Hairstyles and Attitudes

Philosophy in the Contemporary World 7 (2-3):43-55 (2000)
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Much of Ian Hacking’s recent work has concerned the notion of ‘human kinds’, that is, ways of classifying people as objects of study in the human and social sciences. In this paper, I use a study of the development of a particular kind of person---the punk rocker---to clarify and extend the idea of a human kind. With regard to clarification, this case provides an excellent opportunity to consider examples of what Hacking calls ‘looping effects’, i. e. particular kinds of interactions between ways of classifying people and those who are classified. As for extending Hacking’s ideas, in punk we see a sort of kind creation largely absent from the examples he has considered. While the human kinds Hacking has focused on typically emerge from investigations by experts and then filter out intopopular consciousness, in punk we see the opposite process take place.



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