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Professor Karl Spracklen, Director of Research

Professor Karl Spracklen

Director of Research

Karl Spracklen is a Professor of Sociology of Leisure and Culture based in the Leeds School of Social Sciences, and the Director of Research for Social Policy. He was previously a Professor of Leisure Studies here at Leeds Beckett University.

Karl is the founder and principal editor of the journal Metal Music Studies, and an Ambassador for the International Society for Metal Music Studies. He has written extensively on music, subcultures, identity and leisure and culture, with interests in alternativity and marginalisation, and social inclusion and exclusion.

As well as popular music studies, Karl's research is based in the subject fields of leisure studies, sociology of leisure and leisure theory. He is a former Chair and of the Leisure Studies Association, and a current Ambassador for them. He is the Secretary of Research Committee 13 (Sociology of Leisure) of the International Sociological Association. He is the co-editor of a book series for Palgrave called Leisure Studies in a Global Era, and another for Emerald called Alternativity and Marginalization. He is the author of a number of key monographs and textbooks on leisure.

Current Teaching

Various in Music and in Social Sciences, plus PhD supervision.

Research Interests

Current research interests include digital leisure, music and leisure and diaspora, heritage and tourism, nationalism and identity in music, goth sub-culture, extreme metal and extreme music, and music and leisure and cultural theory.

Professor Karl Spracklen, Director of Research
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  1. Nationalism and identity in music
  2. Leisure and diaspora
  3. Northernness
  4. Digital leisure
  5. Heritage and tourism
  6. Leisure
  7. Racism
  8. Tourism
  9. Music
  10. Northernness
  11. Sociology

Selected Outputs

  • Spracklen K (2016) Millstone Grit, Blackstone Edge: Literary and Heritage Tourism in the South Pennines, England. In: Hooper G ed. Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 71-84.

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  • Spracklen K; Spracklen B (2018) The Evolution of Goth Culture The Origins and Deeds of the New Goths. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

  • eds. Spracklen K; Lashua B; Sharpe E; Swain S (2017) The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. London: Palgrave.

  • Spracklen K; Lamond I (2016) Critical Event Studies. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • eds. Brown A; Spracklen K; Khan-Harris K; Scott N (2016) Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies. New York: Routledge.

  • Spracklen K (2016) Making the Moral Case for Social Sciences: Stemming the Tide. London: Palgrave.

  • Spracklen K (2015) Digital Leisure, the Internet and Popular Culture. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Spracklen K (2014) Exploring Sports and Society: A Critical Introduction for Students. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Lamond IR; Spracklen K (2014) Protests As Events: Politics, Activism and Leisure. London: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated.

  • Spracklen K (2013) Leisure, Sports & Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Spracklen K (2013) Whiteness and Leisure. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Spracklen K (2011) Constructing Leisure: Historical and Philosophical Debates. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Long J; Spracklen K (2010) Sport and Challenges to Racism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Spracklen K (2009) The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Spracklen K (2017) The Future of Work and Leisure.

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  • Spracklen K; Scott N (2015) Metal Music Studies.