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This Is England': a case study of a subculture in the England of 1983: the skinheads

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  1. Social description of the society
  2. How people lived during this period
  3. The shift from the inside of the movement
  4. A social and cultural enquiry

This is England' is a title of a famous song made by the Clash in 1985. The lyrics of this song highlights the difficulties faced by England in the mid 1980's which include urban violence, unemployment, racism, police corruption, the Falklands War. This is England, is also the title of a Shane Meadows movie. It could have been called 'Believe me, this is England' or 'This is also England'. This movie is actually about a particular aspect of England which is called as the skinhead subculture. This particular subculture helped Sean Meadows to draw his vision about England in 1983. The beginning of the movie, takes us to Thatcher's period during the war in Falklands. The main actor Shaun lost his father during this war. He suffers a lot from this death and he is rejected by his companions at school. He meets a group of skinheads who adopt him and he then goes to become the mascot of this band of teenagers.

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