Staff Profile


Professor Shane Blackman

Professor of Cultural Studies

School: School of Creative Arts & Industries

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922558

Profile summary

Before starting my career in sociology and cultural studies I worked in the music industry as a manager of an Our Price Records store in Oxford Street, London. I was an ESRC scholarship student at the Institute of Education, University of London and awarded my Ph.D in Sociology in 1990. I was supervised by Professor Basil Bernstein, my second supervisor was Professor Phil Cohen, my Examiners were: Professor Laurie Taylor and Professor David Downes.

My first academic appointment was at the Institute of Education, on a feminist action-based research project: Girls and Occupational Choice ESRC funded directed by Dr. Lynne Chisholm and Dr Janet Holland.  I have previously held posts at the University of Surrey and University of Greenwich.

I have conducted research projects into sociological and ethnographic aspects of young people's culture, undertaking funded research for the Home Office, London Health Authorities, the Kent Constabulary and local authorities in Kent. a consultant for the British Board of Film Classification (London) and I am also a Research Associate at Goldsmiths, Sociology Department, University of London. 

CURRENT Ph.D Research Students

I am currently supervising Ph.D research students on the following topics:ethnography and schooling, health and ethnography, youth work, youth culture alcohol and drugs, cultural shopping, popular music production & consumption, computer games, piracy and youth and young Asians and sexuality. I have supervised 8 PhD students to successful completion; I have been an external examiner of PhDs at  Brunel, Kent, Reading and Teesside, and  internally examined 10 PhDs at Surrey University and Canterbury Christ Church University, including 2 Practice Based PhDs.

Anyone interested in undertaking MPhil/PhD studies in these areas should contact Shane: 

Research interests include ethnography, social and cultural theory, youth cultures and subcultures, popular music, drug war politics, drug education and prevention, schooling, feminist theory, homeless young people and social exclusion.  

Research and knowledge exchange

Journal/Editorial Experience

ESRC Peer Review College 2010 -

Associate Editor: Journal of Youth Studies, 2011 -

Associate Editor: YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 2012


Editorial Board: Journal of Youth Studies, 1988 - 2011.

Editorial Board: YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 2012

Editorial Board: Sociology, 2010 -

Editorial Board Associate: Sociology, 2006 - 2008.

Editorial Board: Images, YMCA Journal of Reflective Practice, 1995-2004.

Editorial Board: Journal of Youth and Policy, 1993-1998.

Editorial Board: Journal of Comprehensive Education, 1985-1991.


Also referee papers for the following journals:

The Sociological Quarterly (USA)

Qualitative Sociology (USA)

American Journal of Law and Social Inquiry (University of Chicago)

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture (USA)

International Journal of Drug Policy

Journal of Addiction Research and Theory

Journal of Social Policy

Emotion, Space and Society

International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology

Crime, Media, Culture: an International Journal

International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Gender and Education

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Drugs and Alcohol Today



Journal of Youth Studies

Sociological Research Online

Sociology Compass

YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Research

Publications and research outputs

Blackman, S. (1995) Youth: positions and oppositions - style, sexuality and schooling, Aldershot: Avebury Press. (269).

Blackman, S. (1996) Drugs Education and the National Curriculum, Home Office, Drugs Prevention Paper 11, Central Drugs Prevention Unit: Home Office London. (1996: 74).

Blackman, S. (1997) "Destructing a Giro": a critical and ethnographic study of the youth ‘underclass’, Youth, the 'Underclass' and Social Exclusion (ed.) MacDonald, R. London: Routledge. (113-129).

Blackman, S. (1998) "Poxy Cupid" : an ethnographic and feminist account of a resistant female youth culture - the New Wave Girls, in Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Cultures, (eds.) Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. London: Routledge. (207-228).

Blackman, S. (2004) "Chilling Out": the cultural politics of substance consumption, youth and drug policy. Maidenhead: McGrawHill-Open University Press, (230).

Blackman, S. (2005) Youth Subcultural Theory: a critical engagement with the concept, its origins and politics, from the Chicago School to post modernism, Journal of Youth Studies, 8, 1, (1-20).

Blackman, S. (2007) 'Hidden  Ethnography': crossing  emotional  borders  in  qualitative  accounts  of young  people's  lives, Sociology, Vol.41, No. 4: (699-716).

Shildrick, T. MacDonald, R. and Blackman, S. (2010) (eds.) Young People, Class and Place. London: Routledge. (140).


Blackman, S. (2010) ‘Drug War Politics: governing culture through prohibition, intoxicants as customary practice and the challenge of drug normalisation,’ SociologyCompass, Vol. 4, Issue 10: 841–855, October, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.


Blackman, S. (2010)  ‘The Ethnographic Mosaic’ of the Chicago School: critically locating Vivien Palmer, Clifford Shaw and Frederic Thrasher’s research methods in contemporary reflexive sociological interpretation, in Hart, C. (ed) The Legacy of the Chicago School of Sociology. Kingswinsford: Midrash Publishing, (195-215).


Blackman, S. and Commane, G. (2012) Double reflexivity: the politics of fieldwork and representation within ethnographic studies of young people, in Heath, S. and Walker, C. (eds.)  Innovations in Researching Youth, London: Palgrave, (229-247).


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