The hipster subculture is stereotypically composed of affluent or upper middle class[1] youth who reside primarily in gentrifying neighborhoods.[2][3] It is broadly associated with indie and alternative music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, vintage and thrift store-bought clothing, generally progressive political views, organic and artisanal foods, alternative lifestyles and snobbery.[4][5][6][7][8][9] The subculture typically consists of white millennials living in urban areas.[10][11] It has been described as a "mutating, trans-Atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and behavior".[12]

The term in its current usage first appeared in the 1990s and became particularly prominent in the late 2000s and early 2010s,[13] being derived from the term used to describe earlier movements in the 1940s.[14] Members of the subculture typically do not self-identify as hipsters, and the word hipster is often used as a pejorative to describe someone who is pretentious,[15] overly trendy, effete or a stereotypical term, that has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity.[2][16] Some scholars contend that the contemporary hipster is a "marketplace myth" that has a complex, two-way relationship with the worldview and value system of indie-oriented consumers.[17]

In a 2009 article in PopMatters magazine, Rob Horning asserted that the hipster might be the "embodiment of postmodernism as a spent force, revealing what happens when pastiche and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics."[18] In a New York Times editorial, Mark Greif states that the much-cited difficulty in analyzing the term stems from the fact that any attempt to do so provokes universal anxiety, since it "calls everyone's bluff".
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