Scott Lash

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Scott Lash (born December 23, 1945)[1] is a professor of sociology and cultural studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Lash obtained a BSc 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 and became a 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.[2]

Lash's work has been influential in sociology and cultural studies, he has been interviewed by numerous media outlets and other academics, including the BBC Radio's Essay and in Design and Culture.[3][4] He has been an editor of the journal Theory, Culture and Society since 1989.[2] His work with co-author John Urry has received a great deal of attention in cultural geography and Gibson Burrell stated their work "their book (The End of Organised Capitalism) was a huge achievement in the ‘assemblage’ of material, and 25 years of ‘events’ have not been too unkind to it."[5] His works have been translated to 15 languages, and he has directed research projects in the domain of technology and media since 1996.[6]



  • 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-authored with John Urry.
  • Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity, London: Allen and Unwin, 1987 (Co-edited with Sam Whimster).
  • Sociology of Postmodernism, London: Routledge, 1990.
  • Post-Structuralist and Postmodernist Sociology, Sussex, Edward Elgar, 1991 (edited)
  • Modernity and Identity, Oxford: Blackwell, 1992 (co-edited with Jonathan Friedman)
  • Economies of Signs and Space, London: TCS/Sage 1994. (co-author is J Urry).
  • Reflexive Modernization, Cambridge: Polity Press 1994.(co-authors Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens.
  • 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. 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 (2007). Co-author is C. Lury.
  • Intensive Culture: Social Theory, Religion & Contemporary Capitalism, London: Sage 2010.
  • China Constructing Capitalism: Economic Life and Urban Change, London: Routledge, 2014 (co-authors M. Keith, J. Arnoldi, T. Rooker).
  • Experience: New Foundations for the Human Sciences, Cambridge: Polity, 2018.


  • “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, vol. 22, no. 3, 2005, 1-23.
  • "Power after Hegemony: Cultural Studies in Mutation?", Theory, Culture, and Society, 24(3), 2007 :55-78.
  • "In Praise of the A Posteriori: Sociology and the Empirical", "European Journal of Social Theory", vol. 12, no.1, 2009, 175-87.
  • "Deforming the Figure: Topology and the Social imaginary", "Theory, Culture & Society", vol. 29, nos. 4-5, 2012, 261-287.
  • "Morality and Solidarity: China's Relational Economy", in J. Koltan (ed.) Solidarity and the Crisis of Trust, Gdansk: European Solidarity Centre, 2016, pp. 121–132 (,pid,1471.html).

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  1. ^ "Lash, Scott - From Library of Congress Name Authority File". Library of Congress. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Scott Lash". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Scott Lash on 'Liquid Modernity'". BBC. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. ^ Julier, Guy. "DIALOGS Value, Relationality and Unfinished Objects: Guy Julier Interview with Scott Lash and Celia Lury" (PDF). Design and Culture. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  5. ^ Burrell, Gibson. "Book review symposium: Scott Lash and John Urry The End of Organised Capitalism". Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Professor Scott Lash BSc MA PhD". Centre for Cultural Studies. Retrieved 14 May 2014.

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