Murphy, David Jo
Hate Couture: Subcultural fundamentalism and the Serbian Black Metal Music Scene.
PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
This work is an ethnography of the Serbian black metal music scene. Through
ethnographic descriptions and a study of the manner in which social scientists have
conceptualized youth movements and scenes in the past decades it is hoped to present a
study of an international phenomenon from the perspective of a Serbian music scene.
Many of the current anxieties concerning the post-socialist decline in mainstream
consensus and its substitution with forms of youth culture as ‘politics by other means’ will
These social scenes are a response to the demands and possibilities that
contemporary modernity produces in the Balkans and within capitalist society in general.
Both Serbia and the black metal scene, have in the past been represented as both ‘other’
and dangerous to the body politic of Europe. The disjuncture between perception and
experience are explored here through techniques of ethnographic representation and
embodied descriptions of the attraction and internal logics that operate both within Serbia
and the wider black metal music scene.
Hospitality, scene myth-making, cathartic effervescence, masculinity and a
‘volkish’ performance of identity are some of the themes explored here through the
medium of music and its capacity to both mirror and contest extremes of ideology and
violence. This work also takes into account the ‘flows’ of influence and discourse that
exist in scenic networks that link Scandinavian Satanic Paganism, the extreme right in
Polish and Russian metal music and a receptive but deeply individualistic Serbian version
of a shared scenic space. Despite the scenes' links to extremist discourses this thesis
reveals insights into a (scene based) virulently patriotic Pan-Slavic identity. An identity
which manages to regularly contradict and efface many of the tensions that outside
observers would typically expect to exist between Serbs, Bosnians, Croatians and their
surrounding neighbors, in reflexive and surprising ways.
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