American Subcultures
First Edition   ©2018

American Subcultures

A Bedford Spotlight Reader

Eric Rawson (University of Southern California)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-06203-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-06203-3; Format: Paper Text, 304 pages

 A brief and versatile reader about American subcultures at an affordable price

American Subcultures explores questions about how marginalized communities affect our shared experience: What is life like in a marginalized group? How do subcultures define themselves? By what means does a subculture challenge authority? How do subcultures reproduce the values of mainstream culture? In what ways have subcultures been subsumed by the larger culture, and how have the subcultures responded? Readings by psychologists, journalists, philosophers, sociologists, activists, and others take up these issues and more. Questions and assignments for each selection provide a range of activities for students and the website for the Spotlight Series ( offers instructor support with sample syllabi and additional teaching resources.

The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series is an exciting line of single-theme readers, each featuring Bedford’s trademark care and quality. An Editorial Board of more than a dozen compositionists at schools focusing on specific themes assist in the development of the series. The readers in the series collect thoughtfully chosen readings sufficient for an entire writing course—about 35 selections—to allow instructors to provide carefully developed, high-quality instruction at an affordable price. Bedford Spotlight Readers are designed to help students make inquiries from multiple perspectives, opening up topics such as language diversity, music, borders, humor, monsters, happiness, money, food, sustainability, and gender to critical analysis. The readers are flexibly arranged in thematic chapters, each focusing in depth on a different facet of the central topic.