Dr Andrew Smith

  • Reader (Sociology)

telephone: 01413305267
email: Andrew.Smith.2@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

‌My main area of interest is the study of literature, sport and creative cultures more generally, in the colonial and postcolonial contexts. My doctoral research involved empirical work with the Nigerian expatriate community in the West of Scotland, and an investigation of the experiences of authors and artists working in Nigeria, and I have been involved with the discussion of the concepts of cultural hybridity, diaspora and migration in recent social and cultural theory.

My most recent work has been on the relationship between racism and everyday life. This work relates to my current role as a co-investigator with the ESRC Research Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (www.ethnicity.ac.uk). In particular, I have tried to bring together sociological work on racism and ethnicity with the philosophical discussion of everyday life. This has led to a recent essay in Ethnic and Racial Studies (DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2014.987307) and a new (short) monograph in the Palgrave Pivot series, published in 2016.

Book

In the past I have published a number of articles on the West Indian writer C.L.R. James, culminating in a book - C.L.R. James and the Study of Culture - which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. This was subsequently shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams prize for 2011. [Reviews: Caribbean Review of Books and from Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.] Another essay, which discusses and compares James' writing on culture and black politics was published in the December 2011 issue of Cultural Sociology and was subsequently the winner of the British Sociological Association / Sage Prize for Innovation/Excellence 2012. In 2013 I helped lead the organization of a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of C.L.R. James' great work 'Beyond a Boundary'. You can find films from the event here, thanks to the hard work of the crew of the charity World Write.

Other work considers: the history of the representation of imperial defeats, and of the wider significance of tropes of embattlement, captivity and besiegement in understandings of empire (see this issue of Race and Class); work on the peculiar nature of the social relationship which exists between service sector workers and their customers (see this essay from New Left Review), and an interpretive account of Nigerian e-mail scams in Cultural Studies.

Finally I am, whenever I have a spare moment, trying to work on a small project, with the help of Prof. Bridget Fowler, called 'Reading Poetry Today', which examines the ways in which different readers engage with and make sense of contemporary poetry. This is part of a wider project I am developing on the sociology of poetry.

Versions of some papers and recent talks.

        

Grants

Co-Investigator with the ESRC research Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity: www.ethnicity.ac.uk

Supervision

I supervise, or have supervised, students working in various areas related to my research interests, and am always interested in considering supervision in relation to projects in these areas: cultural sociology including the sociology of sport; empire, imperialism and postcolonialism; the sociology of racism and anti-racism. 

Teaching

Honours

Courses on Understanding Empire, After Empire, Cultural Sociology and Black Radical Social Theory.

Additional information

Publications

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Number of items: 26.

2016

Smith, A. (2016) The window and the wardrobe: C.L.R. James and the critical reading of sport and literature. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, (doi:10.1080/17449855.2016.1203100) (Early Online Publication)

Smith, A. (2016) Racism and Everyday Life: Social Theory, History and 'Race'. Series: Palgrave pivot. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137493552

Smith, A. (2016) The Life of Captain Cipriani: An Account of British Government in the West Indies. With the Pamphlet: The Case for West Indian Self Government by C. L. R. James. Cultural Critique, [Book Review] (Accepted for Publication)

Smith, A. (2016) Racism, empire and sociology. Sociology, (doi:10.1177/0038038516641856) (Early Online Publication)

2015

Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D. and Smith, A., (Eds.) (2015) Stretching the Sociological Imagination: Essays in Honour of John Eldridge. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire. ISBN 9781137493637

Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D., and Smith, A. (2015) Stretching the sociological imagination in the neo-liberal academy. In: Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D. and Smith, A. (eds.) Stretching the Sociological Imagination: Essays in Honour of John Eldridge. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire, pp. 246-262. ISBN 9781137493637

Smith, A. (2015) Rethinking the 'everyday' in 'ethnicity and everyday life'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(7), pp. 1137-1151. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2014.987307)

Smith, A. (2015) Review of Darcus Howe: A Political Biography by Robin Bunce and Paul Field. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(3), pp. 521-523. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2014.943782) [Book Review]

Smith, A., and Simpson, L. (2015) In what ways is Scotland’s ethnic diversity distinctive. In: Simpson, L. and Jivraj, S. (eds.) Ethnic Identity and Inequalities in Britain: The dynamics of diversity. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 93-106. ISBN 9781447321811

2014

Simpson, L., and Smith, A. (2014) Who Feels Scottish: National Identities and Ethnicity in Scotland. Project Report. Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, Manchester.

2012

Smith, A. (2012) Hemmed in: on the representation of imperial defeat. Race and Class, 53(4), pp. 1-23. (doi:10.1177/0306396811433096)

Smith, A. (2012) On shopworking. New Left Review, 78, pp. 99-113.

2011

Smith, A. (2011) C.L.R. James, Vanity Fair and the audience. New Formations, 73, pp. 11-25. (doi:10.3898/NEWF.73.01.2011)

Smith, A. (2011) 'Concrete freedom' : C.L.R. James on culture and black politics. Cultural Sociology, 5(4), pp. 479-499. (doi:10.1177/1749975510391588)

Smith, A. (2011) First and second glances: working class Scottish readers and 'Things fall apart'. In: Whittaker, D. (ed.) Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart': 1958-2008. Series: Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English (137). Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 149-160. ISBN 978-90-420-3396-2

2010

Smith, A. (2010) C.L.R. James and the Study of Culture. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9780230220218

2009

Smith, A. (2009) Nigerian scam e-mails and the charms of capital. Cultural Studies, 23(1), pp. 27-47. (doi:10.1080/09502380802016162)

2006

Smith, A. (2006) 'Beyond a boundary' (of a 'Field of cultural production') - Reading C.L.R. James with Bourdieu. Theory Culture and Society, 23(4), p. 95. (doi:10.1177/0263276406065116)

Smith, A. (2006) 'If I Have No Money for Travel, I Have No Need': Migration and Imagination. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 9(1), pp. 47-62.

Smith, A. (2006) 'A conception of the beautiful': C. L. R. James' Glasgow Herald cricket articles, 1937-1938. International Journal of the History of Sport, 23(1), pp. 46-66. (doi:10.1177/0263276406065116)

Smith, A. (2006) Migrance, hybridité et études littéraires postcoloniales. In: Lazarus, N. (ed.) Penser le Postcolonial: Une Introduction Critique. Editions Amsterdam: Paris, France. ISBN 9782915547276

2005

Smith, A. (2005) Ben Okri and the freedom whose walls are closing in. Race and Class, 47(1), pp. 1-13. (doi:10.1177/0306396805055079)

Smith, A. (2005) Distance between you and your home: the estrangement of postcolonial writing. Sociological Review, 53(2), pp. 275-293.

Smith, A. (2005) Imagined diasporas among Manchester Muslims: The public performance of Pakistani transnational identity politics. Theory Culture and Society, 22(6), pp. 149-151. (doi:10.1177/0263276405059579)

2004

Smith, A. (2004) Reading against the postcolonial grain : migrancy and exile in the short stories on Kanchana Ugbabe. Research in African literatures, 35((3) fa), pp. 62-75.

2001

Smith, A. (2001) Reading Wealth in Nigeria: Occult Capitalism and Marx's Vampires. Historical Materialism(9), pp. 39-59.

This list was generated on Wed Dec 7 14:08:14 2016 GMT.
Number of items: 26.

Articles

Smith, A. (2016) The window and the wardrobe: C.L.R. James and the critical reading of sport and literature. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, (doi:10.1080/17449855.2016.1203100) (Early Online Publication)

Smith, A. (2016) Racism, empire and sociology. Sociology, (doi:10.1177/0038038516641856) (Early Online Publication)

Smith, A. (2015) Rethinking the 'everyday' in 'ethnicity and everyday life'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(7), pp. 1137-1151. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2014.987307)

Smith, A. (2012) Hemmed in: on the representation of imperial defeat. Race and Class, 53(4), pp. 1-23. (doi:10.1177/0306396811433096)

Smith, A. (2012) On shopworking. New Left Review, 78, pp. 99-113.

Smith, A. (2011) C.L.R. James, Vanity Fair and the audience. New Formations, 73, pp. 11-25. (doi:10.3898/NEWF.73.01.2011)

Smith, A. (2011) 'Concrete freedom' : C.L.R. James on culture and black politics. Cultural Sociology, 5(4), pp. 479-499. (doi:10.1177/1749975510391588)

Smith, A. (2009) Nigerian scam e-mails and the charms of capital. Cultural Studies, 23(1), pp. 27-47. (doi:10.1080/09502380802016162)

Smith, A. (2006) 'Beyond a boundary' (of a 'Field of cultural production') - Reading C.L.R. James with Bourdieu. Theory Culture and Society, 23(4), p. 95. (doi:10.1177/0263276406065116)

Smith, A. (2006) 'If I Have No Money for Travel, I Have No Need': Migration and Imagination. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 9(1), pp. 47-62.

Smith, A. (2006) 'A conception of the beautiful': C. L. R. James' Glasgow Herald cricket articles, 1937-1938. International Journal of the History of Sport, 23(1), pp. 46-66. (doi:10.1177/0263276406065116)

Smith, A. (2005) Ben Okri and the freedom whose walls are closing in. Race and Class, 47(1), pp. 1-13. (doi:10.1177/0306396805055079)

Smith, A. (2005) Distance between you and your home: the estrangement of postcolonial writing. Sociological Review, 53(2), pp. 275-293.

Smith, A. (2005) Imagined diasporas among Manchester Muslims: The public performance of Pakistani transnational identity politics. Theory Culture and Society, 22(6), pp. 149-151. (doi:10.1177/0263276405059579)

Smith, A. (2004) Reading against the postcolonial grain : migrancy and exile in the short stories on Kanchana Ugbabe. Research in African literatures, 35((3) fa), pp. 62-75.

Smith, A. (2001) Reading Wealth in Nigeria: Occult Capitalism and Marx's Vampires. Historical Materialism(9), pp. 39-59.

Books

Smith, A. (2016) Racism and Everyday Life: Social Theory, History and 'Race'. Series: Palgrave pivot. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137493552

Smith, A. (2010) C.L.R. James and the Study of Culture. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9780230220218

Book Sections

Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D., and Smith, A. (2015) Stretching the sociological imagination in the neo-liberal academy. In: Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D. and Smith, A. (eds.) Stretching the Sociological Imagination: Essays in Honour of John Eldridge. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire, pp. 246-262. ISBN 9781137493637

Smith, A., and Simpson, L. (2015) In what ways is Scotland’s ethnic diversity distinctive. In: Simpson, L. and Jivraj, S. (eds.) Ethnic Identity and Inequalities in Britain: The dynamics of diversity. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 93-106. ISBN 9781447321811

Smith, A. (2011) First and second glances: working class Scottish readers and 'Things fall apart'. In: Whittaker, D. (ed.) Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart': 1958-2008. Series: Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English (137). Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 149-160. ISBN 978-90-420-3396-2

Smith, A. (2006) Migrance, hybridité et études littéraires postcoloniales. In: Lazarus, N. (ed.) Penser le Postcolonial: Une Introduction Critique. Editions Amsterdam: Paris, France. ISBN 9782915547276

Book Reviews

Smith, A. (2016) The Life of Captain Cipriani: An Account of British Government in the West Indies. With the Pamphlet: The Case for West Indian Self Government by C. L. R. James. Cultural Critique, [Book Review] (Accepted for Publication)

Smith, A. (2015) Review of Darcus Howe: A Political Biography by Robin Bunce and Paul Field. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(3), pp. 521-523. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2014.943782) [Book Review]

Edited Books

Dawson, M., Fowler, B., Miller, D. and Smith, A., (Eds.) (2015) Stretching the Sociological Imagination: Essays in Honour of John Eldridge. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire. ISBN 9781137493637

Research Reports or Papers

Simpson, L., and Smith, A. (2014) Who Feels Scottish: National Identities and Ethnicity in Scotland. Project Report. Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, Manchester.

This list was generated on Wed Dec 7 14:08:14 2016 GMT.