What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation

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Based on a panel held at the New School with Mark Greif, Christian Lorentzen, and Jace Clayton (DJ/rupture), n+1's investigation of the rise and fall of the contemporary hipster.

What Was The Hipster?

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All descriptions of hipsters are doomed to disappoint, because they will not be the hipsters you know. But to those of you who are reading this in 2050, I can only say: Everything in this book is true, and its impressions are perfect.

When we talk about the contemporary hipster, we’re talking about a kind of cross-subcultural figure who emerges by 1999 and enjoys a fairly narrow but robust first phase of existence from 1999 to 2003. At which point the category of hipster seemed about to dissipate and return to the primordial subcultural soup, for something else to take over. Instead what we witnessed was an increasing spread and durability of the term, in an ongoing second phase from 2003 to the present.

The truth was that there was no culture worth speaking of, and the people called hipsters just happened to be young and, more often than not, funny-looking.

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Author Mark Greif / Kathleen Ross / Danya Tortrici
Publisher n+1
Page Count 194pp
Publication Size 4.5 x 7.5
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date October 26, 2010
ISBN 978-09825977-1-2

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