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Hi, my name is Ria and I'm in my final year of my Sociology degree at the University of Leeds, UK. 

I’ve been a loyal fan of metal music my whole life and like to spend my time exploring the Northern metal scene. I regularly go to metal festivals in the UK such as Download and Damnation in Leeds. This year I had the opportunity to interview at Damnation festival in Leeds which was a lot of fun. I also have my own metal radio show on Leeds Student Radio where I showcase my love of alternative music and its history!  
 

For my degree, I have chosen to partake in a metal music studies dissertation. You could say I'm a bit too in love with metal!  I am here to advertise my research in the hope of finding participants. My research is concerned with the role of gender and ethnicity on a woman's experience of the metal community/subculture. I'm looking for participants which I can interview over Skype or in person if you're local to Leeds. 

So please, if you’re interested in taking part, drop me a message (my email is at the bottom of this message) and we can talk about it further! I'm happy to answer any questions or have a general chat about metal studies! 
 

Best, 
Ria :) 

[email protected]

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11 minutes ago, darknecessities said:

Hi, no horror movie here... Just a metal fan hoping to shed light on the experiences of females in this community. 

I'm still surprised that people can apparently study "metal culture" as part of their schoolwork now, and usually the questionnaires are a bit of a letdown. Can you share any of what you've got? It would be cool to read some responses from women instead of the usual "gender in metal" sausage party of men talking about what they think women think. 

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3 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I'm still surprised that people can apparently study "metal culture" as part of their schoolwork now, and usually the questionnaires are a bit of a letdown. Can you share any of what you've got? It would be cool to read some responses from women instead of the usual "gender in metal" sausage party of men talking about what they think women think. 

My personal favorites are "you only go to concerts because you probably think XYZ is hot and you're trying to hook up with him after the show" and (less offensive but still annoying) "I bet you got into this music because your boyfriend/husband/brother/father/other male relative is a fan". For the record, any time I've played Gorgoroth whenever male relatives/acquaintances have been around they looked genuinely shocked and scared lol. I got into metal all by myself, thanks very much. And the only reason I attend shows is to act a fool in front of the stage headbanging and going ape shit, not to be some groupie (that one's just always uncalled for). 

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4 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I'm still surprised that people can apparently study "metal culture" as part of their schoolwork now

At this point essentially any cultural product is considered appropriate for research.  There are ways in which this is really great, but too many "research projects" are carried out simply for the sake of furthering a political agenda.

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Ah sociology. Thousands of dollars/pounds spent on surveying people's reasons for being into metal or 'insert your interest here'. 

All a useful contribution to the sum total of human understanding, no doubt, but wow what an open book universities are these days. You pays your money and you takes your choice, or whatever that saying is...

Good luck on it though. Pardon my teasing. :)

 

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Hi all, 

Was surprised to see this negative attention for my research but is expected when posting anything online. 

Research into gender and ethnicity proves very crucial in today's climate. By understanding what groups go through we can work to make a more stable and understanding society for all members involved. Just because you think this topic is silly or fun does not mean this research may not help others who are not in your position as subcultures can often been seen as a microcosm for wider society.

Metal music is a passion of mine so naturally I want to hear the voices of those who may be marginalised (or not) in this subculture as a non-white, female fan of metal myself. I wouldn't call this something as extreme as "playing into my own agenda" but see it how you wish. 

Finally, I am not being funded for this. It is through my own volition. It is a part of my degree along with more "school-friendly" modules. 

If you wish to read my dissertation when it is finished, I will come back here and post it when all is finalised. 

Thanks for your well wishes.

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I think what is missing, and I get it that your not funded, is the element of payola. When anthropologists go looking to study the ways of a culture they often bring stuff like hard candy and machetes. Maybe if you were offering patches and black floss you'd get a better reaction.

Really though, I think the problem is that you are studying yourself. When digesting the reaction to your request check out the post counts on those responding. There is a steady stream of students coming through here looking to do school projects, and they have never, as far as I know, contributed an iota to the forum. Please do deliver your dissertation when it is finished, that would really set you apart.

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On 12/4/2019 at 7:14 PM, darknecessities said:

Hi, my name is Ria and I'm in my final year of my Sociology degree at the University of Leeds, UK. 

… I also have my own metal radio show on Leeds Student Radio where I showcase my love of alternative music and it’s history!  

Best, 
Ria :) 

[email protected]

… alternative music and its history.  An apostrophe is not required here.  It's should only ever be used in the English language as an abbreviation for either it is or it has.

Good luck with your studies, Ria, and I do mean that.

 

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2 hours ago, GorboGorboze said:

There is a steady stream of students coming through here looking to do school projects, and they have never, as far as I know, contributed an iota to the forum.

In fact, direct participation might help one learn more than simply sharing a survey!

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Hi all, 

All interviews were carried out with global participants from all over the world via Skype. It was not limited to students and I did not interview anyone who was at my level of education. I was not studying myself in that sense. 

Also thank you for correcting my grammar. It was a typo as I'm well aware of the use of apostrophes. It's usually me who's correcting grammar so this was a refreshing moment! 

Thanks for your well wishes. I'm not used to these forums but I've been told people tend to speak their mind like they're the experts (who have been researching social research methodology and existing literature for some years...) and I can now vouch for that. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, darknecessities said:

Hi all, 

All interviews were carried out with global participants from all over the world via Skype. It was not limited to students and I did not interview anyone who was at my level of education. I was not studying myself in that sense. 

Also thank you for correcting my grammar. It was a typo as I'm well aware of the use of apostrophes. It's usually me who's correcting grammar so this was a refreshing moment! 

Thanks for your well wishes. I'm not used to these forums but I've been told people tend to speak their mind like they're the experts (who have been researching social research methodology and existing literature for some years...) and I can now vouch for that. 

 

 

Thanks, don't forget to please send a link to your project when it's completed.

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