I grew up in Derby in the 1970's and 1980's. I became interested in sociology out of a mix of the vibrant popular culture and mostly class/anti-militaristic politics that defined that period. After studying for my A levels in Sociology and History at night school I eventually went to Keele Univeristy in 1983 as a mature student. I graduated in 1987 with a double first in History and Sociology. I then went on to do a PhD at Cambridge in 1989. I finished my PhD in SPS at Cambridge University in 1991 on links between the New Left and questions of culture, ideology and politics. Between 1991 and 2001 I worked as a lecturer in the Department of Sociological Studies at Sheffield University. During that time I published Culture, Ideology and Socialism (1995), Understanding Media Cultures (1995), The Transformation of the Media (1999), Making Sense of Men's Lifestyle Magazines (2001) and an edited collection Culture and Citizenship (2001).I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Sociology in Nottingham in 2001. I have also published Cultural Citizenship (2003) and David Bowie: Fame, Sound and Vision (2006). I am also currently on the editorial board of the BSA journal Cultural Sociology and Keywords. More recently I have published book length studies on Education and Cultural Citizenship (2011) and Freedom (2012). My most recent book was published by Routledge in 2017 and is called Human Rights and the Reinvention of Freedom. I am currently interested in re-exploring some of the themes of my PhD on questions of history, class and ecology.
My current research is on the idea of civil society, the public sphere and more cultural understandings of citizenship. This means that when concerned with political questions we need to address… read more
My current research is on the idea of civil society, the public sphere and more cultural understandings of citizenship. This means that when concerned with political questions we need to address formal issues of rights and responsibilities, but also questions of value, interpretation, meaning, belonging and shared sentiment. I am currently exploring these questions in relation to issues related to human rights, freedom and injustice in the British and more global contexts.
I have recently written a short article on the subject of freedom for the think tank Compass which can be found here http://clients.squareeye.net/uploads/compass/documents/Freedom%20Compass%20Thinkpiece%2075.pdf
I am also a member of the university research priority group integrating global society and am actively involved with the global studies association.
You can follow my blog common people at http://nickystevenson.blogspot.co.uk/
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.
My current research is on questions related to freedom and citizenship in the global era. This concerns questions of nationalism, cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, social movements, nationalism and most importantly the commons.