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Professor Christopher Partridge


Christopher Partridge


Tel: +44 1524 592420

Research overview

My work focuses on the social and cultural significance of alternative spiritualities, belief in the paranormal, and countercultural discourses. In recent years, I have sought to articulate a theory of ‘occulture’ in order to explain the persistence of such ideas in the modern Western world and the influence of popular culture in the shaping of those ideas. I am particularly interested in the importance of popular music in this respect. I co-edit the series Studies in Popular Music (Equinox) and Studies in Religion and Popular Music (Bloomsbury).

Research Interests

(1) Countercultures and alternative spiritual discourses.

(2) Occult and paranormal cultures.

(3) Popular music, culture and society.

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