Music remains an important aspect of culture and society, proven by copious academic studies exploring how humans create, experience, and utilize it. The emergence of punk rock as a music genre and scene of interconnected individuals in the mid-to-late 1970s provides significant insight into social and political attitudes of the time. Punk rock's continued existence in the present day reflects similar themes to its first incarnation besides forging new directions for the genre and the scene. In this study I examine social factors within the current Central Florida punk rock scene that contribute to its evolution and longevity. I used participant observation and semi-structured interviews to obtain ethnographic data from punk rock scene members and understand their experiences in the scene. I found two prevailing themes in the Central Florida punk scene, community and networking, which serve to unite scene members and ensure punk rock as a DIY, underground scene remains relevant at present time. Based on this, I conclude that the current punk rock scene exists as a critique to contemporary societal norms around the world as well as an example of mixed-mode complex social networking and information sharing.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Friedman, Lauren, "Stage Dives and Shared Mics: Ethnographic Perspectives on Community and Networking in the Central Florida Punk Rock Scene" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 45.