My research project
Youth Culture, Music and Resistance in Bucharest
My PhD project consists of an examination of subcultural resistance through music-related practices inside the punk and electronic music scenes of Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Since there have been almost no studies conducted on subcultural spaces in this geographical region, the study has the potential to offer a new perspective on resistance from a non-Western viewpoint. Additionally, this would be an excellent opportunity to see whether or not Western conceptions can be successfully applied to subcultural activities outside of the Anglo-American sphere of influence, and to attempt to go beyond the modern-postmodern debate in order to formulate a more cohesive picture of a complex sociological phenomenon.
The key research questions are:
- How are music-related practices, values and lifestyles connected to elements and types of resistance inside subcultural spaces?
- In what ways do young people’s accounts of their local music scene participation articulate resistance?
- What is the role of emotion and affective impact in defining the resistant or non-resistant character of youth groups?
- What implication does the specific context of Romania have for the significance of subcultures and their relationship with resistance?
The broad aim of the project is to understand the internal logic of subcultural activity in a scarcely studied geographical space, and to analyse mechanisms of solidarity inside a market-driven post-industrial society where youths are typically seen as simple consumers who lack interest in social and political matters.
My broad research interests include youth culture, subcultural theory, urban nightlife, cultural hybridity, the sociology of music, Marxist and post-Marxist sociological perspectives, and the interaction between philosophical thought and sociology. I have previously been awarded a BA with Honours in History and Criminology from the University of Essex in 2012, and an MRes in Social Research from the University of Aberdeen in 2013. Outside of academia, I maintain a long-standing interest in the arts, and have worked as a music writer for Surrey’s Subcultured magazine from October 2016 to May 2017.