Andy Bennett

Andy Bennett is Convenor of KISMIF Conference.

He is Professor of Cultural Sociology at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Prior to his appointment at Griffith, he held posts at Brock University (Canada) and the Universities of Surrey, Kent, Glasgow, and Durham (UK) and spent two years in Germany working as a music teacher with the Frankfurt Rockmobil project. Andy is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) (and a former Chair of the UK and Ireland IASPM branch). As a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) (1994 – 2006) he was co-founder of the BSA Youth Study Group. He is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and an Associate of PopuLUs, the Centre for the Study of the World’s Popular Music at Leeds University. Andy was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology (the official TASA journal) between 2009 and 2012. He is currently a member of the Editorial Boards for the journals Cultural Sociology, Journal of Youth Studies, Continuum, Dancecult and Canadian Journal of Popular Culture.




Research interests

Music, identity and locality, popular music scenes, ethnic identities and music, youth music-making practices, youth culture and the internet, carnival and play among contemporary youth, post-subcultural theory, culture and everyday life, ethnographic methodologies, ageing and popular music, historical perspectives on popular music, popular music and heritage.



Bennett, A. (2020). British Progressive Pop 1970 – 1980. New York: Bloomsbury.

Bennett, A. & Guerra, P. (2019). DIY Cultures and Underground Music Scenes. Abingdon, Oxforshire: Routledge.

Bennett, A. (2018). Youth, Music and DIY Careers. Cultural Sociology. Vol 12, Issue 2, pp. 133–139. 

Bennett, A. (2018). Conceptualising the Relationship Between Youth, Music and DIY Careers: A Critical Overview. Cultural Sociology. Vol 12, Issue 2, pp. 140–155. 

Bennett, A., & Strong, C. (2018). ‘Popular Music Heritage, Grass-Roots Activism and web 2.0: The Case of the ‘Save The Palace’ Campaign’, Cultural Sociology, 12(3), pp. 368 – 383. 

Bennett, A. (2018). Music Scenes and Ageing Bodies. Aging Studies, 45, pp. 49 – 53. 

Bennett, A. (2018). DIY Preservationism and Recorded Music – Saving Lost Sounds. In S. Baker, C. Strong, L. Istvandity, & Z. Cantillon (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Popular Music History and Heritage. London: Routledge.

Bennett, A. & Waksman, S. (eds.) (2015). The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music. SAGE Publications.

Bennett, A., Taylor, J., & Woodward, I. (eds.) (2014). The Festivalization of Culture. Farnham: Ashgate.

Bennett, A. (2013). Music, style and aging: growing old disgracefully? Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Weston, D. & Bennett, A. (eds.) (2013). Pop pagans: paganism and popular music. London: Equinox.

Baker, S., Bennett, A., & Taylor, J. (eds.) (2013). Redefining mainstream popular music. New York: Routledge.

Bennett, A. & Hodkinson, P. (eds.) (2012). Ageing and youth cultures: music, style and identity. Oxford: Berg.

Bennett, A. (2005). Culture and everyday life. London: Sage.

Bennett, A. & Peterson, R. (2004). Music scenes: local, translocal and virtual. EUA: Vanderbilt University Press.