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Paul Sweetman

Dr Paul Sweetman

Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1870 
Culture, Media and Creative Industries
King’s College London
2.06 Chesham Building
Strand Campus
WC2R 2LS  


Paul Sweetman joined CMCI in January 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries. He was previously Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton (2000 – 2010), and, before that, Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Durham (1998 -1999). His PhD was in Sociology, focusing on contemporary forms of body modification (University of Southampton, 1999), and he also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology from the University of Manchester (1993) and an MA in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture from the University of York (1994). His first degree was in Economics with Economic History, from the University of Sussex (1989), following which he also worked as a Financial Statistics Analyst at the Bank of England.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Cultural sociology and the sociology of culture
  • Social and cultural theory (particularly with reference to habitus, reflexivity and sociality)
  • Subcultures
  • The body and identity
  • Fashion and consumption
  • Visual methods and methodology
  • Ethics, representation and recognition

Paul Sweetman’s research interests centre around cultural sociology and the sociology of culture. He has written and published on social and cultural theory (particularly with reference to habitus, reflexivity and sociality), subcultures, the body and identity, fashion and consumption, and visual methods and methodology, and is also interested in issues of ethics, representation and recognition.

Paul is happy to consider proposals for PhD research linked to any or all of his key research interests as listed above.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Caroline Knowles & Paul Sweetman (eds) (2004) Picturing the Social Landscape: Visual Methods and the Sociological Imagination, London: Routledge 
  • Paul Sweetman (2009) 'Revealing Habitus, Illuminating Practice: Bourdieu, Photography and Visual Methods', The Sociological Review, (special issue on Post-colonial Bourdieu), 57 (3): 491-511
  • Paul Sweetman (2007) 'Nekotorye soobrazhenia po povody visualnoi sotsiologii, visualnoi antropologii i visualnyh metodov issledoviania' ('Some thoughts on visual sociology, visual anthropology and visual methods of research'). Antropologichesky Forum (Forum for Anthropology and Culture), 7, 89-98
  • Paul Sweetman (2003) ‘Twenty-First Century Dis-Ease? Habitual Reflexivity or the Reflexive Habitus’, The Sociological Review , 51 (4): 528-549
For a complete list of publications, please see Paul's full research profile


Paul’s currently teaches an option module on the MA CCI programme, Fashion, Culture & Society, and contributes to the core modules Contested Culture: Formations and Analysing the Cultural and Creative Industries.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Paul is a founder member and co-convenor (with David Gauntlett) of the BSA Visual Sociology Study Group, and co-editor (with Caroline Knowles) of Picturing the Social Landscape (Routledge 2004). He has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Visual Studies, the Journal of the International Visual Studies Association, since 2008, and was a member of the Editorial Board of Sociology, flagship journal of the British Sociological Association, between 2003 and 2005.
His most recent empirical work includes City Portraits, a large scale public artwork and associated research project, developed in collaboration with artist Laura Hensser and colleagues at the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton.

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