Biography

Mark Rimmer joined UEA in 2009. He gained a BA(Hons) at the University of Sheffield and PGDip at Sheffield Hallam University, before moving to Newcastle University, where he completed his PhD in 2006. In 2008 he was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, leading to periods of study and teaching at the University of Leeds and University of Amsterdam.

Mark’s research is broadly concerned with questions of musical taste, practice and education, class and cultural distinction, cultural policy, community arts and creative work. Much of his research activity adopts qualitative and ethnographic methods. Since 2011, Mark has undertaken research projects on creative work within community arts and issues of sustainability in community arts organisations. He is currently leading two AHRC-funded research projects: a research network exploring community music activity in the UK and a comparative project exploring question of cultural value in relation to three ‘In Harmony-Sistema England’ initiatives.

Academic Background

B.A. French & Philosophy, University of Sheffield (1997)

PG Dip. Social Science Research Methods, Hallam University (2002)

 

All Publications

Rimmer, M.

(2017)

Music, middle childhood and agency: The value of an interactional-relational approach,

in Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research

24

(4)

pp. 559-573

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, B., Rimmer, M.

(2017)

Pure and Simple: Music as a Personal and Comedic Resource in Car Share,

in Music in Comedy Television : Notes on Laughs.

Routledge

ISBN 978-1138193581, 9781138193567

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2015)

‘Doing what needs to be done’: Understandings of UK-based Community Music – reflections and implications,

in International Journal of Community Music

8

(2)

pp. 179-195

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rimmer, M., Street, J., Phillips, T.

(2014)

Understanding the Cultural Value of 'In Harmony-Sistema England',

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Rimmer, M., Higham, B., Brown, T.

(2014)

Whatever Happened to Community Music?: AHRC Research Network Project Report,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2013)

Can you hear me now? Musical values, education and 'voice',

in Media International Australia

(148)

pp. 135-144

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rimmer, M., Phillips, T.

(2013)

Community Arts: Sustainability in Austerity,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2012)

The participation and decision making of ‘at risk’ youth in community music projects: an exploration of three case studies,

in Journal of Youth Studies

15

(3)

pp. 329-350

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2011)

Beyond Omnivores and Univores: The Promise of a Concept of Musical Habitus,

in Cultural Sociology

pp. 299-318

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2010)

Harte Musik und weiche Jungs, Kulturaustausch: Großbritannien,

in EPRINTS-JOURNAL

1

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2010)

Listening to the monkey: class and youth in the formation of a musical habitus,

in Ethnography

11

(2)

pp. 255-283

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rimmer, M.

(2009)

Instrumental' playing? Cultural policy and young people's community music participation,

in International Journal of Cultural Policy

15(1)

pp. 71-90

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Mark’s research is broadly concerned with questions of musical taste, practice and education, class and cultural distinction, cultural policy, community arts and creative work. Much of his research activity adopts qualitative and ethnographic methods. Since 2011, Mark has undertaken research projects on creative work within community arts and issues of sustainability in community arts organisations. He is currently leading two AHRC-funded research projects: a research network exploring community music activity in the UK and a comparative project exploring question of cultural value in relation to three ‘In Harmony-Sistema England’ initiatives. 

Grants:

SchemeAmountDates
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship£75,501Feb 2008 - April 2009
AHRC Cultural Engagement£17,000Feb 2013 - May 2013
AHRC Research Network£24,022May 2013 - March 2014
AHRC Cultural Value Project£39,060Sept 2013 - May 2014

Research supervision

Mark is interested in supervising research students in all areas of media and cultural consumption and audience studies (especially music-related projects); cultural sociology; cultural industries.

 

 

Teaching Interests

At UEA Mark has devised and convened modules including: Popular Music ; Music, Media, Society; Media Industries; Media Regulation; Media Practices in Context; Effects, Audiences and The Media; Reception and Audience Studies in Film and Television; Creative Work in the Media Industries and Film Television and New Media. He also teaches on Media Culture and Society and convenes dissertation modules in the School of Film, Television and Media.

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

Article Reviews

  • Cultural Sociology; Popular Music; Popular Music and Society; Journal of Sociology;
    International Journal of Cultural Policy; Poetics; Sociological Perspectives;
    International Journal of Community Music

Book Reviews

  • SAGE Media and Cultural Studies series