What are some good books/documentaries about oppressed subcultures?
August 8, 2014 4:16 PM Subscribe
What are some good books/documentaries specifically about members of a subculture appreciating the fruits of that subculture while realizing that it was created as a reaction to oppression?
posted by Senor Cardgage to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
OK bear with me here, because I've been wanting to post this one for a while now but I have been struggling with the phrasing, since it can be a delicate subject.
Basically what I am interested in commentary, from someone living in it if possible, on a subculture that is aware that the only reason it exists is from being forced underground and into the shadows and how people in that subculture reconcile their love for that culture while realizing it was born of circumstances they would just as soon as rather have not happened.
To choose an example, say perhaps the gay leather culture. I could be wrong, but my estimation is that that culture arose from homosexuality being "other"ed out of sight, and then all this codification and culture arose from that. Assuming that is true, it would be interesting to read or hear points of view from people in the culture that love the facets of it while realizing that it was created out of a crap situation.
Am I making any sense?
This can be about a subculture, art form, anything. It's just a topic that fascinates me.