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 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 inSociology 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).


My main research interests are focused on issues of racialisation, especially in relation to the theoretical and practical aspects of the consumption/production of local/global music cultures and regarding issues of representation within popular culture and the media more broadly. I also have an ongoing interest in  race and racism in education. Another specialist interest is research methodologies, particularly the use of archived qualitative data and QDAS in research.

I was recently awarded funding from the British Academy to carry out research (with Lee Marshall) on the entrepreneurial activities of musicians and the tensions between their commercial and creative experiences in the 'new' music industry.

My first solo-authored book Music, Difference and the Residue of Race was recently published by Routledge, New York.


Introduction to the Sociology of Culture


Cultural Representation

Advanced Qualitative Research


Current PhD Students

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

Ebba Vobora: Displaying Mixed Parentage in t he Swedish Fatherhood Utopia? A qualitative longitudinal study of foreign born fathers with Swedish partners in Stockholm

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, culture, creative labour, particularly those that explore issues relating to race/ethnicity/racism or technology.

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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