It’s easy in conversations about urban culture and even youth culture to lump in the concept of “street culture” as an overlapping component. The topic I am currently pondering is where, exactly, those overlaps exist.
When I think about urbanization and urban culture, a lot of definitions come to mind: fast pace, limited space, multicultural dynamics in the developed world as well as multi-class dynamics on a global scale. I also think about the conflicts of economics versus tradition in the developing / emerging third world. And then there is health and wellness dynamics as well as a high concentration of “creative class” workers.
When I think about youth culture in an urban context, many of the topics I have discussed before come to mind: especially with regard to emerging markets and the economics / tradition topic I just mentioned. And the most pressing question is how much of “street” culture in urban areas is synonymous with youth culture?
My hypotheses are that street culture is about accessibility: of recreation, art, music, etc. to those who either have less means or follow a more non-traditional economic career-path trajectory (artists, entertainment professionals?). And to that end, it would stand to reason that non-organized sports like basketball or soccer fall in that space and overlap with youth culture. As would “street art” and independent music, etc. But is there mutual exclusivity there than I am missing. For example, is there a racial / ethnic component that exists in the developed world that doesn’t in other global cultural venues?
Would love a POV from my global audience on how they see the delineations between urban, street and youth culture…based on your observations, experiences or straight-up knowledge.
I think it’s an interesting point to ponder…as I know that when I was a “youth” I identified very strongly with some street culture but not necessarily all of it. But my lived experience growing up in the suburbs in the U.S. is likely a bit skewed and I am not narcissistic enough to presume my experience is the sum total of the world’s lived reality. I guess anthropology is likely a good profession for me in that context.
And like i always say, context is everything.
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- Macroforces And Changes In Global Consumer Culture Part 1: Mass Urbanization (thebrandsherpa.wordpress.com)
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- STGCC 2012: The Definite Pop Culture in Asia! (ireport.cnn.com)