Performative Genders: Exploring Intersectionality, Identity and Power in Leisure Spaces


   School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  , Dr Laura Davies  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Leisure spaces and leisure communities are where we make sense of our lives way from the pressures of post-Fordist, post-industrial work that constrain and remove agency. But leisure spaces and communities are also the product of a long history of commodification, instrumentality and inequality. The struggle to access leisure spaces made for and controlled by elite white, heterosexual men continues.

The aim of this PhD is to explore contemporary leisure spaces to see how different marginalised. subcultural, counterhegemonic or transgressive people and communities are able to make meaning and find identity and community, or whether such spaces remain constrained by social, economic and cultural power. The focus will be one or more of the following leisure spaces and communities:

  • Drill and other hip-hop music
  • Online gaming scenes
  • Heavy metal
  • Long-distance walking
  • Fell running
  • Private gyms

The methodological lens will depend on the level of the student’s own insider status. We are not looking necessarily for someone who is an insider, but it will be necessary to understand to be situated in the ethnographic, qualitative turn grounded in Goffman. Interested candidates can contact Professor Karl Spracklen by email at .


Sociology (32)

Funding Notes

The bursary includes all UK Fees paid and a stipend of £17,668 per annum (pro-rate into 12 monthly payments) for a period of three years. Funding will be subject to satisfactory progress. The school will expect you to contribute to teaching in an area close to your own research interests.

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