This study uses a cultural studies framework to investigate whether the Canadian Skinhead subculture exists as a solution to problems in the social structure experienced by its members. Participant observation, including in-depth interviews, document analysis, and field work carried out in Calgary, Alberta from December, 1993 to March, 1994, was used as a procedure by which to investigate the meanings associated with membership in the Canadian Skinhead subculture in the 1990s. It is argued that although the Canadian Skinhead subculture employs many characteristics of the original British Skinheads, a partial transformation in the form the subculture adopts has occurred in accordance with the changing social circumstances. While the Canadian Skinhead subculture exists as a form of 'resistance' to dominant hegemony, the resistance tends to be 'magical' in the sense that it does not fundamentally alter the social and economic circumstances of its members.
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