Session 12 : Back to the Future/Britain in the 1980s

Culture in the 1980s is considered to have two categories; official and unofficial.

​Official cultures refers to the mainstream, more popular values and norms during the time period. Ideologies are integrated into society to reflect what was considered to be acceptable and popular by those in power and authority.

​Unofficial authority refers more to the minority and the rebelling of official culture; going against the status quo.

Here is a visual mood board outlining differences between ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ culture:

Examples of official culture include the typical neat clothing styles, popular music culture such as Michael Jackson and Madonna and the politics of the times led by Margaret Thatcher.

Unofficial culture examples include much less mainstream fashion choices, such as bright hair and bold, grunge looking clothing.

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