Academic Articles and Research


‘The Hummer: The Return of the Hard Body’

The Hummer - cover – in Cardenas, E., & Gorman, E., (ed.) ‘The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture’,

– Lexington Books (USA)

– Published April 2007

Lexington Books

Synopsis: Taking a semiotic analysis of the SUV/Hummer the article examines how various aspects of its design help to provoke, bear and circulate meanings within culture and tap into wider socio-cultural anxieties, in particular a culture of fear. Increasing insecurity and uncertainty within postmodernity has made death appear ubiquitous (killer bugs in clean hospitals, paedophiles hiding on the internet, terrorists living next door, GM ‘alien’ food etc) to the point that everything and everyone is a possible threat. I argue that the Hummer, like Jeffords (1994) thesis of a hard body/masculinity, offers magical resolutions to consumer anxieties by creating a series of boundaries around the self.

‘Free as a Bird’

Stimulus 14 cover – In Stimulus 14, October November 2006

– Published online by Stimulus Respond

– Read the article here: Free as a Bird;

– The complete issue is online here: Stimulus 14;

‘The 23 Enigma’

– In Stimulus Issue One – Magic, 2007

– Stimulus is now a print only magazine

– Read the article here

Stimulus is a stylish magazine combining anthropology and art; literature, photography, poetry and music

‘Chav: the emergence of a new identity’

Interstice Vol 1, No 1 (2008)

‘Colostomy bags, Masturbation and Naked Chicken Dancing:The Information World According to Avid Merrion’

Flow is a critical forum on television and media culture published biweekly by the department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

Flow’s mission is to provide a space where researchers, teachers, students, and the public can read about and discuss the changing landscape of contemporary media at the speed that media moves

‘Words of Mass Destruction’– In Zing Review, Spring 2004

– Published by Zing Creatives (now Red Arc Media)

PDF of this article available here; (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Zing Review is a quarterly, small press publication featuring short inspirational prose, informative and enlightening articles and illuminating reflections. It aims to celebrate the creative process and give space to emerging works of imaginative writing.

‘Le Parkour: The Body as Politics’– In The Public Sphere, December 2009

– Read online: here

The Public Sphere a quarterly magazine of intellectual speculation and conversation.