- no.25, pp.13-22, 2014-09-30
Nowadays, media frequently focuses on the expansion of poverty among youth in Japan. Usually the conclusion is that this happens because of the collapse of conventional bonds like with the family, local communities, etc. One of the solutions for this problem is to create an informal support association to substitute for conventional systems. This article's main focus is the practice of young people who are managing a "hip hop and street wear" shop at a provincial city. These persons create informal associations called "crew" based on their knowledge of the hip hop culture and by doing that they help each other. The members of the crews are united strongly in specific ways like tattoos. Besides crews, they create another community. Inside of this community, they visit their friend's shop and spend a lot of money. They usually do this practice mutually to circulate money. In previous studies like Hebdige (1979), they described youth subculture as resistance to the dominant culture. However, this paper will argue how some young people manage their life within society with using their subculture skill set.