"Are all skinheads right-wing? Are all Goths Satanists? Are students becoming more violent?"
Today’s youths are viewed two-fold: Either as subjects prone to violence or as objects for the sales-focused research of trend scouts. Both of these approaches capture only a part of the complex phenomena of youth cultures that have emerged over time: youth social formations that are constantly changing and which resist easy categorizations.
"Only those who give up the comfort of simple answers will be able to grasp reality."
The Berlin-based Archiv der Jugendkulturen e.V. (Archive of Youth Cultures) answers prejudices with refined expertise. So far, the archive is the only institution in Europe that collects materials from youth cultures (skinheads, punks, rappers, skaters…) and makes it available for researchers and interested parties in its own public reference library at no charge.
Currently, the 200 m2 archival library comprises more than
- 6,500 books and brochures
- 30,000 fanzines, magazines and newspapers
- 500 research papers, theses and dissertations
- 4,000 CDs, LPs, audio cassettes, DVDs and videos,
as well as tens of thousands of press articles and countless leaflets, flyers and posters.
Have you written a scholarly paper on youth culture? Please make it available to our library! firstname.lastname@example.org.