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Dr Christopher Thorpe

Lecturer (Sociology)

Amory 349

Office hours: By appointment (E-mail)

Office: Amory Building, Third Floor, Room 349

 

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 expert interest are:

  • Social and cultural theoryclassical and modern
  • Sociology of culture/ cultural sociologyfrom an historical perspective in the area of English and later British cultural representations of Italy, Italian culture and the Italians
  • Deviance – symbolic and cultural dimensions
  •  Social work, social theory and sociology

 

My work explores issues and debates situated at the historical sociology of culture/ cultural sociology interface from a relational theoretical perspective. I am particularly interested in the subjects of cultural change, representation, appropriation and autonomy of culture. My work explores these issues and debates from a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on historical forms of 'data' spanning English literature, social and cultural history, sociology and various other disciplines as they relate to the subject of discursive representations of Italy, Italian culture and the Italians in England and later Britain.

I am currently writing a monograph for Routledge entitled: British Representations of Italy: A Cultural Historical Sociological 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 / 2018) An Invitation to Social Theory (2nd edition), 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

(2019) ‘(Re-)Imagining Social Theory for 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

(2019) with David Inglis 'Do 'Global Generations' Exist? From Mannheim to Beck and Beyond', Youth and Globalization

(2019) 'Reconsidering Cultural Representation with Field Theory: Continuity and Change in the Discursive Construction of Italy and the Italians from 1680 to 1830', Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change, 4(1): xx

(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, Vol. 18(3): 350 - 357.

(2011) ‘The Dual-Edged Sword of Sociological Theory: Critically Thinking Sociological Theoretical Practice’, Distinktion: 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.

 

Book Reviews

(2019) 'Manet: A Symbolic Revolution and Classification Struggles: General Sociology, Volume 1 Lectures at the College de France' in Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change, 2019, 4(1): xx

 

Research interests

Review work

I was Associate Editor for the journal Cultural Sociology (Sage) from 2009 – 2013.

I have undertaken work as a reviewer for Cultural Sociology, Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, Journal of Common Market Studies, American Sociological Review, Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change

I served as an External Adviser for London Metropolitan University (2018)

I have reviewed chapters for Giddens' Sociology (7th and 8th editions) and Contemporary Sociology (Polity Press).

I was an academic consultant for Dorling Kinderlsey Publication on an introductory sociology/ social theory text entitled The Sociology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained – Jul. 2014 to Feb. 2015.

Research supervision

I have acted as LEAD SUPERVISOR and SECOND SUPERVISOR on a range of doctoral theses through to COMPLETION.

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in sociology in a range of areas which include:

CULTURE +...representation, 'Other' and 'otherness', appropriation, identity, class, reproduction, creativity, production, change, boundaries, nationalism, history, taste, consumerism, globalization, theory, deviance, criminology

Social and Cultural theory

I have particular expertise in thetheoretical work of relational theorists, Pierre Bourdieu & Norbert Elias

Historical Cultural Sociology/ Sociology of Culture

Particularly as applied to the discursive representations of Italy, Italian culture, Anglo-Italian relations, England, Britain

Social work, social theory and sociology

In particular the use, appropriation and application of sociological and social theoretical ways of seeing and modes of reasoning across a wide range of areas of social work theory and practice

 

 

 

Research students

 

 

Other information

Books 

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

Books – co-authored

(2017) Heads Up Sociology. 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 

(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 

(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 

(2016) ‘Leo Strauss’, The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell Books.

(2016) ‘Vilfredo Pareto’, The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell Books.
(2016) 'Jean-Paul Sartre', The Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell Books. 

External impact and engagement

I am Book Review Editor for the Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change (Lectito)

I am Exeternal Examiner for London Metropolitan University (2018 - present)

I am currently in dialogue with the Italian Embassy in order as part of an ongoing initiative to maintain and develop cultural outreach

 

Biography

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 comprised an historical cultural sociology of discursive representations of Italy and the Italians in England from 1450 to the present day. I have lectured on the subject of Anglo-Italian cultural relations to various Universities in Britain and Italy and the British Italian Society.

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