Dr Christopher Thorpe

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Associate Lecturer (Sociology)

My office hours are Tuesday 11:00 – 13:00.

I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA and PhD in Sociology in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Before completing my PhD, I secured a fulltime lectureship in Sociology at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (2007).

My areas of interest specifically are:

  • Social and cultural theory
  • Sociology of culture and cultural sociology, specfically in the area of the historical analysis of Anglo-Italian cultural interchange
  • Social theory and social work
  • Civic Sociology

During my time as an undergraduate and postgraduate student I lived and worked in Northern Italy for a number of years, spending time between Lake Garda and Verona. I am fluent in Italian and undertake occasional translation work for Italian broadsheet newspapers and Sunday magazine articles. My interest in Italian culture and the Italians more generally formed the basis for my PhD thesis, which was an historical sociology of discursive representations of Italy and the Italians in England from 1450 to the present day. I am currently developing a proposal for a monograph that develops a structural hermeneutics of cultural interchange and dialogue in the area of Anglo-Italian relations.

 

 

Books

(2017) Social Theory for Social Work: Ideas and Applications. Routledge. ISBN: 0415826403

 

Books – co-authored

(2018) Heads Up Sociology. London: Dorling Kindersley.

(2012) An Invitation to Social Theory, Cambridge: Polity. With David Inglis. ISBN: 074564208X (hbk) 0745642098 (pbk)

 

Books – editor of books – multi volume works

(2007) Food and Society: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, 4 vols., London: Routledge. With David Inglis and Debra Gimlin (eds.) ISBN: 0415392039

 

Book chapters

(forthcoming) ‘Social Work and Social Theory: How and Why to Take Forward an Ailing Relationship’ in Webb, S. (ed) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work. Oxford: Routledge.

(2015) 'Culture and Identity' in The Sociology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained. London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN-10: 1465436502 (hbk.)

(2015) 'Living in A Global World' in The Sociology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained. London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN-10: 1465436502 (hbk.)

(2015) 'Foundations of Sociology' in The Sociology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained. London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN-10: 1465436502 (hbk.)

(2015) 'Work and Consumerism' in The Sociology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained. London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN-10: 1465436502 (hbk.)

(2014) ‘Critical Strategies for Implementing a Relational Sociological Paradigm: Elias, Bourdieu and Uncivilized Sociological Theoretical Struggles’, in C. Powell and F. Deplteau (eds.) Conceptualizing Relational Sociology: Ontological and Theoretical Issues, Vol. 1, Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 1137379901 (hbk.) ISBN: 1137379901 (pbk.)

(2013) ‘The Poetics of Travel in Byron and Shelley: Translating Italian Experience into Artistic Distinction’, in Yarrington, A and Villani, S. (eds.) Travels and Translations: Anglo-Italian Cultural Transactions. Rodopi B.V. ISBN: 9042037679 (pbk)

(2010) ‘Sociology for Social Work: An Overview’, in C.Yuill and A. Gibson (eds.) Sociology For Social Work, London: Sage. ISBN: 1848606508 (hbk). ISBN: 1848606516 (pbk).

(2010) ‘Crime and Society’, in C.Yuill and A. Gibson (eds.) Sociology for Social Work. London: Sage. ISBN: 1848606508 (hbk). ISBN: 1848606516 (pbk).

 

Refereed journal articles

(2017, Dec.) ‘Notes on Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause and Isaac Ariail Reed' Social Theory Now - Social Theoretical Dialogue and Development in America from a British Perspective.’, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory.

(2011) ‘The Dual-Edged Sword of Sociological Theory: Critically Thinking Sociological Theoretical Practice’, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, August, Vol., 12 (2), pp. 215 – 228. DOI:10.1080/1600910X.2011.555704

(2009) ‘Beyond ‘La Dolce Vita’: Bourdieu, Market Heteronomy and Cultural Homogeneity’, Cultural Sociology, Vol. 3, (1), Mar., pp. 123 – 146. DOI: 10.1177/1749975508100674. ISSN: 1749-9763.

(2008) ‘Imagining Italy and the Italians in the 'Age of Machinery': Spectres of Industrial Modernity in the Italianate Visions of John Ruskin and D.H. Lawrence’, Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, Vol. 9.

(2008) ‘The Distinguishing Function of Europe: attitudes towards and perceptions of Europe and the European Union among young Scottish adults’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society Vol. 9 (4), Dec., pp.499-513. DOI: 10.1080/15705850802416945. ISSN: 1570-5854.

 

Encyclopaedia entries

(2017) ‘Leo Strauss’, The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell Books.

(2017) ‘Vilfredo Pareto’, The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell Books.

(2017) 'Jean-Paul Sartre', The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell Books.