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The Intertextual Lives of Punk Rock Adolescents

Barbara Guzzetti.

This paper reports a study of a group of high school students who subscribe to a punk rock lifestyle, including dress, music, and zines (self-authored and punk-rock themed underground texts).The study explores how adolescents form and maintain affinity groups (Gee, 2000) that create,and use a shared spoken and written language . These affinity groups are based on and form intertextual connections between alternative forms of text, such as music, dress and zines. The study explored how these punk rock texts expand students' out of school literacies.
Methods of participant observation were used to capture and describe students' punk rock related textual practices.These methods included triangulation through document collection, photographs, interviews and observations. Data were analyzed by constant comparison (Glaser & Strauss, 1967).Member checks were conducted with informants to authenticize data and their analyses.
Findings describe how adolescents use ltieracies to both form and represent their identities as punk rockers. In addition, results reveal how alternative texts are created, maintained and expanded among marginalized youth.Findings have implications for stduent-centred isntruction that motivates and interest adolescents.


Barbara Guzzetti  (United States)
Curriculum and Instruction
Arizona State University

Barbara Guzzetti is Professor of Languge and Literacy in the Divison of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Arizona State University, USA. Margaret Gamboa is a doctoral student in the Language and Litearcy program. They each do research on the out of school literacy practices of preadolescents and adolescents and the relationship of such practices to in-school litearcy instruction.

  • Adolescent literacy
  • Punk rock
  • Intertextuality
  • Informal litearcy practices
Person as Subject
  • Saundra Campbell (pseudonym of teen author.editor) Brutally Morbid Axe of Satan (zine)

(30 min Conference Paper, English)