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Karen Bettez Halnon

Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts


Ph.D., Boston College (1995)

A.B., Amherst College (1986) 

Areas of Research:

Poor Chic: Fads, Fashions, and Media in Popular Consumer Culture

  • Shock Music Carnival, the most transgressive White artists and bands increasingly making it into the mainstream, and their dis-alienating subcultures (e.g., Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Cradle of Filth, Insane Clown Posse, Mindless Self Indulgence, GWAR...)
  • Heavy Metal Music and Its Cultures, from ‘F*** the Mainstream Music’ in the (Commercialized) Mainstream to the ‘High Underground’
  • Subculture in Popular Culture/Consumer Culture, and the Commodification of Dissent (goths, juggalos, brats, “wiggers,” pretender gutter punks, haters, maggots, slaves, cholitas, emos, 420...)
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