Dr David Wright
Director of Graduate Studies
Tel: +44 (0)24 761 51112
Email: d dot wright dot 3 at warwick dot ac dot uk
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7HS
I joined the Centre in 2009, following a year teaching in the Sociology department. Before coming to Warwick I completed five years of post-doctoral research with the ESRC's centre for research into socio-cultural change, CRESC, based at the Open University in Milton Keynes. My PhD - a study of work in the UK retail book trade - was awarded by the University of Nottingham in 2004. I helped co-found and launch our MA programme in Global Media and Communication in 2010.
My interests are in the sociology of culture, the cultural industries, popular culture and cultural taste. My new book, published by Palgrave in July 2015, is Understanding Cultural Taste and I'm currently developing research projects on the meaning and politics of cultural work and cultural participation. I was a member of a team of researchers that conducted an inquiry into British tastes, published as Culture, Class, Distinction in 2009 and I retain an interest in debates about 'cultural omnivorousness', and in international comparative work on the social patterns of taste.
Teaching and supervision
This year I'll be teaching Approaching the Global Media, a core module on the MA in Global Media and Communication, co-teaching The Mediated Self Project option module and co-ordinating the Major Project seminar series.
As Director of Graduate Studies in the Centre I am responsible for co-ordinating activities with our PhD students, based around our Work-in-Progress seminars. I'm also currently supervising research students studying socially engaged arts practice in Brazil, the working-class audience for theatre, the creative industries in the Caribbean, 'vocation' in the creative industries, media and public opinion in China and, in Sociology, on GM foods debates in the social media.
I'd be interested in supervising future research projects on cultural consumption, taste, popular culture and cultural work.
- Wright, D. (2016) 'Cultural consumption and cultural omnivorousness' in D.Inglis and A. Almila (eds) The Sage Handbook of Cultural Sociology, London: Sage, pp. 567-577.
- Wright, D. (2015) Understanding Cultural Taste: Sensation, skill and sensibility, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Wright, D. (2015) 'Imagining the cultural consumer: class, cool and connoisseurship', in K. Oakley and J. O'Connor (eds) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, Abingdon & New York: Routledge, pp. 347-356.
- Wright, D. (2014) 'Book Retail' in J. Smith Maguire and J. Matthews (eds) The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, London: Sage, pp. 180-191.
- Wright, D. and Purhonen, S. (2013) ‘Methodological issues in national-comparative research on cultural tastes : the case of cultural capital in the UK and Finland’, special issue of Cultural Sociology on ‘Field analysis, boundary-drawing and socio-cultural inequality’, 7 (2): 257-273. [article]
Wright, D., Purhonen, S. and Heikillä, R. (2013) ‘Comparing ‘cosmopolitanism’: Taste, nation and global culture in Finland and the UK’, Comparative Sociology, 12 (3): 330-360. [article]
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