Hard and heavy: Gender and power in a heavy metal music subculture

  • Krenske L
  • McKay J
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Abstract

Krenske and McKay analyze gendered structures of power in a heavy metal (HM) music club. Although both male and female HM devotees often declare that they are engaged in a rebellious activity, this romantic conviction sits uneasily alongside the HM scene's reinforcement of conventional gender relations and identities. Although many women gravitated toward the HM setting in order to escape stifling adolescent situations, they wound up in another oppressive context.

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  • L. Krenske

  • J. McKay

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