Alex Law

Professor of Sociology

  • 287 Citations
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19992019
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Personal profile

Personal profile

My research is informed by relational and historical approaches to sociology. This work involves long-term perspectives in sociological theory and problems of nation, state and society, focussing particularly on Scotland, the UK and Europe.

Recent research examines the ambivalent nature of civic nationalism, the crisis of the UK state, governmental uses of ‘sectarianism’, nationalism in international sport, and the sociology of unintended consequences in the Scottish Enlightenment.

I hold a First Class Honours degree in Social Sciences, Art History and History from the Open University - where I later taught - and a MSc in Policy Studies and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh.

I’m willing to supervise students excited by sociological theory, particularly the relational sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias as it may apply to any substantive issue, including nationalism, violence, established and outsider group relations, media, and the state. To discuss this you can contact me at a.law@abertay.ac.uk

Teaching

Contemporary Social Theory

Classical Social Theory

Sociology of Scotland

Science and Society

Symbolic Power, Media and Cultural Forms

Images of the City

Research interests

I am concerned to develop sociological theory and research to illuminate long-term processes underlying social relations, power tensions and state formation.

Drawing upon relational sociology, principally inspired by Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias, recent work examines, amongst other things, sectarianism, the independence referendum in Scotland, and the power dynamics between competitive nationalism and competitive sport in international football competitions.

Current work examines the sociology of unintended consequences since the Scottish Enlightenment. A recent book critically examines social theory in the context of recurring crises, (Social Theory for Today, Sage, 2015) while a co-edited book looks at neglected episodes in the history of sociology, (Sociological Amnesia, Ashgate, 2015).

I am willing to supervise students in any area of relational sociology and social theory. The School offers the following research degrees: one-year MSc by Research, two-year MPhil or three-year PhD.  For more information please email   a.law@abertay.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University of Edinburgh

Social Sciences (Public Policy), MSc, University of Edinburgh

Social Sciences and Humanities, BA (Hons) First Class, The Open University

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Research Output 1999 2019

Avant-garde and leisure: the art critic as intermediary ‘specialist in verbalisation’

Law, A., 11 Jul 2019, p. 33. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
avant-garde
critic
art
sociology of leisure
aesthetics

Fear images and the eclipse of utopia

Law, A., 23 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Utopia
Eclipse
Controlled
Catastrophe
Scientific Progress

Relational approaches to social theory and the crisis of education

Law, A., 9 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
File
education
present
self-control
social process
sociologist

The trouble with sectarianism

Law, A., 22 Feb 2018, No problem here: understanding racism in Scotland. Davidson, N., Liinpaa, M., McBride, M. & Virdee, S. (eds.). Edinburgh: Luath Press, p. 90-112 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
environmental pollution
Group

Thomas Reid’s ‘civilised controversy’: sociology of Utopia in the Scottish Enlightenment

Law, A., 8 Dec 2018, p. 80. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Sociology
Utopia
Scottish Enlightenment
Fantasy
Utopian

Thesis

UKIP and the construction of immigration in the media:a comparison with the 1930s

Author: Hill, J., Jun 2016

Supervisor: Moir, J. (Supervisor) & Law, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters by Research

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