsche once said, "than the smell of an ill-constituted soul." For this professor of Classics and son of a Protestant minister, things were not hidden, there were no secrets: the world revealed itself. From this base of materialism and realism, Nietzsche assaulted Christianity,
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