Dr Michael Silk
1 West North 4.4
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4042
Areas interested in supervising:
- Sport, the Body & Identity
- Mega Sporting Events & Social Justice
- Sport, Space & Urban Regeneration
- Sport, Popular Culture & Pedagogy
I am an interdisciplinary scholar specialising on issues concerning the physically active (un/healthy) body, identity politics, media sport and public pedagogy, mega-sporting events, and, popular culture.
My work is dedicated to the contextually based understanding of the corporeal practices, discourses and representations, structures, and subjectivities through which active bodies become organised, represented, and experienced in relation to the operations of social power. I am interested in the role played by physical culture (sport, physical activity, exercise, movement) in reproducing, and sometimes challenging, particular class, ethnic, gender, ability, generational, national, racial, and/or sexual norms and differences and which seeks to illuminate, and intervene into, sites of injustice and inequity. I am particularly interested in these relationships as they are manifest at a number of ‘public’ sites, including film, television, promotional culture, and in transformations of urban space (especially when connected to sporting spectacle). My work also pushes at the ontological, epistemological and methodological boundaries of that which counts as the critical, social science oriented study of sport and physical activity.
Since physical culture is both manifest and experienced in different forms, I engage in a variety of methodological approaches that engage the empirical (including ethnography and autoethnography, participant observation, discourse and media analysis, and contextual analysis) and deploy an equally fluid theoretical vocabulary, utilising concepts and theories from a variety of disciplines (including cultural studies, economics, history, health, education, media studies, performance studies, philosophy, sociology, and urban studies) in engaging and interpreting the particular aspect of physical culture under scrutiny.
- Sport, physical culture and social governance
- Contested politics of identity
- Critical pedagogy, film and mediation
- Qualitative inquiry and social justice
Bush, A. J., Silk, M. L., Andrews, D. L. and Lauder, H., 2013. Sports coaching research: context, consequences and consciousness. Abingdon: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society; 20)
Andrews, D. L. and Silk, M. L., eds., 2012. Sport and Neoliberalism : Politics, Consumption, and Culture. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Temple University Press.
Silk, M. L., 2012. The cultural politics of post-9/11 American sport: power, pedagogy and the popular. Abingdon: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society; 10)
Silk, M., 2013. Forthcoming. The cultural politics of sterile sporting space (Invited Paper). In: Andrews, D. and Carrington, B., eds. The Blackwell Companion to Sport. Blackwell.
Francombe, J. and Silk, M., 2012. Pedagogies of fat : the social currency of slenderness. In: Andrews, D. L. and Silk, M. L., eds. Sport and Neoliberalism. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Temple University Press.
Silk, M. and Andrews, D. L., 2012. Forthcoming. Sport & neoliberalism: Complicating the consensus. In: Silk, M. and Andrews, D., eds. Sport & Neoliberalism. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Silk, M. and Francombe, J., 2011. All these years of hurt: Culture, pedagogy and '1966' as a site of national myths. In: Wagg, S., ed. Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 262-286.
Andrews, D. L., Mower, R. and Silk, M., 2011. Ghetocentricism and the essentialized black male athlete. In: Leonard, D. and King, R. C., eds. Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 69-94. (Perspectives on a Multiracial America)
Silk, M. and Falcous, M., 2010. Sporting spectacle and the post-9/11 patriarchal body politic. In: Morgan, M. J., ed. The Impact of 9/11 on the Media, Arts, and Entertainment The Day that Changed Everything?. Vol. 4. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 221-234.
Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2010. Beyond a boundary: Sport, transnational advertising, and the reiminaging of national culture. In: Karen, D. and Washington, R. E., eds. The Sport and Society Reader. London: Routledge, pp. 371-379.
Friedman, M. T. and Silk, M., 2009. Expressing Fenway: Managing and marketing heritage within the global sports marketplace. In: Nauright, J. and Pope, S., eds. The New Sport Management Reader. Fitness Information Technology.
Silk, M. and Amis, J., 2009. Rupture: promoting critical and innovative approaches to the study of sport management. In: Nauright, J. and Pope, S., eds. The New Sport Management Reader. Fitness Information Technology, pp. 3-14.
Amis, J., Silk, M. L. and Mower, R. L., 2009. (Michael) Power, gendered subjectivities & filmic representation: brand strategy and Guinness' critical assignment in Africa. In: Wenner, L. and Jackson, S., eds. Sport, Beer and Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, pp. 97-120. (Popular Culture and Everyday Life)
Andrews, D. L., Silk, M. and Pitter, R., 2008. Physical culture and the polarized American metropolis. In: Houlihan, B., ed. Sport and Society. London: Sage, pp. 284-304.
White, R., Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2008. The LLWS: Spectacle of Youthful Innocence or Spectre of the New Right? In: Giardina, M. and Donnelly, M., eds. Youth Culture & Sport: Identity, Politics and Power. Taylor and Francis, pp. 13-34.
Andrews, D. L. and Silk, M., 2007. Basket-ball, politique et culture de rue. In: Archambaud, F., Artiaga, L. and Bosc, G., eds. Double jeu: Histoire du basketb-ball entre France et Amériques. Paris, France: Vuibert, pp. 229-246.
Jackson, S., Scherer, J. and Silk, M., 2007. Globalisation and Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In: Collins, C. and Jackson, S., eds. Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand Society. South Melbourne: Thomson-Nelson., pp. 131-147.
Silk, M. and Amis, J., 2006. Bursting the Tourist Bubble: Sport and the Spectacularization of Urban Space. In: Gibson, H., ed. Sport Tourism: Paradigms and Theories. London: Frank Cass Publishers, pp. 148-169.
Silk, M., Bracey, B. and Falcous, M., 2006. Performing America's Past: Cold War Fantasies in a Perpetual State of War. In: Wagg, S. and Andrews, D., eds. The New Cold War. London: Routledge, pp. 279-291.
Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Cole, C., 2005. Corporate Nationalism(s)? The Spatial Dimensions of Sporting Capital. In: Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Cole, C., eds. Corporate Nationalisms: Sport, Cultural Identity and Transnational Marketing. Oxford: Berg, pp. 1-12.
Slack, T., Silk, M. and Hong, F., 2005. Cultural Contradictions / Contradicting Cultures: Transnational Corporations & the Penetration of the Chinese Market. In: Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Cole, C., eds. Corporate Nationalisms: Sport, Cultural Identity and Transnational Marketing. Oxford: Berg, pp. 253-274.
Silk, M., Mason, D. and Andrews, D., 2005. Encountering the Field: Qualitative Methods in Sports Studies. In: Mason, D., Andrews, D. and Silk, M., eds. Qualitative Methods for Sports Studies. Oxford: Berg, pp. 1-20.
Silk, M., 2005. Sporting Ethnography: Philosophy, Methodology & Reflection. In: Andrews, D., Mason, D. and Silk, M., eds. Qualitative Methods in Sports Studies. Oxford: Berg, pp. 65-103.
Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2005. The Spatial Logics of Global Sponsorship: Corporate Capital, Cola Wars & Cricket. In: Amis, J. and Cornwell, B., eds. Global Sport Sponsorship: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Oxford: Berg, pp. 67-88.
Andrews, D. and Silk, M., 2004. Global Gaming: Cultural Toyotism, Transnational Corporatism & Sport. In: Jackson, S. and Andrews, D., eds. Sport, Culture & Advertising: Identities, Commodities & the Politics of Representation. London: Routledge, pp. 172-191.
Silk, M. and Chumley, E., 2004. Memphis United: Diasporic Identities, S(t)imulated Spaces and Consumption Economies. In: Andrews, D., ed. Manchester United: Sporting Diaspora and Simulated Consumption. London: Routledge, pp. 249-264.
Silk, M., Slack, T. and Amis, J., 2003. Bread, Butter & Gravy: An Institutional Approach to Televised Sport Production. In: Rowe, D., ed. A Reader in Sport, Culture and the Media. Buckingham: Open University Press, pp. 146-164.
Silk, M., 2003. Televised Sport Production: Economic Boundaries of Action in a Global Media Age. In: Slack, T., ed. The Commercialization of Sport. London: Frank Cass, pp. 226-246.
Silk, M. and Manley, A., 2012. Globalization, urbanization and sporting spectacle in Pacific Asia: places, peoples & pastness. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29 (4), pp. 455-484.
Bush, A. J. and Silk, M. L., 2012. Politics, power & the podium: coaching for paralympic performance. Reflective Practice, 13 (3), 471-482.
Silk, M. and Francombe, J., 2012. Forthcoming. The corporate constitution of national culture: The mythopoeia of 1966. Continuum:Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
Silk, M., 2011. Towards a sociological understanding of London 2012. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 45 (5), pp. 733-748.
Silk, M., Francombe, J. and Bachelor, F., 2011. The biggest loser: the discursive constitution of fatness. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 1 (3), pp. 369-389.
Andrews, D. L. and Silk, M. L., 2011. Physical Cultural Studies: engendering a productive dialogue. Sociology of Sport Journal, 28 (1), pp. 1-3.
Silk, M. L. and Andrews, D. L., 2011. (Re)Presenting Baltimore: Place, Policy, Politics, and Cultural Pedagogy. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 33 (5), pp. 433-464.
Bush, A. J. and Silk, M., 2010. Towards an evolving critical consciousness in coaching research: the physical pedagogic bricolage. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 5 (4), pp. 551-565.
Silk, M. L., Bush, A. J. and Andrews, D. L., 2010. Contingent intellectual amateurism, or, the problem with evidence-based research. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 34 (1), pp. 105-128.
Falcous, M. and Silk, M. L., 2010. Olympic bidding, multicultural nationalism, terror, and the epistemological violence of ‘Making Britain Proud’. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 10 (2), pp. 167-186.
Amis, J. and Silk, M., 2010. Transnational organization and symbolic production: Creating and managing a global brand. Consumption Markets & Culture, 13 (2), pp. 159-179.
Amis, J., M. and Silk, M. L., 2008. The philosophy and politics of quality in qualitative organizational research. Organizational Research Methods, 11 (3), pp. 456-480.
Silk, M., Schultz, J. and Bracey, B., 2008. From Mice to Men: Miracle, Mythology & the Magic Kingdom. Sport in Society, 11 (2&3), pp. 279-297.
Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2008. Managing Memphis: governance and regulation in sterile spaces of play. Social Identities, 14 (3), pp. 395-414.
White, R. E., Silk, M. L. and Andrews, D., 2008. Revisiting the networked production of the 2003 Little League World Series: narrative of American innocence. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 4 (2), pp. 183-202.
Falcous, M. and Silk, M., 2006. Global Regimes, Local Agendas: Sport, Resistance and the Mediation of Dissent. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (3-4), pp. 317-338.
Zhang, T. and Silk, M., 2006. Recentering Beijing: Sport, Space, Subjectivities. Sociology of Sport Journal, 23 (4), pp. 438-459.
Silk, M. and Falcous, M., 2005. One Day in September / A Week in February: Mobilizing American (Sporting) Nationalisms. Sociology of Sport Journal, 22 (4), 447--471.
Amis, J. and Silk, M., 2005. Rupture: promoting critical and innovative approaches to the study of sport management. Journal of Sport Management, 19 (4), pp. 355-366.
Silk, M. and Amis, J., 2005. Bursting the Tourist Bubble: Sport and the Spectacularization of Urban Space. Sport in Society, 8 (2), pp. 280-301.
Falcous, M. and Silk, M., 2005. Manufacturing Consent: Mediated Sporting Spectacle and the Cultural Politics of the War on Terror. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 1 (1), pp. 59-65.
Silk, M., 2004. A Tale of Two Cities: The Social Production of Sterile Sporting Space. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 28 (4), 349--378.
Friedman, M., Andrews, D. and Silk, M., 2004. Sport and the Façade of Redevelopment in the Post-Industrial City. Sociology of Sport Journal, 21, pp. 119-139.
Silk, M., 2002. Bangsa Malaysia: Global Sport, the City & the Refurbishment of Local Identities. Media, Culture & Society, 24 (6), pp. 775-794.
Silk, M., 2001. An Interview with Paul Vaughan, Commercial Director, The Rugby Football Union. International Journal of Sports marketing & Sponsorship, June/July, pp. 19-34.
Silk, M., 2001. An Interview with Paul Vaughan, Commercial Director, The Rugby Football Union. International Journal of Sports marketing & Sponsorship,, June/July, pp. 19-34.
Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2001. Beyond a Boundary: Sport, Transnational Advertising, and the Reiminaging of National Culture. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 25 (2), pp. 180-202.
Silk, M., 2001. The Conditions of Practice: Television Production Practices at Kuala Lumpur 98. Sociology of Sport Journal, 18 (3), pp. 277-301.
Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2001. Understanding Globalisation: Transnational Marketing & Sponsorship. International Journal of Sports marketing & Sponsorship, June/July, pp. 11-15.
Conference or Workshop Items
Bush, A. J., Silk, M. L. and Morgan, H. J., 2011. Pedagogy under pressure: sport, the social sciences and sustainability. In: Annual Conference of the Political Studies Sport Group (PSSG Annual Conference 2011), 2011-03-18, Birmingham, England.