Journal of Popular Culture 46 (3):626-646 (2013)

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John Marmysz
College of Marin
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In this paper I examine the history and style of the real-life skinhead subculture in order to clarify its nature and to highlight its preoccupation with the ideal of "authenticity." I then use the insights thus gained in order to understand why it is that the skinhead characters in such fictional films as Romper Stomper, American History X and The Believer are, despite their neo-Nazism, granted a sympathetic depiction.
Keywords Aesthetics  Film and Philosophy  Nihilism  Martin Heidegger  Authenticity  Skinheads  Punk Rock
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