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Research Case studies

Nazi Punks Folk Off


Karl Spracklen
Far-right activists have attempted to infiltrate and use music scenes to propagate their racialised ideologies. This project by Spracklen explores attempts by the far right to co-opt black metal and English folk.

Discourse tracing was used to explore online debates about boundaries, belonging and exclusion in the two scenes, and to compare such online debates with ethnographic work and previous research. It is argued that both scenes have differently resisted the far right through the policing of boundaries and communicative choices, but both scenes are compromised by their relationship to myths of whiteness and the instrumentality of the music industry.

Research outputs
  • Spracklen K. (2012): Nazi punks folk off: leisure, nationalism, cultural identity and the consumption of metal and folk music, Leisure Studies, DOI:10.1080/02614367.2012.674152. This can be found here.
Karl Spracklen

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