Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR)
Professor Barry Smart
Professor of Sociology
Barry has worked at universities in Australia, England, Japan and New Zealand. He was at the University of Sheffield until 1988 and was then Associate-Professor at Auckland University before joining Portsmouth in 1995. Areas of research interest and expertise include classical and contemporary social thought, critical theory, fiscal sociology and economic transformation of modernity, cultural and economic analyses of consumption, environmental consequences of consumerism, as well as social and historical analyses of sport.
Recent publications include
- 2013 Observation Methods, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Series, 4 Volumes.
- 2013 Sociology, Phenomenology and Marxian Analysis: A Critical Discussion of the Theory and Practice of a Science of Society, Routledge.
- 2011 The Sport Star: Modern Sport and the Cultural Economy of Sporting Celebrity. Weber Publication International Ltd. (Chinese ed.)
- 2011 Post-Industrial Society 4 Volumes, Sage.
- 2010 Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences. Sage
- 2005 The Sport Star: Modern Sport and the Cultural Economy of Sporting Celebrity. Sage.
- 2003 Economy, Culture and Society. Open University Press.
- 2002 Michel Foucault: Revised Edition. Routledge.
- 2001 Handbook of Social Theory. Sage, (co-editor).
Recent journal articles and book chapters include
- `Editor’s introduction: observation methods and social research’, with Dr Kay Peggs and Dr Joseph Burridge in Observation Methods, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Series, 4 Volumes 2013, pp xxv-xlv.
- `Sustaining: the environment’, in Being Sociological (second edition) edited by S Matthewman, L West-Newman and B Curtis: Palgrave-Macmillan 2013, pp 331-350.
- 'Global sporting icons: consuming signs of economic and cultural transformation', in the Blackwell Companion to Sport edited by David L Andrews and Ben Carrington, Wiley-Blackwell 2013, pp 513-531
- 'Fiscal crisis and creative destruction: critical reflections on Schumpeter's contemporary relevance', Journal of Classical Sociology 2012
- `Late Capitalism' in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization Vol III, edited by G. Ritzer, Chichester, John Wiley & Sons, 2012, pp 1276-1280.
- ‘Another “great transformation” or common ruin?’, Theory, Culture & Society 2011 Vol. 28 No. 2, pp 131-151.
- `Global sport and the cultural economy of late capitalism: Play, spectacle, and profit’, in Being Cultural edited by B Cohen, Pearson Press, New Zealand 2011, pp 257-272.
- ‘Economics, politics and sociology: On the contribution of J K Galbraith’s unconventional wisdom to the discourse of classical sociology - Journal of Classical Sociology 2009, Vol. 9 No.3 pp 337-346 .
- ‘Made in America: the unsustainable all-consuming global free-market “utopia”’ in Globalization and Utopia edited by P Hayden and C el-Ojeili, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2009, pp 117-136.
- ‘(Dis)interring postmodernism or a critique of the political economy of consumer choice’, in Reconstructing Postmodernism edited by T. Owen and J Powell, published by Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2007, pp 167-186.
- ‘Not playing around: global capitalism, modern sport and consumer culture’ in Global Networks journal, special edition on ‘Globalization and Sport’ edited by Roland Robertson and Richard Giulianotti, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2007, pp 113-134.
- ‘Freedom without responsibility: the culture of the market and the demoralisation of social life’, in The Moralization of the Markets, edited by Nico Stehr, Christoph Henning and Bernd Weiler, Transaction Books, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2006, pp 29-51.
- ‘Modernity and Postmodernity’, in Austin Harrington (ed.) Modern Social Theory, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005, pp 252-272.
- ‘Empowering the powerful, enriching the rich: on neo-liberalism, economic globalization and social criticism’, in Confronting Globalization:: Humanity, Justice and the Renewal of Politics , edited by Patrick Hayden and Chamsy el-Ojeili, Palgrave, London, 2005, pp 68-83.
- ‘An Economic Turn: Galbraith and Classical Sociology’, Journal of Classical Sociology, Vol 3 (1), 2003, pp 47-66.
- ‘Accounting for Anxiety: Economic and cultural imperatives transforming university life’ in The McDonaldization of Higher Education edited by D Hayes and R Wynyard, 2002, Bergin and Garvey, London , pp 43-56.
- ‘A political economy of new times? Critical reflections on the network society and the ethos of informational capitalism’, European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2000, pp 51-65.
- Barry has published in a wide range of prestigious journals such as Theory, Culture & Society, European Journal of Social Theory, Body & Society, International Sociology, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Thesis Eleven and the Journal of Classical Sociology. He is currently a member of the international advisory editorial boards of Theory, Culture and Society, European Journal of Social Theory, Journal of Classical Sociology and International Journal of Japanese Sociology. He is also a member of the International Sociological Association.
Main Undergraduate Teaching Commitments
Barry convenes and teaches a core level two social theory unit Classical Sociology, a core level three social theory unit The Transformation of Modern Society as well as an optional course on Consumer Society at level three. In addition he contributes to a level one unit Sociological Analysis and a level two unit Global Sociology. He has also taught courses on Sport, Leisure and Culture and Football and Society.
Higher Degree Teaching/Supervision
Barry contributes to MA courses and offers PhD supervision in the areas of classical and contemporary social thought, critical theory, social and economic transformation, contemporary consumer culture, including environmental issues, and the cultural economy of sport.
- 2013: Editorial Advisory Board of Open Access Books in Sociology published by Versita.
- 2007-date : International Advisory Board Member of Journal of Classical Sociology, published by Sage – invited back by Bryan Turner and John O’Neill to help transform journal’s scope and appeal
- 1998-date : International Advisory Board Member of European Journal of Social Theory, published by Sage.
- 1993-date : International Advisory Board Member of International Journal of Japanese Sociology, published by the Japanese Sociological Society.
- 1987-date : Associate Editorial Board Member of Theory, Culture and Society - international interdisciplinary social science journal published by Sage.