Researching Youth Culture and Popular Music: A Methodological Critique

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Title Researching Youth Culture and Popular Music: A Methodological Critique
Author Bennett, Andy
Journal Name British Journal of Sociology
Year Published 2002
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In this article I argue the need for critical evaluation of qualitative research methodology in sociological studies of the relationship between youth culture and popular music. As the article illustrates, there is currently an absence of critical debate concerning methodological issues in this field of sociological research. In the first part of the article I begin to account for this absence by illustrating how early research on youth and music rejected the need for empirical research, relying instead on theories and concepts drawn from cultural Marxism. The second part of the article illustrates how the legacy of this early body of work in youth and music research manifests itself in current research which, although empirically grounded, is characterized by an almost total lack of engagement with methodological issues such as negotiating access to the field, management of field relations and ethical codes. Similarly problematic is the uncritical acceptance on the part of some researchers of their insider knowledge of particular youth musics and scenes as a means of gathering empirical data. In the final part of the article I focus on the issue of insider knowledge and the need for critical evaluation of its use as a methodological tool in field-based youth and music research.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 53
Issue Number 3
Page from 451
Page to 466
ISSN 0007-1315
Date Accessioned 2007-06-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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