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Dr David Wright

David Wright Profile PhotoAssociate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies
Tel: +44 (0)24 761 51112
Email: d dot wright dot 3 at warwick dot ac dot uk

A.024
Millburn House

About

I joined the University in 2008 and, following a year teaching in the Sociology department, joined the Centre in 2009. 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.

Research interests

My interests are in the sociology of culture, the cultural industries, popular culture and cultural taste. My latest book, published by Palgrave in July 2015, is Understanding Cultural Taste and I'm currently developing research projects on 'computational cultural policy' and 'monumentalising popular culture'. 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

Teaching responsibilities

This year I'll be teaching Cultural Theory, a core module on the MA in International Cultural Policy and Management in the Autumn term and the Understanding Cultural Work option module in the Spring Term.

PhD supervision

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, Digital platforms and public opinion in China, 'everyday aesthetics', internships in the advertising industry and, in Sociology, on GM foods debates in the social media.

I've supervised Centre PhDs on Live music and consumer experience in Korea, the working class audience for theatre and the creative industries in the Caribbean.

I'd be interested in supervising future research projects on cultural consumption, taste, popular culture and cultural work.

Selected publications

  • Wright, D. (2017) 'Sociology and Cultural Policy' in V. Durrer, T. Miller and D. O'Brien (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy, London: Routledge.
  • 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]

Further publications are accesible through my author page on Warwick's WRAP repository, or you can follow my research via Academia.edu



Office hours

Autumn Tem:

Week 2: Tuesday 11am-1pm

Week 3: Thursday 11am-1pm

Week 4: Wednesday 11am- 1pm

Week 5: Tuesday 2pm - 4pm

Week 6: Tuesday 10am - 12am

Week 7: Thursday 11am-1pm

Week 8: Tuesday 3pm-5pm

Week 9: TBC

Week 10: TBC

Teaching

Postgraduate modules

Cultural Theory (MA in International Cultural Policy and Management)

Understanding Cultural Work (Option Module)

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Latest Book From Palgrave Macmillan

Understanding Cultural Taste