Dr Spencer Swain

Lecturer in Sport Development and Sociology

School of Sport

E: s.swain@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876803

I have degrees in Social and Political Thought and Sport, Leisure and Culture; my PhD examined the role of leisure in the Somali diaspora in Britain, exploring issues pertaining to identity, social exclusion, and morality. During my PhD, I worked as a lecturer and research assistant at Leeds Beckett University in the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion teaching on a range of degrees including Sports Development, Sports Business Management, Physical Education, and the well-renowned MA in Leisure, Sport and Culture.

Recently, I have taken on the role of lecturer in Sports Development/Management and Sociology at York St John University, teaching on a wide array of interdisciplinary modules in policy, management and citizenship.

Outside of academia, I have a background in education and sports development, the latter of which saw me working on initiatives designed to engage socially excluded groups into sport and recreation.

Further Information

Teaching

My main teaching responsibilities lie in the areas of Sports Development/Management and Sociology, teaching on undergraduate modules in Sports Policy, Community Sports Management, Social Justice, and Research Practice.

I have experience of directing a diverse array of undergraduate modules and have supervised students on a variety of dissertation topics ranging from Sports Policy to Cultural Identity.

Research

I have an eclectic range of research interests that span three separate yet closely interrelated areas:

  • The first focusses on the sociology of sport, leisure and culture, examining issues pertaining to identity, social space, consumerism, and deviance.
  • The second looks at sports policy and management, researching areas relating to corporate social responsibility, community sports development, and political ideologies.
  • The final strand looks at social and cultural theory, examining topics such as social exclusion, morality, modernity, and societal transformation.

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)

Books

Riches, G. Spracklen, K. Swain, S. (2017) Northernness, Northern Culture and Northern Narratives. Abingdon. Routledge.

Spracklen, K. Lashua, B. Sharpe, E. Swain, S. (2017) The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. Basingstoke. Palgrave.

Book Chapters

Fletcher, T. and Swain, S. (2017) Strangers of the north: South Asians, cricket and the culture of ‘Yorkshireness’. In. Riches, G. Spracklen, K. Swain, S. (eds) ) Northernness, Northern Culture and Northern Narratives. Abingdon. Routledge.

Riches, G. Rankin-Wright, A. Swain, S. Kuppan, V. (2017). Moving Forward: Critical Reflections of Doing Social Justice Research. In. Long, J., Fletcher, T. and Watson, B. (eds) Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. London: Routledge.

Swain, S. (2017). Structural Theories of Leisure. In. Spracklen, K. Lashua, B. Sharpe, E. Swain, S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. Basingstoke. Palgrave.

Swain, S. (2017). Leisure in the Current Interregnum: Exploring the Social Theories of Anthony Giddens and Zygmunt Bauman. In. Spracklen, K. Lashua, B. Sharpe, E. Swain, S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. Basingstoke. Palgrave.

Articles

Swain, S. (2017). The Khat Controversy: Dark Leisure in a Liquid Modern World. Annals of Leisure Research. Published online.

Fletcher, T. and Swain, S. (2016) Strangers of the North: South Asians, cricket and the culture of ‘Yorkshireness’. Journal for Cultural Research, 20 (1), pp. 86-100.

Swain, S. (2014). Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 9(2), pp 141-144.

Swain, S. (2014). Somali Men and Khat Chewing as Resistance. Leisure Studies Association, 98, 72-80.

Swain, S. (2012). Liquid Modern Analysis of Skin Bleaching in Jamaica. (Global Racisms Working Paper), University of Leeds, Leeds.

Conferences

(Presented) Leisure Studies Association (2016), Liverpool John Moores University.

(Presented) International Sociological Association (2016), University of Vienna.

(Presented) British Sociological Association (2015), Glasgow Caledonian University.

(Presented) Leisure Studies Association (2015), Bournemouth University.

(Presented) Canadian Congress of Leisure Research (2014), Dalhousie University.

(Organising Committee) PORESO Conference Leeds Beckett University (2014).

Professional Activities

I have had experience reviewing submissions for a variety of different journals, the two most recent being the Journal for Cultural Research and Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

In addition to this, I regularly present at major international conferences such as the Leisure Studies Association, International Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association.

Recently, I was elected secretary of the Leisure Studies Association.

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