Popular music, identity and community

   Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences

About the Project

This research topic focuses on the extent to which popular music, of whatever genre, has meaning at individual or group levels. This research feeds into a range of areas including those that have linkages with subcultural formations (Hebdige, 1979; Jenks, 2005; Patrick, 2011), deviance and moral panics (Cohen, 1972; Critcher, 2003; Korpe, 2004), race and ethnicity (Belle, 2014; Gilroy, 1991; Hyder, 2004), the evolution of particular genres (Bramwell, 2015; Krims, 2000; Snell, 2012), consumption (Paterson, 2006) or youth and fan cultures more generally (Bennet, 2000; Duffet, 2014). Alongside the various theoretical and conceptual positions which could inform this work (fandom, subcultures, feminism, 'race', consumption as well as class, taste and cultural studies), candidates are invited to consider developing such theoretical positions through intersectional approaches toward the production of new and novel research.

Candidates should develop a research proposal to include a working title, aims and objectives, a mini literature review as well as an outline methodology which covers methods, modes of analysis as well as any ethical issues.

Informal conversations with the supervisor are welcome.

How to apply

Formal applications for this application can be submitted via the University of Bradford web site.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have access to suitable third-party funding, such as the Doctoral Loan from Student Finance.


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Bennet, A. (2000) Popular Music and Youth culture: Music, Identity and Place. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Bramwell, R. (2015) UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes. London: Routledge.
Brodsky, W. (2016) Driving With Music: Cognitive-Behavioural Implications. Abingdon: Routledge.
Cohen, S. (1972) Folk Devils and Moral Panics: The Creation of The Mods and Rockers. Oxford: Martin Robertson.
Critcher, C. (2003) Moral Panics and The Media. Buckingham: Open University Press.
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Hyder, R. (2004) Brimful of Asia: Negotiating Ethnicity on the UK Music Scene. Aldershot: Ashgate
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Jenks, C. (2005) Subculture: The Fragmentation of the Social. London: Sage.
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Krims, A (2000) Rap Music and The Poetics of Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Paterson, M. (2006) Consumption and Everyday Life. London: Routledge.
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Snell, D. (2012). Everyday Bogans: Community and Identity between Fans of Heavy Metal Music. Waitako University.
Wall, T. (2003) Studying Popular Music Culture. London: Arnold.
Patrick, J. P. (2011) Subcultural Theory: traditions and practices. Bristol: Polity.

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