Dr Matt Dawson

  • Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

telephone: 01413305169
email: Matt.Dawson@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

  • Sociological alternatives
  • Social Theory
  • Zygmunt Bauman
  • History of sociology
  • Political sociology
  • Socialist theory

Current Research

Most of my research has been primarily in the field of social theory, including questions of normativity, socialism and politics. Most recently this has involved looking at the history of 'sociological alternatives' (sociologists offering ideas for alternative societies). This includes the publication of a book entitled Social Theory for Alternative Societies (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) and a chapter on the lost history of sociological alternatives. Thinkers covered in the book include: Marx and Engels, Durkheim, Weber, Du Bois, Mead, Mannheim, Lefebvre, Marcuse, Selma James, Oakley, Dworkin, Giddens, Beck, Levitas, E.O. Wright, Burawoy and Bauman.

I was inspired into sociology by the work of Zygmunt Bauman and this work continues to fire my sociological imagination. In addition to teaching an Honours course on Bauman's work I have published multiple comments on his work touching on themes of: modernity, politics, socialism, method, agency, morality and the value of sociology. I plan to continue to be inspired by, and write on, Bauman for many years to come.

My previous research included work more specifically focused on socialist theory, most notably discussing the potential of libertarian socialism for late modern time in my monograph Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism: An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism (2013, Palgrave Macmillan) as well as articles on the socialist elements of Durkheim's project, the compartive views of socialism from Durkheim and Weber and the oft-overlooked contribution of socialist theorist G.D.H. Cole to sociology. Finally, with Bridget Fowler, David Miller and Andy Smith I co-edited the volume Stretching the Sociological Imagination (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), a festschrift for our colleague John Eldridge.

Previously, in collaboration with Susie Scott and Liz McDonnell (both from the University of Sussex), I conducted research into asexuality. This was for a project entitled A Qualitative Exploration of Asexual Identities and Practices of Intimacy funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project produced a collection of articles on asexuality related to themes such as identity, intimacy, politics and methods.


Supervision

I am interested in supervising projects in any of the following areas:

  • Social Theory
  • History of Sociology
  • Political Sociology (especially with relation to the state)
  • Neoliberalism (both in relation to political economy and everyday life)
  • Socialism (both theoretical and actually existing)

I am currently supervising doctoral projects in:

  • Etsy and Female Entreprenuerialism under Neoliberalism (Anna Clover)
  • Neoliberalism, Disability and the Welfare State in Sweden (Ida Norberg)
  • Neoliberalism and Women's Reproductive Choices (Kristina Saunders)

Teaching

Current Teaching

  • Sociological Alternatives: Ways to Change the World
  • Defamililarising the Familiar: The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman
  • Further Explorations in Social Theory
  • Class and Stratification
  • Sociology Honours Convenor

Previous Teaching

  • Social Theory
  • Current Issues in Social Theory
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Sociology of Globalization
  • Sociology of Intimacy

Additional information

Other roles


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009
Number of items: 40.

2018

Dawson, M. (2018) Book review: Sketches in the Theory of Culture. European Journal of Social Theory, (doi:10.1177/1368431018815010) [Book Review] (Early Online Publication)

Dawson, M. (2018) ‘Sociology Exists’: the importance of the history of sociology and the role of origin myths. Sociological Review: Blog, 13 Nov.

Dawson, M. (2018) Revisiting Freud as a social theorist - but which Freud? Sociology, 52(5), pp. 1103-1109. (doi:10.1177/0038038517730220) [Book Review]

May, V. and Dawson, M. (2018) Families and relationships e-Special issue introduction. Sociology, 52(4), NP1-NP10. (doi:10.1177/0038038518760427)

Dawson, M., Scott, S. and McDonnell, L. (2018) ‘”Asexual” isn’t who I am’: the politics of asexuality. Sociological Research Online, 23(2), pp. 374-391. (doi:10.1177/1360780418757540)

Dawson, M. (2018) Metaphysical Sociology: On the Work of John Carroll. Cultural Sociology, [Book Review] (In Press)

2017

Dawson, M. (2017) Book review: Syed Farid Alatas and Vineeta Sinha, Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon. Sociological Review, 65(4), pp. 905-907. (doi:10.1177/0038026117732435) [Book Review]

McDonnell, L., Scott, S. and Dawson, M. (2017) A multidimensional view? Evaluating the different and combined contributions of diaries and interviews in an exploration of asexual identities and intimacies. Qualitative Research, 17(5), pp. 520-536. (doi:10.1177/1468794116676516)

Dawson, M., Scott, S. and McDonnell, L. (2017) Freedom and foreclosure: intimate consequences for asexual identities. Families, Relationships and Societies, (doi:10.1332/204674317X15011694317558) (Early Online Publication)

Dawson, M. (2017) Bringing it all back home: Zygmunt Bauman on modernity. [Website]

Dawson, M. (2017) A salute to the ‘exegetical Giddens’: Durkheim scholar. [Website]

Dawson, M. (2017) Book review: Restoring the Classic in Sociology: Traditions, Texts and the Canon. Journal of Classical Sociology, 17(3), pp. 256-261. (doi:10.1177/1468795X17691393) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2017) Morality as rebellion: towards a partial reconciliation of Bauman and Durkheim. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 18(3), pp. 255-273. (doi:10.1080/1600910X.2017.1381133)

Dawson, M., McDonnell, L. and Scott, S. (2017) Note on recruitment as an ethical question: lessons from a project on asexuality. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(3), pp. 255-261. (doi:10.1080/13645579.2017.1287871)

2016

Dawson, M. (2016) "An Army of Civil Servants": Max Weber and Émile Durkheim on socialism. Journal of Historical Sociology, 29(4), pp. 525-549. (doi:10.1111/johs.12088)

Dawson, M. (2016) Keeping other options alive: Zygmunt Bauman, hermeneutics and sociological alternatives. In: Jacobsen, M. H. (ed.) Beyond Bauman: Creative Engagements and Creative Excursions. Series: Classical and contemporary social theory. Routledge: London, pp. 224-242. ISBN 9781472476111

Dawson, M. (2016) Jeremy Corbyn, the PLP and historical visions of the Labour Party. Discover Society(37), 4 Oct.

Scott, S., McDonnell, L. and Dawson, M. (2016) Stories of non-becoming: non-issues, non-events and non-identities in asexual lives. Symbolic Interaction, 39(2), pp. 268-286. (doi:10.1002/SYMB.215)

Dawson, M. (2016) Social Theory for Alternative Societies. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire. ISBN 9781137337337

Dawson, M., McDonnell, L. and Scott, S. (2016) Negotiating the boundaries of intimacy: the personal lives of asexual people. Sociological Review, 64(2), pp. 349-365. (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12362)

Masquelier, C. and Dawson, M. (2016) Beyond capitalism and liberal democracy: on the relevance of GDH Cole’s sociological critique and alternative. Current Sociology, 64(1), pp. 3-21. (doi:10.1177/0011392115588354)

2015

Dawson, M. (2015) 'An Apotheosis of Well-Being': Durkheim on austerity and double-dip recessions. Journal of Classical Sociology, 15(4), pp. 321-336. (doi:10.1177/1468795X15572277)

Dawson, M. (2015) Sociology as conversation: Zygmunt Bauman’s applied sociological hermeneutics. Sociology, 49(3), pp. 582-587. (doi:10.1177/0038038513517318) [Book Review]

Scott, S. and Dawson, M. (2015) Rethinking asexuality: a symbolic interactionist account. Sexualities, 18(1-2), pp. 3-19. (doi:10.1177/1363460714531273)

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. (2015) On the (alternative) worlds that we have lost: sociology and the third way revisited. 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. 101-119. 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

Dawson, M. and Masquelier, C. (2015) G.D.H. Cole: Sociology, politics, empowerment and 'How to be socially good'. In: Law, A. and Lybeck, E. R. (eds.) Sociological Amnesia: Cross-Currents in Disciplinary History. Series: Classical and contemporary social theory. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 125-140. ISBN 9781472442345

2014

McNeill, F. and Dawson, M. (2014) Social solidarity, penal evolution and probation. British Journal of Criminology, 54(5), pp. 892-907. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azu042)

Scott, S., McDonnell, L. and Dawson, M. (2014) Asexual lives: social relationships and intimate encounters. Discover Society(9),

Scott, S., Dawson, M. and Newmahr, S. (2014) A symbolic interactionist approach to asexuality. In: Weinberg, T. and Newmahr, S. (eds.) Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology. Sage, pp. 215-226. ISBN 9781452276656

2013

Dawson, M. (2013) 'Autonomous functions of all countries, unite! You have nothing to lose but your economic anomie!' Emile Durkheim’s libertarian socialist critique. Critical Sociology, 39(5), pp. 689-704. (doi:10.1177/0896920512440109)

Dawson, M. (2013) Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter (eds.) (2012), The Big Society Debate: A New Agenda for Social Welfare? Journal of Social Policy, 42(3), pp. 659-660. (doi:10.1017/S0047279413000172) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2013) Against the Big Society: a Durkheimian socialist critique. Critical Social Policy, 33(1), pp. 78-96. (doi:10.1177/0261018312439364)

Dawson, M. (2013) Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism: An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137003416

2012

Dawson, M. (2012) Optimism and agency in the sociology of Zygmunt Bauman. European Journal of Social Theory, 15(4), pp. 555-570. (doi:10.1177/1368431012437480)

Dawson, M. (2012) Reviewing the critique of individualization: the embedded and disembedded theses. Acta Sociologica, 55(4), pp. 305-319. (doi:10.1177/0001699312447634)

2010

Dawson, M. (2010) Review of 'New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work' by Kevin Doogan. European Journal of Social Theory, 13(2), pp. 290-295. (doi:10.1177/13684310100130021102) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2010) Bauman, Beck, Giddens and our understanding of politics in late modernity. Journal of Power, 3(2), pp. 189-207. (doi:10.1080/17540291.2010.493698)

2009

Dawson, M. (2009) Review of 'The Art of Life' by Zygmunt Bauman. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(4), pp. 571-576. (doi:10.1177/1368431009345044) [Book Review]

This list was generated on Thu Feb 21 07:22:22 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 40.

Articles

Dawson, M. (2018) ‘Sociology Exists’: the importance of the history of sociology and the role of origin myths. Sociological Review: Blog, 13 Nov.

May, V. and Dawson, M. (2018) Families and relationships e-Special issue introduction. Sociology, 52(4), NP1-NP10. (doi:10.1177/0038038518760427)

Dawson, M., Scott, S. and McDonnell, L. (2018) ‘”Asexual” isn’t who I am’: the politics of asexuality. Sociological Research Online, 23(2), pp. 374-391. (doi:10.1177/1360780418757540)

McDonnell, L., Scott, S. and Dawson, M. (2017) A multidimensional view? Evaluating the different and combined contributions of diaries and interviews in an exploration of asexual identities and intimacies. Qualitative Research, 17(5), pp. 520-536. (doi:10.1177/1468794116676516)

Dawson, M., Scott, S. and McDonnell, L. (2017) Freedom and foreclosure: intimate consequences for asexual identities. Families, Relationships and Societies, (doi:10.1332/204674317X15011694317558) (Early Online Publication)

Dawson, M. (2017) Morality as rebellion: towards a partial reconciliation of Bauman and Durkheim. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 18(3), pp. 255-273. (doi:10.1080/1600910X.2017.1381133)

Dawson, M., McDonnell, L. and Scott, S. (2017) Note on recruitment as an ethical question: lessons from a project on asexuality. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(3), pp. 255-261. (doi:10.1080/13645579.2017.1287871)

Dawson, M. (2016) "An Army of Civil Servants": Max Weber and Émile Durkheim on socialism. Journal of Historical Sociology, 29(4), pp. 525-549. (doi:10.1111/johs.12088)

Dawson, M. (2016) Jeremy Corbyn, the PLP and historical visions of the Labour Party. Discover Society(37), 4 Oct.

Scott, S., McDonnell, L. and Dawson, M. (2016) Stories of non-becoming: non-issues, non-events and non-identities in asexual lives. Symbolic Interaction, 39(2), pp. 268-286. (doi:10.1002/SYMB.215)

Dawson, M., McDonnell, L. and Scott, S. (2016) Negotiating the boundaries of intimacy: the personal lives of asexual people. Sociological Review, 64(2), pp. 349-365. (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12362)

Masquelier, C. and Dawson, M. (2016) Beyond capitalism and liberal democracy: on the relevance of GDH Cole’s sociological critique and alternative. Current Sociology, 64(1), pp. 3-21. (doi:10.1177/0011392115588354)

Dawson, M. (2015) 'An Apotheosis of Well-Being': Durkheim on austerity and double-dip recessions. Journal of Classical Sociology, 15(4), pp. 321-336. (doi:10.1177/1468795X15572277)

Scott, S. and Dawson, M. (2015) Rethinking asexuality: a symbolic interactionist account. Sexualities, 18(1-2), pp. 3-19. (doi:10.1177/1363460714531273)

McNeill, F. and Dawson, M. (2014) Social solidarity, penal evolution and probation. British Journal of Criminology, 54(5), pp. 892-907. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azu042)

Scott, S., McDonnell, L. and Dawson, M. (2014) Asexual lives: social relationships and intimate encounters. Discover Society(9),

Dawson, M. (2013) 'Autonomous functions of all countries, unite! You have nothing to lose but your economic anomie!' Emile Durkheim’s libertarian socialist critique. Critical Sociology, 39(5), pp. 689-704. (doi:10.1177/0896920512440109)

Dawson, M. (2013) Against the Big Society: a Durkheimian socialist critique. Critical Social Policy, 33(1), pp. 78-96. (doi:10.1177/0261018312439364)

Dawson, M. (2012) Optimism and agency in the sociology of Zygmunt Bauman. European Journal of Social Theory, 15(4), pp. 555-570. (doi:10.1177/1368431012437480)

Dawson, M. (2012) Reviewing the critique of individualization: the embedded and disembedded theses. Acta Sociologica, 55(4), pp. 305-319. (doi:10.1177/0001699312447634)

Dawson, M. (2010) Bauman, Beck, Giddens and our understanding of politics in late modernity. Journal of Power, 3(2), pp. 189-207. (doi:10.1080/17540291.2010.493698)

Books

Dawson, M. (2016) Social Theory for Alternative Societies. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire. ISBN 9781137337337

Dawson, M. (2013) Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism: An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137003416

Book Sections

Dawson, M. (2016) Keeping other options alive: Zygmunt Bauman, hermeneutics and sociological alternatives. In: Jacobsen, M. H. (ed.) Beyond Bauman: Creative Engagements and Creative Excursions. Series: Classical and contemporary social theory. Routledge: London, pp. 224-242. ISBN 9781472476111

Dawson, M. (2015) On the (alternative) worlds that we have lost: sociology and the third way revisited. 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. 101-119. 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

Dawson, M. and Masquelier, C. (2015) G.D.H. Cole: Sociology, politics, empowerment and 'How to be socially good'. In: Law, A. and Lybeck, E. R. (eds.) Sociological Amnesia: Cross-Currents in Disciplinary History. Series: Classical and contemporary social theory. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 125-140. ISBN 9781472442345

Scott, S., Dawson, M. and Newmahr, S. (2014) A symbolic interactionist approach to asexuality. In: Weinberg, T. and Newmahr, S. (eds.) Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology. Sage, pp. 215-226. ISBN 9781452276656

Book Reviews

Dawson, M. (2018) Book review: Sketches in the Theory of Culture. European Journal of Social Theory, (doi:10.1177/1368431018815010) [Book Review] (Early Online Publication)

Dawson, M. (2018) Revisiting Freud as a social theorist - but which Freud? Sociology, 52(5), pp. 1103-1109. (doi:10.1177/0038038517730220) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2018) Metaphysical Sociology: On the Work of John Carroll. Cultural Sociology, [Book Review] (In Press)

Dawson, M. (2017) Book review: Syed Farid Alatas and Vineeta Sinha, Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon. Sociological Review, 65(4), pp. 905-907. (doi:10.1177/0038026117732435) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2017) Book review: Restoring the Classic in Sociology: Traditions, Texts and the Canon. Journal of Classical Sociology, 17(3), pp. 256-261. (doi:10.1177/1468795X17691393) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2015) Sociology as conversation: Zygmunt Bauman’s applied sociological hermeneutics. Sociology, 49(3), pp. 582-587. (doi:10.1177/0038038513517318) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2013) Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter (eds.) (2012), The Big Society Debate: A New Agenda for Social Welfare? Journal of Social Policy, 42(3), pp. 659-660. (doi:10.1017/S0047279413000172) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2010) Review of 'New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work' by Kevin Doogan. European Journal of Social Theory, 13(2), pp. 290-295. (doi:10.1177/13684310100130021102) [Book Review]

Dawson, M. (2009) Review of 'The Art of Life' by Zygmunt Bauman. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(4), pp. 571-576. (doi:10.1177/1368431009345044) [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

Website

Dawson, M. (2017) Bringing it all back home: Zygmunt Bauman on modernity. [Website]

Dawson, M. (2017) A salute to the ‘exegetical Giddens’: Durkheim scholar. [Website]

This list was generated on Thu Feb 21 07:22:22 2019 GMT.