Drawn on ten unstructured biographical interviews, the article adopts the post-subcultural approach to examine the professionalization of crafts in the context of mediaeval historical reenactments. The historical reenactment offers its participants a chance of acquiring an extraordinary transgressive experience through dressing up and practices of aestheticized violence. Nowadays, transgression is problematized and marginalized as deviant behavior. To overcome the split between the stage and real life, the actors work towards normalizing their participation in the historical reenactment and making it unproblematic and consistent with legitimate forms of socialization. Among the possible directions of normalization in the framework of historical reenactment, there is the professionalization of crafts whereby economic practices of subsistence turn into a profession, while craftsmen turn into masters.
This article is an expanded version of the report submitted by the author on V scientific and practical conference dedicated to the memory of the first Dean of the Faculty of Sociology HSE Alexander O. Kryshtanovskiy "Sociological research methods in modern practice". The article is based on a study of the quantative data obtained in the course of one of the stages of the study "New social movements of youth" by Center of Youth Studies HSE - SaintPetersburg. At this stage, youth community mapping was conducted and analysis of the data using SNA tools was organised. The issue of this work is related to the specific application of network theory and network analysis methods in the process of discovering relations between various informal organisations on the example of youth communities.