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Dr Andrew Branch

Senior Lecturer

    I research and teach in the School of Arts and Digital Industries and am a member of the Centre for East London Studies. I am also co-founder of Club Critical Theory, a free-entry space for exploring how cultural studies, philosophy, sociology and other related disciplines can inform our understanding of contemporary political challenges.


    My primary research interests are the politics of popular culture and the formation of classed identities and how these are often racialized in media discourses. My concern with the inequalities of class is linked to an interest in how such inequalities are rendered visible in the field of popular culture and the media institutions that seek to regulate it. I am particularly absorbed by the anxieties and dilemmas that confront those subjects who negotiate the transition from one class to another.

    Here are some recent conference papers:

    April 2014, Habit, place and value: utilizing Bourdieusian theory at Club Critical Theory, Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea.

    May 2013, In it to win it: modern masculinities, competitiveness and the dialectics of class and gender at Future Sex: Gender in Neoliberalism and Beyond Seminar, Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London.

    September 2011, Striving for capital in the suburban wasteland: why social class is still relevant to the construction of youth scenes in Britain at The Inaugural Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, London Metropolitan University.

    June 2011, 'I'm a man': the interrelation between social class and softer masculinities in the work of Jarvis Cocker at Softer Masculinities Symposium, Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London.

    July 2010, Working-class youth and social mobility: the case of glam rock at Youth 2010: Identities, Transitions, Cultures (BSA), University of Surrey.

    July 2010, “Likely lads” and “ear’oles”: working-class youth and popular culture at MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference, University of Glasgow.


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    "It's where you come from that makes you who you are": suburban youth and social class    

    Branch, A. 2014. The Subcultures Network (ed.) Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, Cambridge Scholars.

    'Stop flexing your roots, man': Reconversion strategies, consecrated heretics and the violence of UK first-wave punk    

    Branch, A. 2014. Punk and Post Punk, Intellect . 21-39.

    All the young dudes: educational capital, masculinity and the uses of popular music     

    Branch, A. 2012. Popular Music, Cambridge University Press. 25-44.


    UEL Impact Project Grant (2.5k). Awarded 2016.

    Leverhulme Trust: Class, Place, Value: The Spatialization of Entitlement (140k). Application pending 2013.

    UEL Early Career Researcher Accelerator Grant (6.5k). Awarded 2013.




    In addition to supervising dissertation students and teaching postgraduates, I've led and contributed to a number of university modules, which broadly match my research interests:

    Exploring working class culture
    Identity, difference and 'race'
    Knowledge, truth, power
    Media, culture and identity
    Media meanings
    Race and representation
    Rise of the mass media
    Sexual cultures
    Understanding communication
    Understanding production and consumption
    Youth cultures

    I currently lead the following modules:

    MS4100 - Communication and Media Practice

    MS4102 - The Mediated Self

    MS6105 - Youth Cultures
    Media and Communication
    Esteem indicators: Referee for Popular Music Journal, Cambridge University Press