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Dr Paul Hodkinson



University roles and responsibilities

  • Director of Postgraduate Research, Department of Sociology


Research interests

My teaching


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


BooksHodkinson, P. (2010), Media, Culture and Society, London: Sage.

Hodkinson, P. (2002), Goth. Identity, Style and Subculture, Oxford: Berg.

Edited BooksBennett, A. and Hodkinson, P. (eds.) (2012), Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity, Oxford: Berg.

Hodkinson, P. and Deicke, W. (2007), Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes, London: Routledge.

Journal Special EditionsGeldens, P., Lincoln, S. and Hodkinson, P. (eds.) (2011), 'Youth: Identities, Transitions, Cultures', Journal of Sociology, 47 (4).

Brooks, R. and Hodkinson, P. (eds.) (2008), 'Young People, New Technologies and Political Engagement', Special Issue, Journal of Youth Studies, 11 (5).

Journal Papers and Book ChaptersHodkinson, P. (forthcoming 2013), 'Family and Parenting in an Ageing "Youth" Culture: A Collective Embrace of Dominant Adulthood?', Sociology, Accepted June 2012, Issue TBC.

Hodkinson, P. (forthcoming 2012), 'Spectacular Youth Cultures and Ageing: Beyond Refusing to Grow Up', Sociology Compass, Issue TBC.

Hodkinson, P. (2012), 'The Collective Ageing of a Goth Festival' in Bennett, A. and Hodkinson, P. (eds.), Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity, Oxford: Berg.

Hodkinson, P. (2012), 'Beyond Spectacular Specifics in the Study of Youth Cultures', Journal of Youth Studies, I-First, DOI:10.1080/13676261.2012.663891.

Hodkinson, P. (2011), 'Ageing in a Spectacular "Youth Culture": Continuity, Change and Community Amongst Ageing Goths', British Journal of Sociology 62 (2).

Hodkinson, P. (2009), 'Spectacular Youth? Young People's Fashion and Style', in Furlong, A. (ed.), Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood, London: Routledge.

Hodkinson, P. and Lincoln, S. (2008), 'Online Journals as Virtual Bedrooms: Young People, Identity and Personal Space', YOUNG, 16 (1).

Hodkinson, P. (2008), 'Grounded Theory and Inductive Research', in Gilbert, N. (ed.). Researching Social Life: Third Edition, London : Sage.

Hodkinson, P. (2007), 'Interactive Online Journals and Individualisation', New Media and Society, Volume 9 (4).

Hodkinson, P. (2007), 'Goth Music and Subculture', in Spooner, C. and McEvoy, E. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Gothic, London: Routledge.

Hodkinson, P. (2007), 'Youth Cultures: A Critical Overview of Key Debates', in Hodkinson, P. and Deicke, W. (eds), Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes, New York: Routledge.

Hodkinson, P. (2007), '“We are all individuals, but we've all got the same boots on!” Traces of Individualism within a Subcultural Community', in Bibbly, M. and Goodlad, L. (eds.), Goth: Undead Subculture, North Carolina: Duke University Press.

Hodkinson, P. (2006), 'Subcultural Blogging. Online Journals and Group Involvement Among UK Goths', in Bruns, A. and Jacobs, J. (eds), Uses of Blogs, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 187-198.

Hodkinson, P. (2005), 'Insider Research in the Study of Youth Cultures', in Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 8 (2): 131-149.

Hodkinson, P. (2005), 'Communicating Goth: Online Media', in Gelder, K. (ed.), The Subcultures Reader, Second Edition, London: Routledge, 564-574.

Hodkinson, P. (2004) 'The Goth Scene and (Sub)Cultural Substance', in Bennett, A. and Harris, K. (eds.) After Subculture: Critical Studies in Contemporary Youth Culture, London: Palgrave, 135-147.

Hodkinson, P. (2004), 'Trans-Local Connections in the Goth Scene', in Bennett, A. and Peterson, R. (eds.), Music Scenes: Local, Translocal and Virtual, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 131-148.

Hodkinson, P. (2003), ' “Net.Goth”. On-line Communications and (Sub)Cultural Boundaries', in Muggleton, D. and Weinzierl, R. (eds.), The Post-Subcultural Reader, Oxford: Berg, 285-298.

Some of these publications are available to download from Paul's personal site at

Selected Conference PapersHodkinson, P. (2011), 'Style, Subculture and Identity in the Goth Scene', invited public seminar talk, Template for Terror: The Revival of Gothic, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London.

Hodkinson, P. (2011), Beyond the Meaning of Style: On the Continuing Role of Content in Subcultural Analysis, keynote address, Youth Subcultures in Changing Societies, Tallinn University, Estonia.

Hodkinson, P. (2009), 'MySpace or Our Space? Social Networking Sites and Emerging Identities', invited address, ESRC Funded Seminar: Global Youth, University of Kent.

Hodkinson, P. (2009), 'Subculture as Subversion?' Subculture and Style Symposium, invited address, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

Hodkinson, P. (2008), 'Youth, Personal Space and Online Communication', invited keynote address, The 21st Century Teenager: Media Representation, Theory and Policy, Leeds Trinity College.

Hodkinson, P. (2008), Youth, Personal Space and Identity: An Examination of Social Networking Sites', keynote, The Place of Youth: Young People and Social Space, University of Kingston, London.

Hodkinson, P. (2006), 'Style as Subculture? Contrasting Interpretations of Goth', invited public seminar talk, Vooruit Theatre, Ghent, Belgium.

Hodkinson, P (2006), 'Subcultural or Postsubcultural: The Case of the Goth Scene', Invited Keynote, 'Theoretical and Methodological Workshop', organised by Framework 6 Project: Society and Lifestyles: Towards Enhancing Social Harmonisation through Knowledge of Subcultural Communities.

Hodkinson, P. and Lincoln, S. (2005), 'Online Journals and Teenage Bedrooms?', Young People and New Technologies: BSA Youth Study Group Conference, University of Northampton.

Hodkinson, P. (2005), Young People, Internet Communication and Individualisation', British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of York.

Hodkinson, P. (2004), 'Subcultural Blogging: Individual, Community and Communication', Association of Internet Researchers Conference, University of Sussex.

Hodkinson, P. (2003), 'Balancing Subjectivity and Objectivity: Reflections on Being a Critical Insider', Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes: BSA Youth Study Group Conference, University College Northampton.