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Centre for Cultural Studies

Professor Scott Lash BSc MA PhD

Position held:
Professor and Research Director

+44 (0)20 7919 7982

s.lash (@gold.ac.uk)

Scott Lash's recent books include Critique of Information (2002), Global Culture Industry (2007) and Intensive Culture (2010). His books have been translated into 15 languages. Lash has directed a series of large-scale research projects on technological media from 1996 to present. He is currently running a project on the Chinese city, in regard to which he has learned Mandarin. This research will be published under the title Local State Capitalism: Urban China.  He is also a Project Leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme.

Grants & awards


'World Cup 2010 - Global Liveness in a Real Time World,' BBC Online Sport, 2010, Value £50,000.

'Social Externalities: China, India, Africa', Network Grant, ESRC Rising Powers Programme, 2010-2011. Value £100,000.

'Metadata in the Age of Ubiquitious Media,' Leverhulme Trust, Project Two in Goldsmiths' Media Research Programme. This project is researching and designing new metadata-rich applications on the internet in China, South Korea and the UK. Value £220,000. (Principal Investigator).

'Risk Cultures in China: An Economic Sociology', ESRC World Economy and Finance Programme, 2006-2009. Value £373,000. (Principal Investigator).

'Broadband: Interactive Media in a Cross-Platform Environment', ESRC, Department of Trade and Industry, EPSRC PACCIT-LINK Programme. August 2003 through July 2006. Value £820,000. (Principal Investigator and ESRC-DTI Project Manager).

'Silicon Alleys: Networks of Virtual Objects', ESRC Virtual Society? Programme, From March 1998 through March 2000. Value £120,000. (Principal Investigator).

European Science Foundation, 'Multimedia Convergence and Labour Relations', Jan. 1997-Jan. 1998. £30,000. (co-investigator).

'The Culture Industries: Biographies of Cultural Products', ESRC (British Economic and Social Research Council)  Research Programme in Media Economics and Culture. Jan. 1996 through Jan. 1999, Value £202,000 (Principal Investigator)

Selected publications


Intensive Culture: Religion and Social Theory in Contemporary Culture, London: Sage (2010).

The Emergent Globalisation, Cambridge: Polity, contracted.

Urban China: Local State Capitalism (co-author) London: Routledge, forthcoming

Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things, Cambridge: Polity (2007), co-author is C. Lury.

Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture (co-ed. with M. Featherstone) London: Sage, 2002.

Critique of Information, London: Sage, 2002. (trans. Contracted in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese)

Another Modernity, A Different Rationality, Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.

Spaces of Culture: City, Nation, World, London: Sage 1999 (co-ed. with M. Featherstone)

Time and Value, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998 (co-ed. with Andrew Quick and Richard Roberts)

Risk, Environment and Modernity, London: Sage (TCS), 1996 (co-ed. with B. Szerszynski and B. Wynne )

De-Traditionalization, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996 (co-ed. with P. Heelas and P. Morris)

Global Modernities, London: TCS/Sage, 1995 (co-ed. with M. Featherstone and R. Robertson)

Reflexive Modernization. Cambridge: Polity Press 1994. (2nd printing 1996) (Co-authors Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens) (trans. German, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, Finnish, Korean, Japanese, Portugese, Italian, Spanish, Chinese)

Economies of Signs and Space, London: TCS/Sage 1994. (co-author is J Urry). (trans. into German (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp) Korean, Spanish, Italian and Portugese. (3rd printing 1999)

Modernity and Identity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1992 (co-edited with Jonathan Friedman) (Korean trans. contracted, July 1994). 2nd printing 1994.

Post-Structuralist and Postmodernist Sociology, Sussex, Edward Elgar, 1991 (edited)

Sociology of Postmodernism, London: Routledge, 1990. (2nd printing 1990, 3rd prtg 1991, 4th prtg. 1994); trans. into Slovenian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Romanian)

Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity, London: Allen and Unwin, 1987 (Co-edited with Sam Whimster).

The End of Organized Capitalism, Cambridge: Polity Books, 1987. (Co-author is John Urry). (2nd printing 1988, 3rd prtg 1991, 4th 1995, 5th 1998)

The Militant Worker, Class and Radicalism in France and America, London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1984.

Articles (since 1998)

In Praise of the A Posteriori, European Journal of Social Theory, Vol 12, no. 1, 2009, pp 175-187

Capitalism and Metaphysics, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol 24, no. 5, 2007, pp. 1-26

Power after Hegemony, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol 24, no. 3, 2007, pp 55-78

China White: Value, Uncertainty and Order in the Chinese Culture Industry, Sciences de la Societe, no. 73, 2008, pp. 17-40 (with J Arnoldi)

'Lebenssoziologie: Georg Simmel in the Information Age', Theory, Culture & Society (f2004)

'Understanding New Media Objects: From Content to Connectivity', in S. Woolgar (ed.) The Virtual Society?. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. (with C. Lury and A. Wittel).

'New Media: From Creativity to Consultancy', Environment and Planning A, vol. 22, Nov. 2002. (with Andreas Wittel).

'From Accumulation to Circulation: Young British Art and the Culture Society', in Arturo Rodriguez Morato, The Culture Society. Barcelona, 2002.. (co-author is John Myles)

'Recognition or Difference', Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 18, no. 6, 2001.

'Technological Forms of Life', Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 18, no.1, 2001.

'Informationkritik', Revista Critique des Ciencias Sociales, vol. 22., no,3.

'Risk Culture', in Barbara Adam, Ulrich Beck and Joost Van Loon (eds.) The Risk Society and Beyond, London: Sage 2000, pp. 47-62. ISBN: 0761964681.

'The Consequences of Reflexivity: Towards a Theory of the Object', in J. Philip (ed.) Reflexivity and Culture (London, Pluto, 1998).

Being after Time', in S. Lash and A. Quick (eds.) Time and Value, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998, pp. 147-161. And in Cultural Values, vol. 2, nos. 2-3, June 1998, 304-318.


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