Notes on contributors
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Notes on contributors

Peter J. Martin taught Sociology at the University of Manchester for many years. He was Head of Sociology there for three years, and from 2000 until 2003 was Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the former Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Manchester. His major publications include Music and the Sociological Gaze (Manchester University Press, 2006), Sounds and Society (Manchester University Press, 1995) and (with Wes Sharrock and John Hughes) Understanding Modern Sociology (Sage, 2003) and Understanding Classical Sociology (2nd edn, Sage, 2003). He is now a freelance author and musician.

Alex Dennis is Lecturer in the Sociology of Deviance at the University of Salford. He is the author of Making Decisions About People (Ashgate, 2001) and has published articles on decision-making in complex organisations, philosophical contradictions in ethnomethodology, pragmatism and symbolic interactionism, and (with Peter J. Martin) on the concepts of power and social structure. His research interests include clinical decision-making, deviant behaviour in public spaces, and (with Greg Smith) is currently conducting an ethnographic study of the work of security guards. He provides web and email facilities for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Graham Button gained his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 1976. From 1975 until 1992 he taught at Plymouth Polytechnic (subsequently the University of Plymouth), where he was Principal Lecturer in Sociology. During 1980 and 1985 he was Visiting Faculty at the University of California (Los Angeles) and Boston University respectively. In 1992 he joined the Cambridge laboratory of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Centre as Senior Scientist, becoming Director in 1999, and in 2003 was appointed Laboratory Director of Xerox’s European Research Centre in Grenoble, France. In 2005 he took up the position of Executive Dean of Faculty at Sheffield Hallam University, and is now Pro-Vice Chancellor of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

Allison Cavanagh gained her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Manchester in 2003 and is a Lecturer in Communications Studies at the University of Leeds, where she is currently Programme Director for the B.A. in Communications Studies. Her research interests include media history and new media, and her most recent work has focused on new media theory, in particular theorising power in relation to networks. She is currently working on the development of models of media participation which are sensitive to new approaches to power. Her recent publications include Sociology in the Age of the Internet (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield. Trained as an anthropologist, he has undertaken field research in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Denmark. His empirical research interests include social identity in all of its aspects (particularly ethnicity, national identity and disability) and enchantments ancient and modern, not least religion and popular belief. Theoretically he has yet to progress much beyond symbolic interactionism (and he completely neglected to take the post-modern turn). Among his major publications are Foundations of Sociology (2002), Pierre Bourdieu (2nd edn, 2002), Rethinking Ethnicity (2nd edn, 2008) and Social Identity (3rd edn, 2008).

Anthony King was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Salford in 1995. He began his career at Liverpool University in the same year and was appointed as a Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter in 2007. He has published widely, including major studies of football (The European Ritual, Ashgate, 2003), social theory (The Structure of Social Theory, Routledge, 2004), and has recently competed a monograph on European military transformation, provisionally entitled From the Rhine to the Hindu Kush. Although diverse, his work aims to explore processes of European integration from the perspective of actual social practice.

Wes Sharrock is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, where he has been since 1965. His main interests are in the philosophy of social science, philosophy of mind, sociological theory and studies of everyday conduct. His current research interests include the organisation of work in the construction of online ontologies in bioinformatics, and issues in data sharing in collaborations between social scientists and computer visualisation specialists. Amongst his recent and forthcoming publications are: ‘Closet Cartesianism in discursive psychology’ and (with J. Coulter) ‘Against theory of mind’ in I. Leudar and A. Costall (eds); Against Theory of Mind (Palgrave, 2009); Studies of Work and the Workplace in HCI (with G. Button, forthcoming); There Is No Such Thing as Social Science (with P. Hutchinson and R. Read; Ashgate, 2008); and Brain, Mind and Human Behaviour in Contemporary Cognitive Science (with J. Coulter; Edwin Mellen Press, 2008).


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