Jim Donaghey


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Jim Donaghey (BA, MA, PhD) is an early career academic with a growing reputation in the academic community for high quality research. Jim has extensive experience of carrying out research into the intersections of music and politics, with an emphasis on participatory action research and creative methodologies. He is recognised as an expert in punk and radical politics and has used this as a springboard to explore issues of cultural repression, post-conflict legacies, contested spaces, and transnational movement organising. Jim is on the board of Punk & Post-Punk journal, is a member of the executive editorial board of Anarchist Studies journal, and web editor of AnarchistStudies.Blog.

Research Interests

Failed States and Creative Resistances: The Everyday Life of Punks in Belfast, Banda Aceh, Mitrovica and Soweto

This project seeks to explore the everyday lives and creative activities of punk communities in Belfast (Northern Ireland), Banda Aceh (Indonesia), Mitrovica (Kosovo/Serbia), and Soweto (South Africa). The everyday life-worlds of these 'punk hinterland' communities offer a set of critical perspectives on their 'failed state' contexts, experienced across a spectrum of neglect/restraint. The punks' own Do-It-Yourself cultural and media production practice grounds a recognition of cultural value beyond, and in opposition to, the narrow economism of entrepreneurial, industry and state discourses - this creativity shapes the resistant subjectivities of punk. The artefacts that are produced through this DIY cultural industry are part of the shared language of 'global punk', and the project's methodologies draw on this by generating inter-contextual dialogue through compilation records produced in each locale (in addition to participant observation and interviews).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • Queer feminism
  • Post-left anarchism
  • Anarcho-syndicalism
  • Veganism
  • Animal Liberation
  • M Music
  • Punk
  • Indonesia
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • France
  • Kosovo
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • JC Political theory
  • Counter culture
  • Grounded theory
  • Antinomy
  • HM Sociology
  • Deeply divided societies
  • Dialogic methodologies
  • Participant Action Research
  • GN Anthropology
  • Ethnography
  • Creative methodologies
  • Militant ethnography
  • G Geography (General)
  • Gentrification
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Democratic pedagogies
  • PC Romance languages
  • French
  • PE English
  • Ulster-Scots


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