Dr Jo Haynes

Dr Jo Haynes

Dr Jo Haynes
Senior Lecturer

2.05, 11 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 92 88499

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Prior to starting the Lectureship in Sociology at Bristol from 2006, I was Research Associate in the (former) School for Cultural & Media Studies at the University of the West of England (1997- 1999) working with Martin Barker, Jane Arthurs and Ramaswami Harindranth on an ESRC funded project exploring audience responses to David Cronenberg's film, Crash. I completed my PhD in Sociology at Bristol in 2003 and worked in the Graduate School of Education, Bristol (2003- 2005) with Leon Tikly, David Gillborn and Chamion Caballero on projects funded by the (former) Department for Education and Skills focused on mixed race pupils in English schools and African-Caribbean educational achievement (Aiming High project).


Jo’s research interests are in the fields of race/racialisation, music, cosmopolitanism and cultural work. She broadly explores entanglements between race and music by asking ontological and political questions about the ways in which race is invoked within cultural production and consumption. Her book Music, Difference and Residue of Race (2013; New York: Routledge) explored these themes as do several of her journal publications (see below). She explores questions of cosmopolitanism, racism, diversity and representation in popular culture, including music festivals and television, and is also interested in the working lives of musicians and other aspects of cultural work in the creative & cultural industries. Another emergent focus within the study of popular music is methodological where she enjoys exploring theoretical and practical questions about researchers’ negotiations of the music field and how to conceptualise music as an object of sociological investigation. Other methodological interests focus on working with archived qualitative data and the use of qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) in research.

She is currently a Principal Investigator on a large European research project studying European Music Festivals, Public Spaces, and Cultural Diversity (FestiVersities) funded by the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) network as part of their Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe joint research programme. The research will take place within five European countries between 2019-2022. Other academic partners include Project Lead - Professor Ian Woodward (Syddansk Universitet, Denmark), and (PI) Dr Pauwke Berkers (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), (PI) Dr Aileen Dillane (University of Limerick, Ireland) and (PI) Karolina Golemo (Jagiellonian University, Poland). This project is a comparative study of music festivals as potential public spaces affording encounters with diversities. The project takes a qualitative, comparative approach to investigate across multiple research sites the meaning of the festival for organisers, festival workers, performers, audiences and the community more broadly. Jo will be particularly focused on festival workers and musicians’ encounters with diversity. Methods of data collection include participant observation, surveys, research interviews, and visual-sonic methodologies.

Prior to this she was Co-Principal Investigator (with Lee Marshall) on a British Academy funded project (Digital Entrepreneurs: Negotiating Commerce and Creativity in the ‘New’ Music Industry) that explored the entrepreneurial activities of musicians and the tensions between their commercial and creative experiences particularly in the context of social media. Articles from this research are published in British Journal of Sociology and New Media & Society.



Introduction to the Sociology of Culture

Cultural Representation

Advanced Qualitative Research


Current PhD Students

Elizabeth Chambers: Exploring ‘visible’whiteness in the alt-right movement

Former PhD students

Jonah Bury: Sexual citizenship in English professional football

Joanna Cross: The Significance of the aesthetic in the constitution  of care

Ellen Kirkpatrick: Playing Gods: The superhero genre and cosplay - Identity re-imagined through ‘passing’


I am interested in applications from prospective PhD students on any aspect of the sociology of music, popular culture, cultural work, particularly those that explore issues relating to race/ethnicity/racism, creative labour or cosmopolitanism.

Key publications

  1. Haynes, J, 2013, ‘Music, Difference and the Residue of Race’. Routledge
  2. Haynes, JC & Jones, DJ, 2012, ‘A Tale of Two Analyses: The Use of Archived Qualitative Data’. Sociological Research Online, vol 17., pp. 1-9
  3. Haynes, J, 2010, ‘In the Blood:The Racializing Tones of Music Categorisation’. Cultural Sociology, vol 4 ., pp. 81 - 100
  4. Haynes, J & Dermott, E, 2011, ‘Displaying Mixedness: Difference and Family Relationships’. in: E Dermott, J Seymour (eds) Displaying Families: A New Concept for the Sociology of Family Life. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 145 - 159
  5. Haynes, J, 2009, ‘Urban Music, Technology and Everyday Political Imaginaries’. in: J Caudwell (eds) Tourism and Leisure: Local Communities and Local Cultures in the UK. Leisure Studies Association, pp. 99 - 120
  6. Caballero, C, Haynes, J & Tikly, L, 2007, ‘Researching mixed race in education: perceptions, policies and practices’. Race, Ethnicity and Education, vol 10 (3)., pp. 345 - 362

Latest publications

  1. Haynes, J, 2019, ‘Embodied minstrelsy, racialization and redemption in reggae’. European Journal of Cultural Studies.
  2. Haynes, J & Marshall, LKR, 2018, ‘Reluctant entrepreneurs: musicians and entrepreneurship in the ‘new’ music industry’. British Journal of Sociology, vol 69., pp. 459-482
  3. Haynes, J & Marshall, L, 2018, ‘Beats and tweets: Social media in the careers of independent musicians’. New Media and Society, vol 20., pp. 1973-1993
  4. Nowak, R & Haynes, J, 2018, ‘Friendships with benefits? Examining the role of friendship in semi-structured interviews within music research’. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol 21., pp. 425-438

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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