I am an Australian sociologist of religion and contemporary culture, currently researching Christianity and “serious” leisure, based in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University, where I am the Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences. I am also the co-editor of the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the journal of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion.
I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Bristol in 2012, for my study of the global Christian punk subculture which was awarded the Hilary Hartley Prize for the best PhD dissertation in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies during that academic year. Between 2013 and 2018 I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the discipline of social and cultural anthropology at the University of Helsinki, and between June 2019 and September 2020 I was Convenor of the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry.
For the last decade I have been studying the role of religion in the nominally secular social spheres of sex, finance, and rock’n’roll. I have edited the book Christian Punk: Identity and Performance, published in 2020 by Bloomsbury. My monograph Evangelical Youth Culture: Alternative Music and Extreme Sports Subcultures was published in 2017 and republished in 2019, also by Bloomsbury. It offers a sociological (and occasionally anthropological) analysis of evangelical engagements with music and sports-based youth cultures, focusing on punk, hip hop, skateboarding, and surfing. My second monograph, Race, Class and Christianity in South Africa: Middle-Class Moralities, was published by Routledge in July 2021.
A full list of my publications is online, with links to the journals and conference proceedings, where available, as well as Google Books previews of the edited volumes I have contributed chapters to. Details of my various conference and seminar presentations over the years are available as well.
I can be contacted at Ibrahim dot Abraham at anu dot edu dot au.