My current research focus is on the representation of social class by those media which seek to regulate its hierarchical structure. I situate this focus in the wider context of examining how classed subjectivities are formed, embodied and negotiated; and how cultural geography can help us explore specific sites of incubation. This approach helps me make sense of how people affectively inhabit space and place, what entitlements they feel able to lay claim to and how they identify value. Underpinning this interest is a commitment to exposing what Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb have termed, 'the hidden injuries of class'.

 

I also retain an interest in the workings of the creative industries, held up as drivers of progressive social and economic change by successive neoliberal governments intent on superintending them. I am keen to examine critically how workers in these industries negotiate the complex relations between commercial imperatives and creative practice.

 

If you think either of these projects connect to your own, please contact me.

"We know not through our intellect but through our experience."

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

"Your hands are like dogs, going to the same places they've been. You have to be careful when playing is no longer in the mind but in the fingers, going to happy places. You have to break them of their habits or you don't explore; you only play what is confident and pleasing."

Tom Waits