The Cultural Sociology cluster brings together researchers who share interests in analysing empirically and conceptually how culture is produced, consumed, performed, and contested.
Cultural Sociology at City, University of London has developed in response and reaction to the 'cultural turn' in the humanities and social sciences. Our approach seeks to revitalise classical sociology and combine it with the works of leading scholars who have made major contributions to contemporary social and cultural theory.
Our research interests include the following: the interplay between social inequalities and cultural forms; the role of 'the aesthetic' within social-scientific analysis; the intersection of youth, culture, and multiculture; cultural policy and constructions of cultural value; popular culture and celebrity; the construction of place and space in everyday life; the role of cultural intermediaries; leisure and tourism; critical approaches to cultural work; the global influence of culture and creative industries.
The group includes staff from both the Department of Sociology and the Department of Culture & Creative Industries, and we meet regularly to discuss research findings, research problems and potential research projects.
Our work is internationally recognised for developing challenging - and sometimes controversial - accounts of socio-cultural change. We also work closely with the cultural sector, and previous research has included high-profile collaborations with The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, The BBC, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, and the Runnymede Trust.