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former postdoctoral fellows

Dr Andrew Hill

BA Manchester, PhD Manchester
Office: FOLS 126B
Tel. (44) (0)118 931 6008

Email  a.hill@reading.ac.uk

Andrew Hill received a BSocSc in Sociology (1995), a MA (Econ) in Social Research Methods (1996), and a PhD in Sociology (2000), all from Manchester University. Since completing his PhD he has taught at The London Institute. Hill's research focuses upon the relationship between politics, culture and history. The central theme of his research to date has been the way in which the state and governing projects have attempted to control and regulate popular culture. At present he is working on a book manuscript - Acid House and Thatcherism: hegemony and the politics of popular culture. The late Eighties youth subculture Acid House became the subject of an intense moral panic, that resulted in extensive police action against the subculture, the introduction of new legislation and the mass arrest of participants. He argues that the scale of this reaction needs to be understood in terms of the disruptive presence Acid House presented to the Thatcherite hegemonic project, and analyses in detail the terms of this disruption via the themes of: disruptive pleasure, noise, the mob, contested spaces and disrupting bureaucratic authority. In a project he is just commencing - Wild Pleasures, Hill builds upon his study of Acid House and Thatcherism to examine the way in which experiences of intense pleasure have been regarded as presenting a threat to the authority of the state. He examines how, across the course of modernity, the state has acted to limit and regulate these experiences - and he analyses why these types of experiences have provoked such anxieties. If one theme of his research is the relationship between governing projects and popular culture, a second is applying cultural theory to illuminating issues of governance. This emerges in his study of Acid House and Thatcherism. In a second project he is commencing, that has developed out of his interest in Thatcherism - The drama of governance, he develops this approach further. Comparing political leaders and political projects from a number of countries he looks at the role the performance of leadership and the creation of dramatic narratives of governance play in contemporary political projects, and he assesses how political life has been reordered and reshaped by the pervasiveness of the media in contemporary society. Hill has articles forthcoming in The British Journal of Sociology, and Visual Culture in Britain. A co-authored chapter on British cinema in the 1970s appears in The British Cinema Book (BFI, 2002). Since 1996 Hill has taught on a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Manchester University and The London Institute, in the fields of popular culture, qualitative methods, and social and cultural theory.

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