Shane Blackman

Shane Blackman
Canterbury Christ Church University · Department of Media, Art and Design

PhD Sociology

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Education
October 1982 - March 1990
Institute of Education, University of London.
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (61)
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The aim of this study was to examine how patients make sense of their embodiment with a partially anaesthetised body during their surgical experience in what (Goffman, Asylums: Essays on the social situation of mental patients and other inmates, Doubleday, 1961) refers to as the ‘repair cycle’. The operating theatre is an example of a complex medic...
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Clifford Shaw’s (1930) The Jack-Roller is a landmark study of naturalism, ethnography and crime. It is the ‘own story’ of Stanley—a young delinquent in Chicago. Shaw’s series of ethnographic studies on delinquency sought to humanize deviance in opposition to pathological understandings of delinquency. The article looks on the representation of crim...
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This commentary discusses the methodological utility of ethnography within the medical space. Whilst a general consensus affirms that ethnography aligns with qualitative approaches, as identified within the existing medical literature, here, we demonstrate how quantitative [positivist] methods can also be incorporated. This paper begins by contextu...
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The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted everyone’s lives—young and old. When the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and one country after another went into lockdown, we as editors of YOUNG and youth researchers living in five different countries naturally started to think about and reflect on what...
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This article interrogates the following two concepts: the ‘subcultural imagination’ and the ‘subcultural subject’. We explore debates surrounding the ways in which interactions between the researcher and participant produce knowledge, in order to further establish the critical contribution of subculture within sociology. This article draws upon the...
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The term ‘hyperlocal’ has become part of internet-era local news media vocabulary. In the UK, it symbolizes a twenty-first century style of community news provision which exists on the margins of the local media ecosystem. Mainstream media has lost traction in the ultra-local space, which has been increasingly populated by independent operators. Th...
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This chapter explores Dick Hebdige’s approach towards subculture from his MA thesis, Aspects of Style in the Deviant Subcultures of the Sixties, at the University of Birmingham, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) to his more recent University of California, Santa Barbara, Desert Studies based on the development of ‘repurposing subcultu...
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This methodological commentary focuses on the use of ethnography for health and rehabilitation practitioners. In recent years, ethnography has become a methodology of choice amongst diagnostic radiography researchers at uncovering phenomena pertinent to the clinical setting. This paper adds to the evidence base by providing not only a methodology a...
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In this special edition on popular music, we seek to explore Simon Frith’s (1978, The sociology of rock, London, UK: Constable, p. 39) argument that: ‘Music’s presence in youth culture is established but not its purpose’. ‘Songs that sing the crisis’ captures contemporary accounts, which build upon popular music’s legacy, courage and sheer determin...
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Sex education and relationship strategy of the U.K. allows parents to withdraw their children from sex education, which has left many young people especially those from Black Minority and Ethnic communities with low or no sex education. Similarly, the government's policy environment enables faith schools to teach these subjects under the tenets of...
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Introduction: This article explores two phenomena in the general radiography environment-the increasing use of digital side markers (DSMs) by radiographers and the possibility for radiographers to "crop" radiographs post-exposure. This article offers originality by identifying the rationales of radiographers when using digital equipment. Methods:...
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The term Canterbury Sound emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s to refer to a signature style within psychedelic and progressive rock developed by bands such as Caravan and Soft Machine as well as key artists including Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers. This chapter explores Canterbury as a metaphor and reality, a symbolic space of music inspiration...
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Salerno, Roger. 2017. Boyhood and Delinquency in 1920s Chicago: A Sociological Study of Juvenile Jack-Rollers and Gender. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company. 208 pp. $35.00. ISBN 978-1-4766-6341-8 (paperback); ISBN 978-1-4766-2717- 5 (e-book)
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Aim: This article examines the impact of new psychoactive substances (NPS) on drug service interventions using a case study of professional practitioners in South East England. We assess how professionals seek to develop an innovative approach towards providing ‘sensible drug information.’ Methodology: The research methods include observations, and...
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Introduction Since the discovery of X-rays by Rontgen in 1895, lead (Pb) has been used to limit ionising radiation for both operators and patients due to its high density and high atomic number (Z = 82). This study explores the attitudes and perceptions of diagnostic radiographers applying Pb protection during general radiographic examinations, an...
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Tabloid headlines such as 'Anti-social Feral Youth,' 'Vile Products of Welfare in the UK' and 'One in Four Adolescents is a Criminal' have in recent years obscured understanding of what social justice means for young people and how they experience it. Youth marginality in Britain offers a new perspective by promoting young people's voices and under...
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Contemporary issues affecting the UK In this final chapter, we consider some of the contemporary issues affecting young adults in the UK as a result of economic insecurity post-Brexit. This is followed by three sections that address marginality in terms of: • • austerity measures targeting young people; • • the critical intersections of social cla...
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Blackman and Rogers presents a textual analysis of the media representations of young people in newspapers and TV reality programmes. They argue that there has been a normalisation of youth austerity through entertainment. Using film theory they assert that the ‘returned gaze’ of youth positioned in austerity, both challenges and pushes young peopl...
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Blackman and Rogers critically examines the use of popular images within the media whereby government have adopted punitive sanctions towards young adults in Britain. They develop a theoretical analysis of advanced youth marginality through the work of Loic Wacquant and John Westergaard related to anomie. They address the bio-political similarities...
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Introduction: ‘austerity isn't over’ This introductory chapter will contextualise some of the key theoretical developments relating to young people's experiences of social marginalisation in Britain. First, we examine the disparity between populist labels used by government and media to describe young people who experience marginality in the UK. Se...
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Introduction This chapter focuses on how newspaper headlines and reality TV programmes exploit forms of popular culture such as successful television series to convey a political and moral message that reinforces the marginality of young adults in society. Critically, we call upon the ‘returned gaze’ of youth positioned in austerity, to show how yo...
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The book critically engages with neo-liberal policies and media representations of youth austerity as a constructed social crisis but remaining the mechanism used by both government and media to exert control over young adults; It explores the diversity of intersections relating to youth marginality across social class, gender and racial boundaries...
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Objective: This article explores image acquisition with DDR. General radiographic technology continues to advance therefore it remains paramount to continually reflect on DDR hardware and software amongst radiographers in an imaging modality that constitutes approximately 90% of all radiological examinations. Method: This article reports finding...
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The aim of this paper will be to consider the rise and subsequent fall in NPS use at national and local level with a focus on synthetic cannabinoid products in Kent. We will examine the local practice and policy responses by Kent’s Young Persons’ Drug and Alcohol Service towards a possible change in patterns of NPS drug consumption. The county has...
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Aim and objective: It is argued whether general radiographic examinations adhere to a person-centred approach within the direct digital radiography (DDR) environment. General radiographic examinations continue to increase and constitute approximately 90% of all examinations undertaken in the clinical environment. This study explored the potential i...
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This chapter is a critical feminist exploration of the social relations of gender and alcohol use by young adult women and men. Through employing ethnographic moments from two studies in the South-East of England, this chapter seeks to challenge the notion of gender convergence between young people’s drinking in the UK night-time economy. These stu...
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Introduction This chapter is a feminist exploration of alcohol consumption by young adults, focusing on new patterns of alcohol consumption shaped by the social relations of gender. We seek to restore a sense of agency to young women's alcohol consumption, and show how feminine drinking practices have begun to impact upon consumption by young men....
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Issues of gender and alcohol are approached in ways which demonstrate the need to look differently at our understandings of women’s alcohol use. The use of a social model enables contributing authors to challenge medical models and position them within a political context. Prejudice and injustice are addressed, including the marginalization of wome...
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The book is introduced by Prefessor Elizabeth Ettorre and edited by Dr. Patsy Staddon, who recovered from alcohol issues in 1988. It includes chapters by Laura Serrant, looking at Black Caribbean women and alcohol (mis)use, Lydia Lewis, on adult community learning responses to women’s alcohol problems, and other chapters on the history of moral reg...
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Activities that previous generations engaged in as a rite of passage are now regarded as not just anti-social but as risk factors to predict potential misdeanours. Drawing on Ian Hacking’s (1986) notions of ‘making up people’ that is classifying people through ‘looping effects’ (Hacking 1996), we examine the way that the recreational drug use of yo...
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Subcultures attract attention in culture, society, and the media because they have been theorized as not merely distinct from, but also in opposition to, the dominant culture. In the United States and the United Kingdom the concept of subculture has been a major explanatory tool for sociology and criminology to understand deviant behavior. For near...
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This chapter is a joint production focused on the politics of fieldwork and the representation of young people in ethnography. The paper brings together the Ph.D. supervisor and the doctoral student, focused on three thematic issues derived from their separate fieldwork: risk, friendship and integrity. We look across the different research sites an...
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This chapter works within the theoretical framework developed by Stan Cohen (1972) to describe youth intoxication as a moral panic but my focus is not on negative representations. I shall examine how young people’s intoxication makes for an effective strategy of regulation by government and the media through the promotion of representations of yout...
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This article on the American administration’s war on drugs policy uses an interdisciplinary approach to assess the assumptions of drug prohibition. It applies a historical and contemporary analysis to the issue of drugs in society. It will explore new ways of thinking about drug war politics, aiming to address drugs as a source of political state r...
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This article provides a new reading of the crossover between youth subculture and drug consumption, and seeks to demonstrate that drug prohibition has entered a legitimation crisis in social and political policy (Habermas, 1975). This article argues that contemporary drug normalisation is at the centre of the apparent failure of drug prohibition to...
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1. Young people, class and place Tracy Shildrick, Shane Blackman and Robert MacDonald 2. Constructions of the working-class 'Other' among urban, white, middle-class youth: 'chavs', subculture and the valuing of education Sumi Hollingworth and Katya Williams 3. Who needs enemies with friends like these? The importance of place for young people livin...
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In sociology, the movement towards acceptance of emotion within research has been a slow process. Often referred to as the 'reflexive' turn (Bourdieu and Wacquant, 1992), this development has enabled qualitative research, to, put forward more realistic fieldwork accounts. Drawing upon ethnographic studies on young people, this article cle explores...
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This article will critically explore the disciplinary pressures on cultural studies which are often claimed to be at the centre of cultural studies' loss of political radicalism and critique. First, I will argue that the disciplining of cultural studies needs to be examined in the context of its origins and its relationship with sociology. Through...
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Abstract ‘See Emily Play’: youth culture, recreational drug use and normalization Shane Blackman Drug normalization in recent years has become a fashionable term to describe young people’s consumption of recreational drugs. The chapter will be divided into two parts and will look at the connections between popular culture and drugs. The first se...
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Initially, I will suggest that the postmodernist understanding of youth subculture relies on a determinist interpretation of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) position, which denies the immense diversity in the CCCS theorization that draws on Barthes, Gramsci, Althusser, Levi-Strauss and Lacan. I shall critically examine the devel...
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The twenty-first century wili need an education system very different from that of today. In this book the Hillcole Group takes up the challenge of thinking the truly thinkable to describe a vision of an education system based on principles of equality and democratic accountability to take us into the new millennium.
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During the last 3 years I have undertaken two qualitative empirical investigations into drugs and young people (Blackman 1995b, 1996a). In this paper I want to move beyond the presentation of data to assess theoretically three major areas of discourse which have a fundamental impact on our understanding of issues relating to young people, health an...
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This article reports on the structure and the methodology of a national overarching project funded by the Training Agency and the Further Education Unit. The project sought to investigate the impact and implications of competence‐led curricula in the further education sector in England and Wales. The article outlines how the project evolved through...
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YOUTH AND PUPIL GROUPS: an ethnographic study of their pedagogic relations and resistant practice. The focus is on: a) differences and similarities between fifteen-year-old male and female groups which occupy differently specialised positions within the field of popular youth culture; b) the relationship between such positions and forms of involvem...

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