Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Anthropology

Document Type



The intent of this thesis is to investigate the role of the punk subculture in Richmond, Virginia from an ethnographic perspective. Through participant observation and open-ended interviews, it seeks an understanding of the role of the subculture in the lives of those who embrace it and how it shapes their experiences in Richmond. In doing so, it hopes to fill a gap in music geography and in the study of the punk subculture. According to much of the literature, punk died decades ago, but for those who claim punk allegiance in Richmond today, it is very alive and real. This ethnography shows how the punk subculture, continuing to defy critics with its very existence, allows individual punks to have an identity separate from mainstream society. This work illustrates how punks in Richmond use the city to suit their own needs - needs antithetical to the mainstream Richmond population. Through finding places otherwise ignored or undesired, the punk subculture is able to adapt and survive and create a geography of its own.



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Committee Chair

Dydia DeLyser