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Centre for Cultural Studies

Professor Scott Lash BSc MA PhD

Position held:
Research Director

+44 (0)20 7919 7982

s.lash (@gold.ac.uk)

Scott Lash's recent books include China Constructing Capitalism (2014),  Intensive Culture (2010), Global Culture Industry (2007), Critique of Information (2002). His books have been translated into 15 languages. Lash has directed a series of large-scale research projects on technological media, and on the Chinese city. He speaks Mandarin.

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


China Constructing Capitalism: Economic Life and Urban Change, London: Routledge (2014), co-authors are Michael Keith, Jakob Arnoldi and Tyler Rooker.

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

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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