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Ben Carrington

Associate Professor Ph.D., Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ben Carrington

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Biography

Ben Carrington is a sociologist who has taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 2004. Prior to that he taught at the University of Brighton in England. Professor Carrington studies a broad range of topics and areas generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary societies. More specifically, he is 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. His work examines the mass media, music and sport as way to understand key sociological dimensions of everyday life such as personal and communal identity and nationalistic identification and dis-identification. Professor Carrington also teaches various undergraduate and graduate classes on the sociology of race, culture, sport and identity. He supervises doctoral students doing interesting work on a range of politically-relevant topics whatever that topic may be. Professor Carrington currently serves on the editorial boards of Sociological Theory, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, the Sociology of Sport Journal, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Outside of the CES, Ben Carrington is actively engaged with a range of institutions and intellectual spaces, including the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. He also holds an appointment with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department

Professor Carrington is a Carnegie Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University, England and is a Research Associate of the Centre for Urban and Community Research, based at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Interests

Post/colonial Theory; Sociology of Race; Cultural Sociology; Sociology of Sport, Media and Popular Culture; Cultural Studies; Masculinity and Gender Studies

EUS 346 • Sport And English Society-Eng

36935 • Spring 2014
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(also listed as SOC 321K )
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SOC 321K • Sport and English Society

Spring 2014

Description:

Sport occupies a significant place within English society; from the centrality of cricket in helping to shape the British empire, to the importance of soccer (“football”) in promoting the varied national identities within the UK and Northern Ireland, to the ways in which women and racial minorities have used sport to achieve social mobility and recognition, sport remains one of the most important ways to understand the changing nature of English society in the 21st century.  The course is located in Leeds, a diverse metropolis, known for its culture and sporting teams. Given this unique location, the Maymester enables students to explore the internal divisions around class and region that are central to understanding English identity, particularly the tensions between “the north” and “the south”, as well as discover the origins of American football and baseball.

Assessment criteria:

40% - Three page critical summary of each field trip (each summary will be worth 10% of final grade).

60% - Final synoptic ten to twelve page essay drawing on the lectures, field trips and readings – essay title to be agreed with Professor Ben Carrington.

Required reading: Course pack

 

EUS 346 • Sport And English Society-Eng

36465 • Spring 2013
Meets
(also listed as SOC 321K )
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Description:

Sport occupies a significant place within English society; from the centrality of cricket in helping to shape the British empire, to the importance of soccer (“football”) in promoting the varied national identities within the UK and Northern Ireland, to the ways in which women and racial minorities have used sport to achieve social mobility and recognition, sport remains one of the most important ways to understand the changing nature of English society in the 21st century.  The course is located in Leeds, a diverse metropolis, known for its culture and sporting teams. Given this unique location, the Maymester enables students to explore the internal divisions around class and region that are central to understanding English identity, particularly the tensions between “the north” and “the south”, as well as discover the origins of American football and baseball.

Assessment criteria:

40% - Two page critical summary of each field trip (each summary will be worth 10% of final grade).

60% - Final synoptic ten page essay drawing on the lectures, field trips and readings – essay title to be agreed with Professor Ben Carrington.

Publications

Andrews, D. and Carrington, B. (eds.) (2013) A Companion to Sport, Blackwell, Oxford/Malden.

Carrington, B. (2010) Race, Sport and Politics: The sporting black diaspora, Sage, London/Thousand Oaks.

Carrington, B. and McDonald, I. (eds.) (2009) Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport, Routledge, London/New York.

Carrington, B. and McDonald, I. (eds.) (2001) “Race”, Sport and British Society, Routledge, London/New York.

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