Here you can find a listing of published work by RPMS members, including collaborations with others from outside the research group.

Key publications

Berkers, P., & Schaap, J. (2018). Gender inequality in metal music production. Emerald Group Publishing.

Kolbe, K. (2022). Producing (musical) difference: Power, practices and inequalities in diversity initiatives in Germany’s classical music sector. Cultural Sociology, 16(2), 231–249.

Schaap, J., Berghman, M., & Calkins, T. (2022). Attractive people make better music? How gender and perceived attractiveness affect the evaluation of Electronic Dance Music artists. Empirical Studies of the Arts (online first), 1-20.

Koren, T. (2022). The work that genre does: How music genre mediates gender inequalities in the informal work cultures of Amsterdam's nightclubs. Poetics.



Swartjes, B., & Berkers, P. (2022). Designing conviviality? How music festival organizers produce spaces of encounter in an urban context. Leisure Sciences, 1-18.

Daenekindt, S., & Schaap, J. (2022). Using word embedding models to capture changing media discourses: a study on the role of legitimacy, gender and genre in 24,000 music reviews, 1999–2021. Journal of Computational Social Science (online first), 1-22.

Swartjes, B., & Berkers, P. (2022). How music festival organisers in Rotterdam deal with diversity. Festivals and the City, 95.

Schaap, J., Van der Waal, J., & De Koster, W. (2022). Black rap, white rock: non‐declarative culture and the racialization of cultural categories. Sociological Inquiry, 92(4), 1281-1305.

Kolbe, K. (2021). Playing the system: ‘Race’-making and elitism in diversity projects in Germany's classical music sector. Poetics.

Schaap, J., & Berkers, P. (2020). “Maybe it’s… skin colour?” How race-ethnicity and gender function in consumers’ formation of classification styles of cultural content. Consumption Markets & Culture, 23(6), 599-615.

Schaap, J., & Berkers, P. (2020). “You’re not supposed to be into rock music”: Authenticity maneuvering in a white configuration. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 6(3), 416-430.

Schaap, J. (2019). ‘Are you at the correct concert?’: The mental weighing of gender and race-ethnicity in rock music reception. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 22(1), 49-65.

Berkers, P., Smeulders, E., & Berghman, M. (2019). Music creators and gender inequality in the Dutch music sector. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 22(1), 27-44.

Berkers, P., & Schaap, J. (2015). YouTube as a virtual springboard: Circumventing gender dynamics in offline and online metal music careers. Metal Music Studies, 1(3), 303-318.

Berkers, P., & Eeckelaer, M. (2014). Rock and roll or rock and fall? Gendered framing of the rock and roll lifestyles of Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty in British broadsheets. Journal of Gender Studies, 23(1), 3-17.

Schaap, J., & Berkers, P. (2013). Grunting alone? Online gender inequality in extreme metal music. IASPM Journal, 4(1), 101-116.

Berkers, P. (2012). Rock against gender roles: Performing femininities and doing feminism among women punk performers in the Netherlands, 1976-1982. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 24(2), 155-175.

Berkers, P. (2012). Gendered scrobbling: Listening behaviour of young adults on Last. fm. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 2(3), 279-296.

Key publications

Everts, R., Berkers, P., & Hitters, E. (2022). Milestones in music: Reputations in the career building of musicians in the changing Dutch music industry. Poetics.

Everts, R., Hitters, E., & Berkers, P. (2022). The working life of musicians: mapping the work activities and values of early-career pop musicians in the Dutch music industry. Creative Industries Journal, 15(1), 97-117.

Hitters, E., & Mulder, M. (2020). Live music ecologies and festivalisation: the role of urban live music policies. International Journal of Music Business Research (online), 9(2), 38-57.




Goossens, D. (2022). Reclaiming Aotearoa: Stories of experimentation, education, and reflection in Aotearoa Indigenous metal music. Defiant Sounds: Heavy Metal Music in the Global South. Lexington Books.

Everts, R., & Haynes, J. (2021). Taking care of business: The routines and rationales of early-career musicians in the Dutch and British music industries. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 24(5), 731-748.

Nagy-Sándor, Z., & Berkers, P. (2018). Culture, heritage, art: navigating authenticities in contemporary Hungarian folk singing. Cultural Sociology, 12(3), 400-417.

Mogoș, P., & Berkers, P. (2018). Navigating the margins between consent and dissent: Mechanisms of creative control and rock music in late socialist Romania. East European Politics and Societies, 32(1), 56-77.

Van Poecke, N. (2018). Pure taste in popular music: The social construction of indie-folk as a performance of “poly-purism”. American Journal of Cultural Sociology, 6(3), 499-531.

Berkers, P., & Schaap, J. (2017). From thrash to cash: Forging and legitimizing Dutch metal. In Made in the low countries (pp. 61-72). Routledge.

Key publications

Van Eijck, K. (2001). Social differentiation in musical taste patterns. Social Forces, 79(3), 1163-1185.

Berkers, P., Verboord, M., & Weij, F. (2016). “These Critics (Still) Don’t Write Enough about Women Artists” Gender Inequality in the Newspaper Coverage of Arts and Culture in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, 1955-2005. Gender & Society, 30(3), 515-539.

Vandenberg, F., Berghman, M., & van Eijck, K. (2021). ‘Wear clogs and just act normal’: Defining collectivity in Dutch domestic music concerts. Cultural Sociology, 15(2), 233-251.

Van Poecke, N. (2018). “What might have been lost”: The formation of narrative identity among the Dutch indie-folk audience. Popular Music and Society, 41(4), 440-461.



Weij, F., & Berkers, P. (2019). The politics of musical activism: Western YouTube reception of Pussy Riot’s punk performances. Convergence, 25(2), 287-306.

Van Poecke, N., & Michael, J. (2016). Bringing the banjo back to life: The field of Dutch independent folk music as participatory culture. First Monday, 21(3).

Weij, F., Berkers, P., & Engelbert, J. (2015). Western solidarity with Pussy Riot and the Twittering of cosmopolitan selves. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39(5), 489-494.

Schaap, J. (2015). Just like Hendrix: Whiteness and the online critical and consumer reception of rock music in the United States, 2003–2013. Popular Communication, 13(4), 272-287.

Berkers, P. (2012). Gendered scrobbling: Listening behaviour of young adults on Last. fm. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 2(3), 279-296.

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