Dr Steven Cock

Dr Steven Cock

I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Sport and Leisure Management from the University of Salford. I then completed an MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise with distinction at the University of Chester, before going on to complete a PhD in the sociology of sport, also at the University of Chester. In my doctoral thesis, I examined the long-term emergence and development of swimming as a modern competitive sport in the period c.1595-1908.

I worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester whilst completing my PhD and also undertook a PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, gaining recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2011. I joined York St John University as a lecturer in 2014 and am currently teaching in York Business School on various modules relating to hospitality, business and event management, managing the consumer experience, and the use of qualitative methods in the research process.

Further Information

Teaching

I am currently Module Director on the following modules:

  • 2BMT04 Hospitality and Service Operations
  • 3BMT05 Hospitality Retail

I also teach on the following modules:

  • 1BMT05 Delivering the Consumer Experience
  • 1BMB09 Ethics, Scandal and Business Decisions
  • 3BMT04 Managing Events
  • 3BMZ02 Enhanced Induction and Research Skills
  • MMBB01 Researching Contemporary Business

Professional Activities

I am a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Swimming (FIOS)

I am also a member of the following research groups:

  • Cross School Research Ethics Committee (CSREC) for Health Sciences, Sport, Psychological and Social Sciences and Business, York St John University
  • Postgraduate Research Supervisors Forum (PRSF), York St John University

Research

My research is underpinned by a sociological approach. My main research interests include:

  • Long-term processes of organisational structure and change in the sport and leisure industry
  • The emergence, development and history of modern sport and leisure activities
  • How people’s attitudes regarding ‘acceptable’ forms of social behaviour (such as manners, etiquette and forms of violence) have changed over time
  • The sociology of knowledge and use of research methods in the social sciences

In my doctoral research, I examined the long-term social processes that contributed to the emergence and development of swimming as a modern competitive sport in the period between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. This involved the collection and analysis of data from a range of documentary archives, libraries and repositories.

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)

Peer-Review Journal Articles

  • Mierzwinski, M., Cock, S. and Velija, P. (2019) A position statement on social justice, physical education and bullying: A figurational sociological perspective. Quest, 71 (2), 215-226.

Book Chapters

  • Mierzwinski, M., Cock, S. and Velija, P. (Forthcoming) A position statement on social justice, physical education and bullying: A figurational sociological perspective. In N. Watson, G. Jarvie and A. Parker (eds.), Social Justice and Sport in the 21st Century: Religious, Sociological and Capability Perspectives. Abingdon, Routledge.
  • Cock, S. (2018) Doing developmental research as a figurational sociologist: A case study on the long-term sportization of swimming. In D. Malcolm and P. Velija (eds.), Figurational Research in Sport, Leisure and Health, (pp. 87-101). Abingdon, Routledge.

Selected National and International Conference Presentations

  • Cock, S. (2018) A ‘Modest’ Endeavour? A Sociological Analysis of Power-struggles surrounding the Emergence of Female Competitors in Competitive Swimming, c.1870s-1920s. British Sociological Association: Annual Conference, Northumbria University, United Kingdom, 10-12 April.
  • Cock, S. (2015) Aquatic Wagers: Swimming, Gambling and Civilizing Trends, c.1590s-1830s. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, Swansea University, United Kingdom, 2-4 September.
  • Cock, S. (2015) Swimming, Bathing, Health and Wellbeing: A Figurational Sociological Analysis. International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France, 9-12 June.
  • Cock, S. (2010) Method, Style and Technique: Reconsidering the Development of Swimming Strokes. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, Wellcome Collection, London, United Kingdom, 10-11 September.
  • Cock, S. (2010) The Development of Swimming Strokes: A Sociological Interpretation (Distributed Paper). XVII World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July.
  • Cock, S. (2009) Processes of Sportization: The Emergence of the Amateur Swimming Association. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, University of Stirling, United Kingdom, 17-19 July.
  • Cock, S. (2008) Swimming and Bathing: From the ‘Middle Ages’ to the Early Twentieth Century. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, University of Brighton, Eastbourne Campus, United Kingdom, 5-7 September.
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