Date of Award

Spring 2019

Thesis Type

Rollins Access Only

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts


Todd French

Committee Member

Amy Armenia

Committee Member

Mario D'Amato


In opposition to both the cultural hegemony of a ‘mainstream’ and subcultural precedent exists straight edge, the hardcore punk-derived subculture whose practitioners abstain from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. By way of both ethnographic work and theory of religion, this paper examines straight edge in the contemporary United States as a subculture (or lifestyle, or movement) which has come in thought and practice to resemble something which may be considered ‘religion.’

Rights Holder

Madeleine Jean Scott