Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


American New England Studies

First Advisor

Ardis Cameron

Second Advisor

Matthew Edney

Third Advisor

Manuel Avalos,PhD., Dean


New retail entrepreneurs, foot soldiers of gentrification, consumption practices


What is the Hipster subculture? This is a question that has plagued me for some time. I sit in a bar and hear patrons discuss hipster's with disdain, while at other bars I notice a comfortable hipster atmosphere , but still, the question lingers in my mind, what is HIpster? I recognize those categorized as hipster identify fashion trends which are attributed to hipster's, and even discern bars, restaurants, and businesses which cater to the Hipster demographic, but still, what does all this mean? What is hipster subculture, and how does it interact with the community?