Rock i Rörelse: Hardcore, Straight Edge, veganism och djurrättsrörelsen

[Rock and Social Movements: Hardcore, Straight Edge, Veganism, and the Animal Rights' Movement]


This article discusses the politics of music and the analysis of the cultural-theoretic perspectives, using the music genre of Hardcore and the Animal-Rights’ Movement in the city of Umeå in the 1990s as a case study. I analyze how a specific form of music becomes politicized and functions as the central driving force in a movement with political objectives. It is difficult to locate the dichotomy between Counter Culture and Sub Culture within this movement: Instead, it is better understood with the aid of Alberto Melucci’s concept of “New Social Movements”. The concept of “New Social Movements” focuses on the points of friction in late modern society; hence, analyses of the role of music in these movements may provide us with useful information on how music is being used by young people in order to understand, and deal with, the vital issues of present-day society.

©, 2000

STM-Online vol. 3 (2000)


ISSN: 1403-5715