Scott Lash

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Scott Lash (born December 23, 1945, in Chicago) is a professor of sociology and cultural studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

He took a BSc as in Psychology from the University of Michigan, an MA in Sociology from Northwestern University, and a PhD from the London School of Economics (1980). Lash began his teaching career as a Lecturer at Lancaster University where he became Professor in 1993. He moved to London in 1998 to take up his present post as Director for the Centre for Cultural Studies and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College.

Lash's work has been particularly influential in sociology and cultural studies. His work with co-author John Urry has received a great deal of attention in cultural geography.

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  • The Militant Worker, Class and Radicalism in France and America, London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1984.
  • The End of Organized Capitalism, Cambridge: Polity Books, 1987. (Co-author is John Urry). (2nd printing 1988, 3rd prtg 1991, 4th 1995, 5th 1998)
  • Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity, London: Allen and Unwin, 1987 (Co-edited with Sam Whimster).
  • Sociology of Postmodernism, London: Routledge, 1990. (2nd printing 1990, 3rd prtg 1991, 4th prtg. 1994); trans. into Slovenian, Ukrainian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Romanian)
  • Post-Structuralist and Postmodernist Sociology, Sussex, Edward Elgar, 1991 (edited)
  • Modernity and Identity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1992 (co-edited with Jonathan Friedman) (Korean trans. contracted, July 1994). 2nd printing 1994.
  • Economies of Signs and Space, London: TCS/Sage 1994. (co-author is J Urry). (trans. into German (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp) Korean, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. (3rd printing 1999)
  • Reflexive Modernization, Cambridge: Polity Press 1994. (2nd printing 1996) (Co-authors Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens) (trans. German, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, Finnish, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Chinese)
  • Global Modernities, London: TCS/Sage, 1995 (co-ed. with M. Featherstone and R. Robertson)
  • De-Traditionalization, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996 (co-ed. with P. Heelas and P. Morris)
  • Risk, Environment and Modernity, London: Sage (TCS), 1996 (co-ed. with B. Szerszynski and B. Wynne )
  • Time and Value, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998 (co-ed. with Andrew Quick and Richard Roberts)
  • Spaces of Culture: City, Nation, World, London: Sage 1999 (co-ed. with M. Featherstone)
  • Another Modernity, A Different Rationality, Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.
  • Critique of Information, London: Sage, 2002. (trans. Contracted in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture (co-ed. with M. Featherstone) London: Sage, 2002.
  • Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things, Cambridge: Polity (2005), contracted. co-author is C. Lury.


  • “Communicative Rationality and Desire”. Telos 61 (Fall 1984). New York: Telos Press.
  • "Being after Time", in S. Lash and A. Quick (eds.) Time and Value, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998, pp. 147–161. And in Cultural Values, vol. 2, nos. 2-3, June 1998, 304-318.
  • "The Consequences of Reflexivity: Towards a Theory of the Object", in J. Philip (ed.) Reflexivity and Culture (London, Pluto, 1998).
  • "Risk Culture", in Barbara Adam, Ulrich Beck and Joost Van Loon (eds.) The Risk Society and Beyond, London: Sage 2000, pp. 47–62. ISBN 0-7619-6468-1.
  • "Informationkritik", Revista Critique des Ciencias Sociales, vol. 22., no,3.
  • "Technological Forms of Life", Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 18, no.1, 2001.
  • "Recognition or Difference", Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 18, no. 6, 2001.
  • "From Accumulation to Circulation: Young British Art and the Culture Society", in Arturo Rodriguez Morato, The Culture Society, Barcelona, 2002.. (co-author is John Myles)
  • "New Media: From Creativity to Consultancy", Environment and Planning A, vol. 22, Nov. 2002. (with Andreas Wittel).
  • "Understanding New Media Objects: From Content to Connectivity", in S. Woolgar (ed.) The Virtual Society?, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. (with C. Lury and A. Wittel).
  • "Lebenssoziologie: Georg Simmel in the Information Age", Theory, Culture & Society (f2004)
  • "Power after Hegemony: Cultural Studies in Mutation?", Theory, Culture, and Society, 24(3), 2007 :55-78.

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