Subcultures – my own first hand experience

According to ‘Wikipedia’ Subculture means:-  “a subculture is a group of people within a culture (whether distinct or hidden) which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong.”

According to Dictionary dot Com :-
RE: Sociology .
a. the cultural values and behavioral patterns distinctive of a particular group in a society.
b. a group having social, economic, ethnic, or other traits distinctive enough to distinguish it from others within the same culture  or society.

So why this sudden interest in sub-cultures?

Well recently I had a client that shared a sub-culture I am involved in, and we spent a few minutes talking about this.  I got to wondering why we were, and why we felt we had to be, coy and secretive about the discussion.

The subculture I am referring to is that we are both role playing gamers.  We, as gamers, somehow automatically know that in the overall cultural arc our little sub-culture unwelcome.  This is partly due to events in the history of the sub-culture.  Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s role playing games were painted by the conservative religious right as forms of devil worship and the like.  This was fed by assumptions based on information that as created rather than legitimately sought and looked into.  And this led to the entire sub-culture being blacklisted as subversive, evil, or satanic.  This has resulted in members both isolating and banding together.  It has turned what was a simple game into the entire sub-culture.

This is a fascinating cultural and societal phenomena as even decades after these claims were, at least in the main-stream, put to bed, gamers and or role players tend to be hyper cautious about what they say about their hobby to outsiders.  I’ve caught myself agonizing over why I don’t openly talk about this passion of mine more often.  And this, certainly for me, and possibly for others, seems to be driven a lot by fear of social stigmatization.


~ by scawalrus on August 21, 2012.

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