Monthly Archives: September 2012

Benjamin Fraser on Urban Cultural Studies

Over at Urban Cultural Studies there is a post linking to a video of Benjamin Fraser talking about the move ‘towards urban cultural studies‘. Ben is also the editor of the new Journal of Urban Cultural Studies which I’ve mentioned … Continue reading


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A new book on Evil Media

This new book on Evil Media by Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey has been published by MIT press. It sound like it works at the intersection between computer science, software studies and the social sciences. Here’s a bit of the … Continue reading

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A book on The Wire

It’s interesting that the TV show The Wire is still proving to be such a rich source if social commentary and analysis. I just came across this post about a new book on The Wire: Race, Class and Genre. A … Continue reading

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60 years of the New Musical Express

Apparently it’s 60 years since the launch of the New Musical Express, or the NME as it is more commonly known. They’ve done well to last this long with the changes to music culture and publishing. I’m not sure how … Continue reading

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Revise and resubmit

There is response at Progressive Geographies to an earlier post at the APPS site about the ‘revise & resubmit’ category used in making decisions about whether to publish articles. It’s interesting to see the different perspectives on what this decision … Continue reading

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A film about sociology at York

Over the summer I’ve been working with a local film company to make a film about the sociology department here at York. The film is now on YouTube, here’s a link.

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A new book on Max Weber and Contemporary capitalism

My colleague Nick Gane has just had his new book Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism published by Palgrave McMillan. I read the first two chapters yesterday and the were brilliant. I’m going to work through the rest. It really takes … Continue reading

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People in the music business are still making money…One Direction and contemporary capitalism

There is an interesting story doing the rounds today that the boy band One Direction, who came third a couple of years ago on the UK version of the X Factor TV show, have made £100 million between them in … Continue reading

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A bit more reading about writing

Following my earlier post about my tendency to read about people’s writing practices, I came across this post by Sean Sturm on being a productive writer (the post links to a full essay on the topic). Again, as I mentioned … Continue reading

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Imagining the technological future

There’s another nice piece of writing on culture in Berfrois. This piece, by Kevin Kelly, is a work of futurism that attempts to imagine the increasingly technologized future. He provides a series of suggested possibilities. There are some interesting ideas … Continue reading

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