Dr Neil Washbourne, Senior Lecturer

Dr Neil Washbourne

Senior Lecturer

Neil Washbourne teaches and researches in three areas having specialised in media and politics earlier in his career (thus the book Mediating Politics (2010)): media celebrity and film stardom; comedy studies; and BBC Radio. He is currently writing a chapter on the history and current existence of British stand-up comedy and conducting research into 120 hours of broadcast programming on BBC Radio 2 to assess it as public service broadcasting during the difficulties and anxieties of the covid pandemic and aiming to conduct further research into listeners to the station.

Current Teaching

  • BBC Radio: cultural talk, public purposes
  • Comedy, Media and Diversity
  • Media Celebrity and Film Stardom

Research Interests

Neil is concerned with developing theories, modes of analysis and conducting research that does justice to the ‘texts’ of comic performance, celebrity existences, (cricket) fame and popular music broadcasting as public service within the contexts (past and present) within which such texts are embedded. He serves on the editorial board of Celebrity Studies and has supervised to completion four PhDs.

Neil is also interested in research and thinking beyond any narrow specialisation - for example - taking part in a philosophy reading group in the university and being interesting in the thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche (as a form of antagonistic humanism) and the existential therapy of Irving Yalom.

Dr Neil Washbourne, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Media
  2. Popular Culture

Selected Outputs

  • Washbourne N (2019) W.G. Grace: Sporting Superstar, Cultural Celebrity, and Hero (to Oscar Wilde’s Villain) of the Great Public Drama of 1895. Historical Social Research ==, Supplement 32 pp. 186-208.

    https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/abstr/suppl-32/10washbourne

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  • Washbourne N (2018) Adam Sandler as (questionable) masculine ‘role model’: towards an analysis of disgust and violence in Adam Sandler's comedian comedy. Comedy Studies, 9 (1), pp. 36-49.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/2040610X.2018.1437168

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  • Washbourne N; Dicke W (2001) Dissolving Modern organisation Theory?: a narrative analysis of water management. International Studies of Management and Organization, 31 (3),

  • Albrow M; Eade J; Durrschmidt J; Washbourne N (1994) The impact of globalization on sociological concepts: community, culture and milieu. International Sociology

  • Washbourne N (2010) Mediating Politics: Press, Radio, Television and Internet. McGraw-Hill International.

  • Sibley D eds. Atkinson D; Jackson P; Sibley D; Washbourne N (2007) Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts. New Delhi: Rawat.

  • eds. Atkinson D; Jackson P; Sibley D; Washbourne N (2005) Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts. London: I.B.Tauris.

  • (In press) Living the Global City. . Routledge,

  • Washbourne N (2018) C.L.R. James, W.G. Grace, and the Representative Claim. In: Featherstone D; Gair C; Høgsbjerg C; Smith A ed. Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C.L.R. James's Beyond a Boundary. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, pp. 137-152.

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  • Washbourne N (2018) Sexual and National Difference in the high-speed, popular surrealism of Tommy Handley and Ronald Frankau’s double acts, 1929-1936. In: Davies H; Illott S ed. Comedy and the Politics of Representation: Mocking the Weak. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 117-135.

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  • Washbourne N (2013) Public Relations and Democracy. In: Tench R; Yeomans L ed. Exploring Public Relations. London: Macmillan,

  • Washbourne N (2013) Receiving the War of the Worlds «Panic» from Across the Atlantic: British Press and Public Responses in 1938 (and Since). In: Hayes J; Battles K; Hilton-Morrow W ed. War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication In Times of Crisis. New York: Peter Lang,

  • Washbourne N (2013) More Than Cleggmania? The Celebrity Politician, Presidentialisation and the UK 2010 Leadership Debates’. In: Ekstrom M; Tolson A ed. Media Talk and Political Elections in Europe and America. London: Palgrave MacMillan,

  • Washbourne N (2009) The media context of journalism and public relations. In: Tench R; Yeomans L ed. Exploring Public Relations 2/E. London: Macmillan, pp. 66-85.

  • Washbourne N (2006) The Media Context of Journalism and Public Relations. In: Tench R; Yeomans L ed. Exploring Public Relations (first edition). Prentice Hall, pp. 62-77.

  • Washbourne N (2005) Globalisation and Globality. In: Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts. London: I.B.Tauris, pp. 61-68.

  • Atkinson D; Jackson P; Sibley D; Washbourne N (2005) On Cultural and Critical Geographies. In: Atkinson D; Jackson P; Sibley D; Washbourne N ed. Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts. I.B.Tauris,

  • Washbourne N (2001) Information Technology and new forms of organising? Translocalism and networks in Friends of the earth. In: Webster F ed. Culture and Politics in the Inofrmation Age: A new politics?. London: Routledge,

  • Washbourne N; Albrow M (1997) Sociology for postmodern organisers - working the Net. In: Do Organizations have Feelings?. London: Routledge,

  • Albrow M; Eade J; Durrschmidt J; Washbourne N (1997) The impact of globalization on socioligcal conceps: community, culture and milieu. In: Eade J ed. Living the Global City: Globalization as local process. London: Routledge,