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My work is concentrated in the ethnographic and interactionist sociologies and social and cultural theory. I teach courses on theory, social interaction, visual representation and the sociology of embodiment and have published books and articles in these areas. The ideas of the great Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman (1922-82) are a particular enthusiasm of mine – I’ve produced three books about his sociology and am now working on an intellectual biography of Goffman with Yves Winkin (CNAM-Paris). My current research includes a British Academy-funded project on restorative justice (with Chris Birkbeck).
My most recent books are Sociologies of Interaction (Polity, 2013; with Alex Dennis and Rob Philburn) and the third edition of Introducing Cultural Studies (with Brian Longhurst, Gaynor Bagnall, Garry Crawford, and Miles Ogborn). I would particularly welcome PhD applications from students interested in either (1) exploring the relevance of the interactionist sociologies (symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, CA, Goffman) for understanding any area of communication conduct in contemporary society, or (2) using the methods of visual sociology to examine aspects of urban culture.
The 6th annual conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction attracted nearly 60 participants from 12 countries.
With Lisa Morriss.
With Alex Dennis.
With Karen Staniland.
External examiner for Masters programmes in Sociology and ESRC DTC research training modules.
External Examiner, MA Sociology and MA Sociological Research, Lancaster University, 2006/2007-2010/2011.
Participated in Laurie Taylor's special programme on the ideas of Erving Goffman.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039cy07