Article: Introduction to Michel Maffesoli’s ‘From Society to Tribal Communities’

the-sociological-reviewThis article introduces Michel Maffesoli’s article From Society to Tribal Communities’, in which he argues that emerging communities, although post-modern, are not entirely new but archaic and rooted in pre-modernity, and that these tribes are further facilitated by new technological developments such as social media. The introduction summarises the main argument of the article while contextualising it within both Maffesoli’s wider work and secondary literature that critically engages with his unique approach to studying postmodernism.

Published in The Sociological Review, 64.4 (Nov 2016), Special Issue: “Being in community: Re-visioning Sociology”, edited by David Studdert and Valerie Walkerdine

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Article: Foucault-Phobia and the Problem with the Critique of Neoliberal Ideology: A Response to Downey et al.


As part of a special section of Media, Culture & Society on ideology and media studies (also featuring articles from John Corner and Sean Phelan), I’ve written this response to an earlier article by John Downey, Gavan Titley and Jason Toynbee. My article’s just been published, and is available from Media, Culture & Society (38.2, March 2016) here:

Alternatively, you can read the version I originally submitted Open Access on this site (below).

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Article: Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech and Counter-Speech


This brief rapid response article considers the French media framing of the Charlie Hebdo attack in terms of ‘Republican values’ such as free speech, and critiques the post-political and moralistic reduction of debate to ‘right and wrong’ arguments, as well as the fetishisation of the right to offend and the depoliticisation of the right to be offended.

Published in Sociological Research Online (20.3 August 2015):

N.B. This article is available free of charge to private individuals using a commercial IP address. However, for institutions such as universities, an annual subscription to the journal is required to gain access. An Open Access version will also be available on this site after an embargo of one year.

Networking Knowledge (June 2015) – Standard Issue

meccsa pgn logoThe June 2015 issue of Networking Knowledge – Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN is now available (Open Access):

This is the first ever standard issue of the journal (not based on conference participants, nor a themed issue), featuring articles by Yuk Hui on Simondon and digital objects, Sam Burgum on Rancière and Occupy London, Carrie Dunn on women’s wrestling, and Julia Lefkowitz on US/French press coverage of Polanski’s arrest. It also features reports on recent conferences (Scotland and Screens, Human Rights in the Media, Creative Research Methods), as well as a report on a new Turkish publishing venture. Edited & introduced by yours truly.

Direct link to my editorial intro here:


Mediatizing Gaza

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“Gaza Audio-Visual Narrative by a Cyborg: Images by Hashtag” (VJ Um Amel, 2014):

This Special Issue on ‘Mediatizing Gaza’, Networking Knowledge 8(2), co-edited and co-introduced with Nour Shreim, features articles from Nour Shreim, Rami Qawariq, Shadi Abu-Ayyash, May Farah, Gary Bratchford, Laila Shereen Sakr (aka VJ Um Amel), and my interview with Helga Tawil-Souri.

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MeCCSA PGN 2014 Conference Special Issue Introduction

meccsa pgn logoHere’s the introduction to the January issue of Networking Knowledge that I co-edited with Andreas Rauh Ortega. The issue is based on some papers given at the MeCCSA PGN (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network) Conference held in 2014.

Our intro and the rest of the issue are available open access here:


Charlie Hebdo and the right to offend

National unity march, Paris, January 11. Davide del Giudice/Demotix. All rights reserved.

National unity march, Paris, January 11. Davide del Giudice/Demotix. All rights reserved.


The right to offend, which the French secular republic with its long tradition of anti-clericalist satire holds particularly dear, is in everyday conflict with the values of the republic’s second largest religion.

This essay was published on the openDemocracy site on 21 January 2015, and is available here