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Professor Mike Featherstone

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PositionProfessor in Sociology
Email m.featherstone (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7729
Professor Mike Featherstone

Mike Featherstone (BA, MA Durham, PhD State University of Utrecht) is Professor of Sociology in ICCE.  He joined Goldsmiths Sociology Department in January 2013 and moved to ICCE in January 2016. He was previously Research Professor of Sociology and Communications and Director of the Theory, Culture & Society Centre at Nottingham Trent University. 

He has spent time as a visiting professor in Barcelona, Geneva, Kyoto, Recife, São Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver. He currently spends part of the year working with colleagues at the University of Tokyo and Tokyo University of the Arts on a project on the Olympics.

Featured work

He is founding editor of the journals Theory, Culture & Society (1982-) and Body & Society (1995-). He is editor of the Theory, Culture & Society Book Series (1990-). 

Author of Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (1991, second edition 2007) and Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity (1995).  Co-author of Surviving Middle Age (1982).  Editor of Postmodernism (1988), Global Culture (1990), Georg Simmel (1991) Cultural Theory and Cultural Change (1992), Love and Eroticism (1999), Body Modification (2000).  Co-editor of The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory (1991), Global Modernities (1995), Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/ Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment (1995), Images of Ageing (1995), Simmel on Culture (1997), Spaces of Culture (1999), Recognition and Difference (2002), Automobilities (2005), Problematizing Global Knowledge (2006) and Digital Studies 3 Volumes (2015, in Japanese).

Author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on social and cultural theory, consumer and global culture, ageing and the body.  His books and articles have been translated into sixteen languages.  The Consumer Culture and Postmodernism book has been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish.   Undoing Culture has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and Portuguese.  Other books and articles have been translated into Croatian, French, German, Hungarian and Ukrainian.

Professional activities

Mike has helped to organize a series of international conferences in Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.  He has also helped to develop several international networks and has given numerous keynote presentations in various parts of the world.

He has been a member of:  the executive board of the US based Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (2000-05); the Economic and Social Research Council’s assessment panels for: the transnational societies programme (1997-8) and cultures of consumption programme (2002).  In addition, he was a member of the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise Sociology panels in 1995-6 and 2001.

Research Interests

Mike has supervised a wide range of thesis in sociology, cultural studies, social and cultural theory, communications and media studies.

His current research interests include: consumer culture, social and cultural theory, the body, global culture and knowledge formation, ageing and the life course, automobilities, aestheticization processes, digital culture.

Publications

Edited Book

Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture
Lash, Scott and Featherstone, Mike, eds. 2002. Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-0761949879

Spaces of Culture: City, Nation, World
Lash, Scott and Featherstone, Mike, eds. 2000. Spaces of Culture: City, Nation, World. London: Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0761961222

Global Modernities
Lash, Scott; Featherstone, Mike and Robertson, Roland, eds. 1995. Global Modernities. London: TCS/Sage. ISBN 978-0803979482

Book Section

The Object and Art of Luxury Consumption
Featherstone, Mike. 2016. The Object and Art of Luxury Consumption. In: John Armitage and Joanne Roberts, eds. Critical Luxury Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 108-127. ISBN 978-1-4744-0261 3

Mass Culture
Featherstone, Mike. 2014. Mass Culture. In: M. Sasaki; J. Goldstone; E. Zimmermann and S. Sanderson, eds. Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology. LEIDEN: BRILL PUBLISHERS, pp. 252-261. ISBN 978-90-04-20624-3

Super-rich Lifestyles
Featherstone, Mike. 2013. Super-rich Lifestyles. In: Thomas Birtchnell and Javier Caletrío, eds. Elite Mobilities. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 99-135. ISBN 978-0-415-65580-4

The Rich and the Super-Rich: Mobility, Consumption and Luxury Lifestyles
Featherstone, Mike. 2013. The Rich and the Super-Rich: Mobility, Consumption and Luxury Lifestyles. In: Nita Mathur, ed. Consumer Culture, Modernity and Identity. New Delhi: SAGE Publications, pp. 3-44. ISBN 978-81-321-1127-6

Article

Luxury, Consumer Culture and Sumptuary Dynamics
Featherstone, Mike. 2016. Luxury, Consumer Culture and Sumptuary Dynamics. Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption, 1(1), pp. 47-69. ISSN 2051-1817

Preliminary Reflections on the Visible, the Invisible and Social Regulation: Panopticism, Biopolitics, Neoliberalism and Data Consumption
Featherstone, Mike. 2013. Preliminary Reflections on the Visible, the Invisible and Social Regulation: Panopticism, Biopolitics, Neoliberalism and Data Consumption. Journal of Critical Studies in Business and Society, 4(1), pp. 6-37.

Societal Value Formation and the Value of Life
Featherstone, Mike. 2011. Societal Value Formation and the Value of Life. Current Sociology, 59(2), pp. 119-134. ISSN 0011-3921

Body, Image and Affect in Consumer Culture
Featherstone, Mike. 2010. Body, Image and Affect in Consumer Culture. Body & Society, 16(1), pp. 193-221. ISSN 1357-034X

Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture
Lash, Scott and Featherstone, Mike. 2001. Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture. Theory, Culture and Society, 18(2-3), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0263-2764

Conference or Workshop Item

The Cultural Politics of Ryukyu Cuisine: China and Satsuma Influences in the Development of Food Culture
Tamari, Tomoko and Featherstone, Mike. 2011. 'The Cultural Politics of Ryukyu Cuisine: China and Satsuma Influences in the Development of Food Culture'. In: The Proceedings of The 12th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture. Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China.

Chinese Food in Britain: Consumer Culture and Taste
Tamari, Tomoko and Featherstone, Mike. 2006. 'Chinese Food in Britain: Consumer Culture and Taste'. In: The 9th Symposium on Chinese Dietary Culture. Taihoku, Taiwan, Province of China.