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Dr Christopher Thorpe

Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

Amory 349

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.

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

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.

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 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 the British Italian Society as well as various Universities in Italy too.