Professor Steve Fenton

Professor Steve Fenton

Professor Steve Fenton
Emeritus Professor

12 Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 0852

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Englishness, Britishness: Nation and Class


Fields of interest

I have a general interest in the field of Ethnicity and theories within that field. In 2010 the second edition of my Ethnicity was published by Polity. Bob Carter (Professor of Sociology, Leicester University) and I wrote a critique of "over-ethnicised sociology" in Not thinking Ethnicity: a critique of the ethnicity paradigm in an over-ethnicised sociology (Bob Carter and Steve Fenton) Journal of the Theory of Social Behaviour 40:1 1-18 2009 In addition to my continuing focus on Nation and Class, I am interested (but not 'researching') in the way in which global capital and global capitalism has recovered from the crisis of 2008. The ever-hardening hold of global corporate capital has profound implications for virtually everything that moves in society, economy and polity - and certainly for nationalist and populist politics and identities.

Latest publications

  1. Fenton, S, 2019, ‘Michael Banton’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 42., pp. 342-343
  2. Khattab, N & Fenton, S, 2016, ‘Globalisation of researcher mobility within the UK Higher Education: explaining the presence of overseas academics in the UK academia’. Globalisation, Societies and Education, vol 14., pp. 528-542
  3. Fenton, C, Modood, T & Claire, S, 2011, ‘Academics and Globalisation’. in: T Modood, J Salt (eds) Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 108 - 131
  4. Fenton, CS, 2011, ‘The sociology of ethnicity and national identity’. Ethnicities, vol 11., pp. 12-17
  5. Smetherham, C, Fenton, C & Modood, T, 2010, ‘How global is the UK Labour Market?’. Globalisation, Societies and Education, vol 8., pp. 411 - 428
  6. Khattab, N & Fenton, S, 2009, ‘What makes young adults happy? Employment and non-work as determinants of life satisfaction’. Sociology, vol 43., pp. 11-26
  7. Fenton, CS, 2008, ‘The semi-detached nation: post-nationalism and Britain’. Cycnos, vol 25.
  8. Fenton, C, 2007, ‘Indifference towards national identity: what young adults think about being English and British’. Nations and Nationalism, vol 13 (2)., pp. 321 - 339
  9. Fenton, C & Dermott, E, 2006, ‘Fragmented careers?: winners and losers in young adult labour markets’. Work, Employment and Society, vol 20 (2)., pp. 205 - 221
  10. Fenton, C, 2006, ‘Race and the Nation’. in: Gerard Delanty, Krishan Kumar (eds) The Sage Handbook of Nations and Nationalism. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 192 - 204

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