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Nick Stevenson

Reader, Faculty of Social Sciences



I am currently a Reader in Cultural Sociology at the University of Nottingham.

I received a double first in Sociology and History BA (Hons) from Keele University in 1987. I obtained my PhD from Cambridge University in 1992 after studying under the supervision of Lord Anthony Giddens. Between 1991 and 2001 I worked as a Sociology lecturer at Sheffield University. In 2001 I joined Nottingham University eventually being appointed to my current position of Reader. I am one of the founding editors of the BSA Journal Cultural Sociology and also work on the editorial board of Keywords. My current research is investigating the interconnections between current societal debates, European social theory and citizenship.

My most recent publications are:

Stevenson, N. (2020) 'Radical Democracy and the Imagination of the commons: Beyond Cultural Populism', European Journal of Cultural Studies 23(6) pp953-969.

Stevenson, N. (2021) 'The complex trajectory of the commoner: cosmopolitanism, localisation, and nationalism', In Axford, B. et al Political Sociologies of the Encounter, London, Routledge pp57-71.

Stevenson, N. (2021) 'Orwell as Public Intellectual: Anarchism, Communism and the New Left', Anarchism Studies 29.1 pp19-38.

Stevenson, N. (2021) 'The cultural production of Cabaret Voltaire: Marxism, the politics of modernism and post-punk', Punk & Post-Punk pp1-17.

Stevenson, N. (2021) 'Critical theory in the Antropocene: Marcuse, Marxism and ecology', European Journal of Social Theory 74(2) pp211-226.

Stevenson, N. (2022) 'Herber t Marcuse as Critical Intellectual: The New Left and Alternative Socialist Futures, Rethinking Marxism 34:1 pp81-98.

Stevenson, N. (2022) 'Anarchism, New Left and Education', in Alpesh, M. (ed) Marxism and Education, Boston, Brill.

Stevenson, N. (2003) 'On Soz', in Toraman, B. (ed) 'IIetism Calismalari, Instanbul, Grius pp13-16.

Stevenson, N. (2023) 'Teroria critica en el Antropeceno: Marcuse, el marismo y la ecologia', in Maring, L.S. and Grialdo (eds) in Ensayos sabre la teria eritica de la sociedad, Univeridd Libre pp913-935.

Stevenson, N. (2023) Class, London, Routledge.

Stevenson, N. (2023) 'Class, Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of English Heritage', Keywords (accepted forthcoming).

I would be especially interested in hearing from students with an interest in European social theory and questions of human rights, identity, education and citizenship.

Research Summary

I am currently writing about the interconnections between class identity, memory and labour history.

Here is a short article I wrote about life during Covid.

Selected Publications

Past Research

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My current teaching interests include the undergraduate modules Media and Popular Culture, and Citizenship, Identity and Globalisation. I also teach on the Global Citizenship MA.

I have supervised PhD students researching multiculturalism and citizenship, education and citizenship, Muslim identities, cultural policy, news journalism, fan culture, social and cultural theory, gender and sexual identity, young people and citizenship and technological cultures. I welcome applications from PhD students interested in the interconnection of culture and politics.

  • 2017. Human Rights and the Reinvention of Freedom Routledge.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2015. Post-citizenship, New Left and the democratic commons Citizenship Studies. 19(6-7), 591-604
  • STEVENSON, N., 2014. Jazz as Cultural Modernity: Consumerism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism International Journal of Cultural Studies. 19(2), 209-223
  • STEVENSON, N., 2012. Localization as subpolitics: the Transition Movement and cultural citizenship International Journal Of Cultural Studies. 15(1), 65-79
  • STEVENSON, N., 2012. Cosmopolitan education and cultural citizenship: a critical European perspective Cultural Sociology. 6(1), 113-128
  • 2012. ‘European Freedom and European Memory’, The Review of International affairs. vol LXIII, (1145)
  • STEVENSON, N., 2011. Education and cultural citizenship Sage.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2010. Education, neoliberalism and cultural citizenship: living in 'X factor' Britain European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13(3), 341-358
  • STEVENSON, N., 2006. David Bowie: fame, sound and vision Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2006. European cosmopolitan solidarity: questions of citizenship, difference and post-materialism European Journal of Social Theory. 9(4), 485-500
  • STEVENSON, N, 2006. David Bowie: Fame, Sound And Vision Cambridge : Polity Press.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2005. European Cosmopolitanism and Civil Society: Questions of Culture, Identity and Citizenship Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences. VOL 18(NUMB 1), 45-60
  • STEVENSON, N., 2005. Media, Cultural Citizenship and the Global Public Sphere. In: The Idea of Global Civil Society: politics and ethics in a globalizing era Routledge, London and New York.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2005. Celebrity and the Audience. In: Understanding Media Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2004. Cultural Citizenship. In: Citizenship and Political Education Today Palgrave Publishing Co. Ltd, The, Weybridge, Surrey, UK.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2004. Media, Cosmopolitanism and Indifference. In: International News in the Twentieth Century University of Luton Press, Luton.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2003. Cultural citizenship: cosmopolitan questions Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2003. Cultural Citizenship in the `Cultural' Society: A Cosmopolitan Approach Citizenship Studies. VOL 7(PART 3), 331-348
  • STEVENSON,N. and CLARK,N., 2003. Care in the time of catastrophe: citizenship, community and the ecological imagination Journal of Human Rights. 2(2), 235-246
  • STEVENSON, N., 2003. Reading men's lifestyle magazines: cultural power and the information society. In: Masculinity and Men's Lifestyle Magazines Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, New York. 112-131
  • STEVENSON, N, 2003. Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitan Questions Maidenhead : Open University Press.
  • STEVENSON, N, 2003. Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitan Questions Maidenhead : Open University Press.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Cosmopolitanism and the Future of Democracy: Politics, Culture and the Self New Political Economy. VOL 7(PART 2), 251-268
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Manuel Castells. In: Key Contemporary Social Theorists Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, New York. 91-96
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Disputes within Multiculturalism and Citizenship In: BSA Conference.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Understanding Media Cultures 2nd. Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Consumer Culture, Ecology and the Possibility of Cosmopolitan Citizenship Consumption, Markets and Culture. VOL 5(NUMB 4), 305-320
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Sociological Research Online. 7(1), 1-16
  • STEVENSON, N., 2002. Cultural Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism In: Cultural Returns.
  • STEVENSON, N., JACKSON, P. and BROOKS, K., 2001. Making sense of men's magazines Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2001. Ecological Citizenship In: Human Rights and Human Wrongs.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2001. The future of public media cultures: morality, ethics and ambivalence. In: Culture and Politics in the Information Age Routledge, London and New York. 63-80
  • STEVENSON, N., 2001. The Mediated Possibility of Cosmopolitanism In: The Mediated Possibility of Cosmopolitanism.
  • STEVENSON, N., ed., 2001. Culture and Citizenship Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2001. Ulrich Beck. In: Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK. 304-314
  • STEVENSON, N., 2001. Media, Globalisation and Citizenship In: Conference on Global Governance.
  • STEVENSON, N. and CLARKE, N., 2001. Care in the Time of Catastrophe In: Human Frailty: Rights, Ethics and the Search for Global Justice.
  • STEVENSON, N, 2001. Ren Shi Mei Jie Wen Hua: She Hui Li Lun Yu Da Zhong Chuan Bo Di 1 ban.. Beijing : Shang wu yin shu guan.
  • STEVENSON, N, ed., 2001. Culture And Citizenship London ; SAGE.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2000. Questions of Hermeneutics: Beyond Empiricism and Post-Modernism. In: Research Training for Social Scientists Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK. 21-32
  • STEVENSON, N. and KENNY, M., 2000. Masculinity: a Risky Path to Take?. In: The Art of Life Lawrence and Wishart, London. 135-151
  • STEVENSON, N., 2000. Celebrity, Fame and Modernity: Reflexivity, Cultural Production and David Bowie In: International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference.
  • STEVENSON, N. and JAMES, L., 2000. New Regimes of Governance: Informational Capitalism, Security and the Media in Rwanda and Kosovo Self, Agency and Society. VOL 2(ISSU 2), 1-28
  • STEVENSON, N., 2000. Cosmopolitanism: A Defence In: Cosmopolis.
  • STEVENSON, N., 2000. The future of public media cultures: cosmopolitan democracy and ambivalence Information, Communication and Society. VOL 3(NUMB 2), 192-214
  • STEVENSON, N., JACKSON, P. and BROOKS, K., 2000. The Politics of Men's Life Style Magazines European Journal of Cultural Studies. 3(3), 366-385
  • STEVENSON, N., 1999. Cultural Citizenship or Ecological Citizenship In: Rethinking Citizenship.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1999. Men's Bodies, Hegemony, Identity and the Body In: Men's Bodies, Hegemony, Identity and the Body.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1999. Politics and Morality In: A New Politics? Representation, Mobilisation and Networks in the Information Age.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1999. Globalization and Cultural Political Economy. In: Globalisation in Question MacMillan Publishers Ltd, London. 91-113
  • STEVENSON, N., 1999. The Transformation of the Media: globalisation, morality and ethics Longman Group Ltd, Harlow, Essex, UK.
  • JACKSON, P., STEVENSON, N. and BROOKS, K., 1999. Making sense of men's lifestyle magazines Environment and Planning D: Society & Space. VOL 17(NUMBER 3), 353-368
  • STEVENSON, N. and KENNY, M., 1998. Cultural Studies or Cultural Political Economy? Cues from The Long Revolution International Journal of Cultural Policy. 4(2), 249-269
  • STEVENSON, N., 1998. Culturas mediaticas: Teoria social y comunicacion masiva Talleres Gr ficos Color Efe, Buenos Aires.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1997. Global Media and Technological Change: Social Justice, Recognition and the Meaningfulness of Everyday Life Citizenship Studies. VOL 1(NUMBER 3), 365-388
  • STEVENSON, N., 1997. Globalization, National Cultures and Cultural Citizenship Sociological Quarterly. VOL 38(NUMBER 1), 41-66
  • STEVENSON, N., 1997. Media, Ethics and Modernity. In: Cultural Methodologies Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK. 62-86
  • STEVENSON, N., 1997. Human Nature, Human Needs and Citizenship: Raymond Williams and Mass Communication. In: Raymond Williams Now MacMillan Publishers Ltd, London. 89-114
  • STEVENSON, N., 1997. Critical Perspectives within Audience Research. In: The Media Studies Reader Edward Arnold, London. 231-248
  • STEVENSON, N., 1997. The European Public Sphere; National Culture, Identity and Cultural Citizenship European Studies Journal. XIV(1), 47-61
  • STEVENSON, N., 1996. The Rwandan Crisis and the Media In: Nationalism and Culture.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1995. Raymond Williams and Human Needs In: Conference on the Work of Raymond Williams.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1995. Critical Theory, Ideology, and Television Rethinking Marxism. VOL 8(NUMBER 4), 75-88
  • STEVENSON, N., 1995. Culture, Ideology and Socialism: Raymond Williams and E P Thompson Avebury, Aldershot.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1995. What is Cultural Citizenship? In: Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1995. Contraflows in Critical Theory Critical Sociology. VOL 21(NUMBER 1), 121
  • STEVENSON, N., 1995. Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1994. Habermas, Mass Culture and the Future of the Public Sphere Berkeley Journal of Sociology. 38, 221-245
  • STEVENSON, N., 1994. Needs, Citizenship and Communications; Towards a European Public Sphere In: European Studies Research Institute Conference.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1994. Marshall McLuhan and Social Theory In: A.M.F.I.T. Conference.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1993. Habermas and the Future of the Public Sphere In: International Conference on the Public Sphere.
  • STEVENSON, N., 1993. Ideology and Television In: International Conference "The Experience of Theory".
  • European Journal of Cultural Studies.
  • STEVENSON, N, Education, neoliberalism and culture: living in 'X Factor' Britain European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13(3), 341-358

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