Survival of Subcultures and the Cyclic Cultural Transference

Like the major cultures, subcultures owe their existence to the cyclic cultural transference. It is the engine of every cultural continuum. Without new individuals entering to the subculture either through birth or later in life, the cultural continuum would seize to exist. Without transferring the components of the culture to new generations, the continuation of the culture would be impossible. Thus, one of the key elements for the survival of the subcultures is that the subculture’s traits, habits and beliefs are adopted by the new members of the subculture. Include the natural cultural development to them, and you have a subculture that can enter through the threshold of the emerging future and across the barriers of time generated by mortal existence.

At first, becoming a carrier and a member of a subculture is more like mimicry until the normal individualization has made the person through experience and increasing awareness a part of subculture. Asymmetric sub-modular brain areas and neurological connections have been made in relativity with the traits, values and beliefs of the subculture.

The adaptation of younger individuals to a subculture must never be mixed with the idea that the youth are without a mind of their own. It is the time of finding identity, entering to adulthood, increase of independence and especially, a strong curiosity for different experiences. Whoever mistakes to think youth in different ages to be without a free will has been blinded by the arrogance or sense of superiority gained through the increase of awareness from experimentation, experience, self-awareness and thousands of mistakes and successes of trial and error.

We can see the cyclic cultural transference in something as simple as youth beginning to smoke cigarettes or drinking alcohol as a part of their celebrations. Younger adults see that behavior in older adults and begin to mimic that behavior as a part of becoming an older adult. The younger youth seek their culture of the youth through hip hop, pop, metal music and so on, imitating the outfits, behavior and beliefs of their heroes. The older they get, the more deeply involved they become with the subculture. Their awareness has increased in the area of their choosing. Their experience of the music, habits and outlook increases as the awareness increases. Thus increasing the complexity of the development made into the post-innate neurophysiology.

Those who join into a religion in later life are also the carriers of the culture, enabling the culture to exceed through the threshold of the emerging future. Without cyclic cultural transference, there would be no cultural continuum. With cyclic cultural transference, the subcultures survive.