The Lure of the Mob: Contemporary Cinematic Depictions of Skinhead Authenticity

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



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