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Professor Tim Dant Retired

Professor Tim Dant Retired

Emeritus

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 594183
Web: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/centres/cemore

Affiliations

Sociology
Mobilities.Lab

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in all aspects of the sociology of material life but in particular: material interaction, material civilization, consumption, everyday technology andembodied practices with objects including cars and bicycles. I also have a continuing interest in critical social theory and modern French social theory including the work of Henri Lefebvre, Jean Baudrillard and Pierre Bourdieu. More recently I have been researching the theme of the morality of ordinary life in relation to television and the broadcast media. I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in all of these areas.

Research Interests

My research has always been in the sociology of culture and most recently has been on how television serves to sustain the morality of late modern societies. I have just published a book on this topic that was informed by teaching as well as research:

Dant, Tim (2012) Television and the Moral Imaginary: Society through the small screen, London: Palgrave.

I am now turning to two new research projects that develop earlier interests. One is on 'Moral materialism', the connection between moral lives and material lives that is made more urgent by global warming, increasing populations and the centrality of 'things' in society. The other is on 'Critical Phenomenology' that is looking at how a phenomenological approach derived from Merleau-Ponty, Sartre and Schutz can provide the basis for a critical sociology of culture. These new research topics build on three earlier interests:

Morality and the small screen

As a means of mass communication, the small screen shows us what is going on in the culture and in particular it shows us what the mores of our society are. There has been an interesting debate in recent years about the morality of television as a witness to suffering in societies that are distant both culturally and geographically. But I am more interested in how television acts as an agent of socialisation for the adults in contemporary industrialised cultures. The small screen shows social action - both fictional and real - that the viewer can relate to his or her own life and experiences. As well as providing the basis for a number of conference papers, I am enjoying thinking through the implications of these ideas with students in my third year option on 'Television, Morality and Society'. I am currently working on a book for Palgrave that uses a phenomenological approach to analysing how moving images on the small screen make sense to their viewers and helps shape the moral order of society.

'Consuming morality: television and postmodern ethics' Sociology of Consumption Network, European Sociological Association Conference, Torun, Poland 9-12th September 2005

'Getting morality off the TV' Sociology Department, University of Essex, November 3rd 2005

Material culture

I have published two books on material culture arguing for the importance of human interaction with 'things' - material objects - in sustaining contemporary societies. Traditional sociology tends to play little regard to the material life of human beings although research on consumption, technology and design has brought it more into focus. My interest is in understanding how human beings use things in their ordinary lives without paying much attention to the way they shape their everyday practices and connect them with other people. I have used a video based study of car repair technicians to analyse a number of aspects of material interaction and find a phenomenological approach that draws on the work of Merleau-Ponty particularly useful in analysing embodied interaction with things. Recently I have written about the iPod and how using it links us to our society in a variety of ways, about the pragmatics of making sense of objects in material interaction and about the distinctive features of the work of repair as material interaction.

Currently, with Eric Laurier at Edinburgh University, I am working on a research proposal on 'freight' and how things are moved about in our society. I am also keen to explore the different ways in which people interact with bicycles - some fitting them easily into their mobile lives, others leaving them in the shed or in the shop. With colleagues in Lancaster I have been developing a research proposal on the relationship between virtual and embodied space. I continue to be interested in the place of the car in contemporary society as a much loved yet also hated object.

Critical Theory

I have a long standing interest in critical theory and its relationship to culture and ideology. I have published a book on the continuities between the Frankfurt School and the Francophile traditions of critical theory and a number of papers with Graeme Gilloch on how both traditions tackle a number of themes; photography, commodity culture and the typewriter.

Current Teaching

SOCL309 Television Morality and Society - third year option

Selected Publications

Television and the moral imaginary: society through the small screen

Dant, T. 2012 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 215 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The work of repair: gesture, emotion and sensual knowledge

Dant, T. 31/08/2009 In: Sociological Research Online. 15, (3), p. n/a 25 p.7

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The 'Pragmatics' of Material Interaction.

Dant, T. 03/2008 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 8, 1, p. 11-33 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Drivers and passengers

Dant, T. 20/12/2013 The Routledge handbook of mobilities. Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P. & Sheller, M. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

True automobility

Dant, T. 11/07/2013 Objects and materials: a Routledge companion. Harvey, P., Casella, E., Evans, G., Knox, H., McLean, C., Silva, E., Thoburn, N. & Woodward, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. n/a

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2012

Seeing Things: Apprehending material culture

Dant, T. 01/2012 Handbook of Visual Culture. Heywood, I. & Sandywell, B. (eds.). Oxford: Berg

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

What else we do while driving: towards the driverless car

Laurier, E. & Dant, T. 01/2012 Mobilities: New Perspectives on Transport and Society. Greico, M. & Urry, J. (eds.). Ashgate, p. 223-244 22 p. (Transport and Society)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Television and the moral imaginary: society through the small screen

Dant, T. 2012 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 215 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

Material Culture

Dant, T. 11/2011 Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, D. (ed.). London: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Claude Levi-Strauss

Dant, T. 11/2011 Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, D. (ed.). London: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Discourse

Dant, T. 11/2011 Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, D. (ed.). London: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Car Culture

Dant, T. 11/2011 Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, D. (ed.). London: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Roland Barthes

Dant, T. 11/2011 Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, D. (ed.). London: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Fernand Braudel

Dant, T. 11/2011 Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, D. (ed.). London: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

2009

The work of repair: gesture, emotion and sensual knowledge

Dant, T. 31/08/2009 In: Sociological Research Online. 15, (3), p. n/a 25 p.7

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Car culture / car girls.

Dant, T. 2008 Car Girls. Hassink, J. (ed.). New York: Aperture Foundation, 4 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The 'Pragmatics' of Material Interaction.

Dant, T. 03/2008 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 8, 1, p. 11-33 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

iPod... iCon.

Dant, T. 12/2008 In: Studi Culturali. 5, 3, p. 355-374 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Windsurfing: an extreme form of material and embodied interaction?

Dant, T. & Wheaton, B. 12/2007 In: Anthropology Today. 23, 6, p. 8-12 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Materiality and civilization: things and society.

Dant, T. 1/06/2006 In: The British Journal of Sociology. 57, 2, p. 289-308 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Materiality and Society.

Dant, T. 2005 Buckingham: Open University Press. 154 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

From passage to parly 2: commodity culture in Benjamin and Baudrilard.

Gilloch, G. & Dant, T. 2005 In: New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics . No 54, p. 139-153 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

The Driver-Car.

Dant, T. 1/08/2004 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 21, 4-5, p. 61-79 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Recording the Habitus.

Dant, T. 2004 Seeing is Believing? Approaches to visual methodology. Pole, C. (ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier, Vol. Studie, p. 43-63 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Critical Social Theory: Culture, Society and Critique.

Dant, T. 2003 Sage. 165 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Dealing with dirt: servicing and repairing cars.

Dant, T. & Bowles, D. 2003 In: Sociological Research Online. 8, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Pictures of the past: Benjamin and Barthes on photography.

Dant, T. & Gilloch, G. 02/2002 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 5, 1, p. 5-25 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

By car: carrying modern society.

Dant, T. & Martin, P. 2001 Ordinary Consumption. Gronow, J. & Warde, A. (eds.). 2 ed. London: Routledge, 257 p. (Studies in consumption and markets)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Fruitbox/toolbox: biography and objects.

Dant, T. 2001 In: Auto/Biography. IX, 1 & 2, p. 11-20 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Consumption caught in the cash nexus.

Dant, T. 11/2000 In: Sociology. 34, 4, p. 665-670 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Stars in our eyes?

Dant, T. 2000 In: things. 12, p. 130-133 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Material culture in the social world: values, activities, lifestyles.

Dant, T. 1999 Buckingham: Open University Press. 227 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1998

Planning: Applied Rationality or Contingent Practice?

Dant, T. & Francis, D. 1998 In: Sociological Research Online. 3, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Thoroughly modern Mannheim and the postmodern Weltanschauung.

Dant, T. 12/1997 In: Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia. 4, p. 531-558 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

Fetishism and the social value of objects.

Dant, T. 08/1996 In: The Sociological Review. 44, 3, p. 495-516 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1994

Co-ordinating care at home: a handbook for organising support for elderly people at home.

Dant, T. & Gully, V. 1994 London: Harper Collins.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1991

Knowledge, ideology & discourse: a sociological perspective.

Dant, T. 1991 London: Routledge. 236 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1989

Hostels to homes?: the rehousing of homeless single people.

Dant, T. & Deacon, A. 1989 Aldershot: Avebury. 114 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

 

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