Punk Lives: Contesting Boundaries in the Dutch Punk Scene

This thesis investigates the everyday experiences of subcultural participants. It takes as its focus the Dutch punk scene, tracing its emergence and development and mapping it historically and spatially. It explores the meanings attached to punk by its participants past and present. It further situates punk as part of participants’ wider lives, in particular in their mobility, connectivity, political engagements and life choices.

This thesis speaks to several areas of enquiry. It most prominently contributes to subcultural debates, as well as the emerging field of ‘punk studies’. However the research presented here also has implications for discussions of globalisation, particularly in terms of cultural flow and the effect on local scene ‘boundaries’. It further contributes to conceptual developments of political activity in a world with ever more emphasis on individualised choice.

Lohman, 2015