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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Steve Bailey

Media & Culture

University   York University
E-Mail Address   bailey@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 33808
Office Location   3012 TEL Building
Office Hours   TBA


Education

A.B. Art (Bard College); M.A. Cinema Studies (Iowa); M.A. Popular Culture (Bowling Green State); Ph.D. Speech Communication (Illinois)

Biography

My research interests are in the intersections of critical cultural theory, especially psychoanalysis and sociological theory, and contemporary media culture. My current research explores connections between the work of dramaturgical sociologists (especially Erving Goffman) and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, particularly in relationship to issues of social performance and technology. My wider interests are eclectic; I have published on psychoanalytic theory and media culture, aesthetics and post-punk musical culture, media fan culture, teen cinema, and the internet’s rhetorical ironies. I am generally interested in experimenting with unorthodox theoretical combinations and blending high/low culture, old/new theory, and sociological/philosophical perspectives. I would also align myself at least partly with a somewhat traditional humanistic worldview as regards academic culture and scholarly endeavors.

Research Interests

Psychoanalysis, Audiences, Philosophy, Aesthetics, Culture.

Selected Publications

Media Audiences and Identity: Self-Construction in the Fan Experience (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2005)

"Performing Theory in the Theatre of Hypermodernity: Dramaturgy and Pragmatism in the Urban Present," Alternative Histories of Urban Consumption (Mille Tre Verlag, 2008)

"Overcoming the Textual: Resocializing the Unconscious for the Study of Media and Culture," Discourse of Sociological Practice 5 #1 (Spring 2003)

"Identity, Intersection, Irony: Doubling the Self in the Digital Age," Internet Research Annual 2.0 (Peter Lang, 2003)

Link to personal website: www.arts.yorku.ca/huma/bailey

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan