Dr Christopher Thorpe

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Associate Lecturer (Sociology)

My office hours are Tuesday 13:00 – 15:00.

My office is: Room 349, Third floor, Amory Building

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 - classical and modern
  • Sociology of culture / cultural sociology - from an historical perspective in the area of Anglo-Italian cultural representation and interchange
  • Sociology, social theory and social work
  • Deviance - symbolic/ cultural dimensions

 

My work explores issues and debates situated at the sociology of culture/ cultural sociology interface from a relational theoretical perspective. I am particularly interested in the subjects of cultural representation, appropriation and the autonomy of culture. My work seeks to explore these issues and debates from a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on 'data' from taken from the history of English, and later British, representations of Italy, Italian culture and 'the Italians'.

I am currently writing a monograph for Routledge entitled: British Representations of Italy: A Cultural Historical Analysis. 

 

 

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) ‘(Re)Imagining Social Theoryfor Social Work’ 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.