LSA 2018 Keynote Profiles: Ben Carrington

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Ben Carrington, School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, United States of America

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Prior to joining Annenberg, I taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin from 2004 until 2017 and before that I worked at the University of Brighton in England. I study a broad range of topics generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary post/colonial societies. More specifically, I am interested in how ideologies of race shape — and are themselves shaped by — cultural forms, practices and identities and how popular culture is often a key site of both cultural resistance and domination. My work examines the mass media and sport as way to understand key sociological dimensions of everyday life such as personal and communal identity and national identifications as well as focusing on how racialized, gendered and classed social structures constrain and enable social life. I am currently working on a number of projects, including an examination of the contribution of Stuart Hall to sociological theory as well as a methodological and political argument for the importance of “slow ethnography.” I teach various undergraduate and graduate classes such as “The Politics of Sports” and “Race, Celebrity and Sports.” I also teach courses on cultural sociology and post/colonial theory and supervises both masters and doctoral students. I currently serve on a wide range of editorial boards spanning sociology, cultural studies and sports studies and am also a Carnegie Senior Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University in England.

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