Youth and Deviance: how music subcultures get caught up in the war on delinquency
Conceptions of youth deviance have multiple influences that help frame them as problematic. One such influence is the impact Music and its various forms have had on youth and their subcultures. Flowing from the rising popularity of American rock n’ roll in the late 1950s, systematic research into the relationship between music and youth gained traction to the point where ideas of youth expression through music became a cornerstone in sociological research concerning youth (Roe, 1999). Many genres of music since such as jazz and rock ‘n’ roll have continuously been regarded as “a corrosive influence on young and impressionable listeners” (Tanner, Asbridge, and Wortley, 2009:1) and public outcries over their influence have been a fixture in popular discourse.