Metal Heads: Heavy Metal Music and Adolescent Alienation

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tables and photographs

Tables
3.1 General characteristics of heavy metal songs46
4.1 Sample sensation-seeking items68
5.1 Rates of reckless behavior78
6.1 Attitudes toward family104
7.1 Educational enrollment, 1890-1985118
7.2 Percentage of American teenagers (aged 13-17) calling values "very important"123

Photographs
Dressed to thrill at a concert8
Fans exult in the high-sensation intensity of a concert11
Tattoos are common among heavy metal fans54
Metalheads admire the musical skills of the performers65
Slamdancing: "It's like a huge group fight"84
Stage diving can be hazardous92
Much of adolescents' time at home is spent alone98
"The Satanic Army" logo128
Concerts are usually attended with friends131
A female fan and friend141
The ratio of boys to girls at concerts is in favor of the boys143
A stage diver plunges in160
From the mouths of metalheads comes an alarm. . . .165

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables and Photographs vii
  • Preface ix
  • Profile - Jack 1
  • 1 - A Heavy Metal Concert: The Sensory Equivalent of War 7
  • Profile - Nick 19
  • 2 - Heavy Metal Music and the Socialization of Adolescents 23
  • Profile - Mark 35
  • 3 - What is This Thing Called Heavy Metal? 41
  • Profile - Brian 59
  • 4 - The Allure of Heavy Metal 63
  • Profile - Spencer 73
  • 5 - The Effects of Heavy Metal 77
  • Profile - Lew 91
  • 6 - Sources of Alienation I: Family and Community 97
  • Profile - Reggie 111
  • 7 - Sources of Alienation II: School and Religion 117
  • Profile - Jean 135
  • 8 - The Girls of Metal 139
  • Profile - Barry 151
  • 9 - Heavy Metal Music, Individualism, and Adolescent Alienation 155
  • Appendix: Interview Questions 169
  • Notes 171
  • References 183
  • About the Book and Author 189
  • Index 191
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