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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Prof Roy Boyne

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46837


Roy convenes the Economy and Society Research Group in the School. He has published books on French philosophy, the sociology of art and cinema, and cultures of risk. He is a member of the executive editorial board of Theory, Culture and Society, and a board member of the recent journal, Creative Industries. He was guest-editor for the 2007 edition, devoted to cinema, of Symbolism: a Journal of Critical Aesthetics. He was Vice-Chair of the Board of Culture North East (until its demise in April 2009). He is writing a book for Sage on regional and international cultural strategy, based in part on research he did whilst visiting professor at the University of Strasbourg in 2007. An interest in economic sociology came out of his role in Culture North East, and he developed an application of the financial derivatives model with the intent of enabling further control over the the socio-economic impacts of ivestment in culture.  This is still part of his research plans, alongside the development of case studies on Berlin, the Viaduc de Millau, Futurism, and the Sage Gateshead.

He would welcome applications from potential PhD students in the sociology of culture, the sociology of risk, the sociology of cinema, and also in applications of recent continental philosophy and sociology.

Research Projects

  • Comparative Cultural Strategy and socio-economic indicators

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Boyne, R. (2003). Risk. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.
  • Boyne, R. (2000). Subject, Society and Culture. London: Sage.
  • Boyne, R. (1990). Foucault and Derrida. London: Unwin-Hyman.

Book review

  • Boyne, R. (2010). Creative Urban Milieus; Historical Perspectives on Culture, Economy and the City. Creative Industries Journal 3(1): 98-100.
  • Boyne, R. (2009). Creative Cities, Cultural Clusters and Local Economic Development. Creative Industries Journal 2(1).
  • Boyne, R. (2008). The Economics of Experiences, the Arts and Entertainment. Leisure Studies 27(3).

Chapter in book

  • Boyne, R. (2011). Sociology of the spectacle: politics, terror, desire. In Handbook of Visual Culture. Heywood, I. & Sandywell, B. Berg.
  • Boyne, Roy (2006). Methodology and Ideology in the Evaluation of cultural Investments. In Cultural Industries: The British Experience in International Perspective. Eisenberg, Christiane Gerlach, Rita & Handke, Christian Berlin: Humboldt University. 53-70.
  • Boyne, R. (2006). Subjectivity. In The Sage Dictionary of Social Research Metthods. Victor Jupp.
  • Boyne, R. (2004). Reflexivity, rationality and identity. In Tokyo: Wasada. 60-67.
  • Boyne, R. (2003). Avant le corps: le sociologie et le sujet. In Souillure et purete: le corps et son environment culturel. Vincensini, Jean-Jacques Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose. 17-29.
  • Boyne, R. (2003). Jacques Derrida. In Key Contemporary Social Theorists. Oxford: Blackwell. 109-115.
  • Boyne, R. (2002). Foucault and Art. In A Companion to Art Theory. Smith, P. & Wilde, C. Blackwell. 337-348.
  • Boyne, R. (2000). 'Structuralism'. In The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Bryan Turner. 160-190.

Journal Article

  • Boyne, R. (2010). Three responses to Zygmunt Bauman. Theory Culture and Society 27(6): 91-94.
  • Boyne, R. (2008). A Brief Note on Giacometti. Theory, Culture and Society 25(5): 20-29.
  • Boyne, Roy. (2007). Cinema and Multitude. Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics 7: 51-81.
  • Boyne, Roy. (2006). Classification. Theory, Culture & Society 23(2-3): 21-30.
  • Boyne, R. (2004). Anamnesis of the visible, Jean-Francois Lyotard. Theory, Culture and Society 21(1): 107-119 translated by Couze Venn and Roy Boyne.
  • Boyne, R. (2004). Uterine self-understanding and the indispensable other: editorial reflections on the work of Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger. Theory, Culture and Society 21(1): 1-5.
  • Boyne, R. (2002). Bourdieu: from class to culture. Theory, Culture and Society 19(3): 117-128.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Sociology: Public investment in culture
  • Sociology: Developments in surveillance
  • Sociology: Economics and Social Risks
  • Sociology: European thought

Selected Grants

  • 2005: Partnership Venture grant of £10K (for a project titled "Comparative Cultural Strategy and socio-economic inidcators" and costed at £30K).