Michael Silk

Professor Michael Silk

  • Deputy Dean - Research & Profl.Practice
  • Dorset House D164, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Michael Silk is a Professor and Deputy Dean (Research & Professional Practice) in the Faculty of Management. His research and scholarship is interdisciplinary and focuses on the relationships between sport & physical activity (physical culture), the governance of bodies, mediated (sporting) spectacles, identities and urban spaces. His work aims to push at the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and pedagogic boundaries of the critical, social science oriented study of sport and physical activity. He has received funding from the British Council, the ESRC, the AHRC, the British Academy, Sport England, Women Win, and the Jiangsu Provincial Government (PRC).

His current research addresses the relationship between sport mega-events, urban renewal, and social inequalities. He is the Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project titled "Sex work in the context of sports mega events: Examining the impacts of Rio 2016" (ES/N018656/1) collaborating with colleagues in Kent, Toronto & UFRDJ (Brazil)...

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Journal Articles

  • Waldman, D., Silk, M. and Andrews, D.L., 2017. Cloning colonialism: Residential development, transnational aspiration, and the complexities of postcolonial India. GEOFORUM, 82, 180-188.
  • Silk, M., Caudwell, J. and Gibson, H., 2017. Views on leisure studies: pasts, presents & future possibilities? LEISURE STUDIES, 36 (2), 153-162.
  • Silk, M., Millington, B., Rich, E. and Bush, A., 2016. (Re-)thinking digital leisure. LEISURE STUDIES, 35 (6), 712-723.
  • Francombe-Webb, J. and Silk, M., 2015. Young girls embodied experiences of femininity and social class. Sociology.
  • Silk, M., Francombe-Webb, J., Rich, E. and Merchant, S., 2015. On the transgressive possibilities of physical pedagogic practices. Qualitative Inquiry.
  • Silk, M., 2015. ‘Isles of Wonder’: performing the mythopoeia of utopic multi-ethnic Britain. Media, Culture and Society, 37 (1), 68-84.
  • Silk, M., Francombe, J. and Andrews, D.L., 2014. Slowing the social sciences of sport: on the possibilities of physical culture. Sport in Society, 17 (10), 1266-1289.
  • Silk, M., 2014. The London 2012 Olympics: The cultural politics of urban regeneration. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 1 (2), 273-293.
  • Manley, A. and Silk, M., 2014. Liquid London: Sporting spectacle, britishness and ban-optic surveillance. Surveillance and Society, 11 (4), 360-376.
  • Andrews, D.L., Batts, C. and Silk, M., 2014. Sport, glocalization and the new Indian middle class. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17 (3), 259-276.
  • Silk, M., Francombe-Webb, J. and Andrews, D.L., 2014. The corporate constitution of national culture: The mythopoeia of 1966. Continuum, 28 (5), 720-736.
  • Silk, M., Francombe, J. and Andrews, D.L., 2014. Slowing the social sciences of sport: on the possibilities of physical culture. Sport in Society.
  • Andrews, D.L., Silk, M., Francombe, J. and Bush, A., 2013. McKinesiology. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 35 (5), 335-356.
  • Bush, A., Silk, M., Porter, J. and Howe, P.D., 2013. Disability [sport] and discourse: Stories within the Paralympic legacy. Reflective Practice, 14 (5), 632-647.
  • Silk, M. and Manley, A., 2012. Globalization, urbanization & sporting spectacle in Pacific Asia: Places, peoples & pastness. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29 (4), 455-484.
  • Bush, A.J. and Silk, M.L., 2012. Politics, power & the podium: Coaching for Paralympic performance. Reflective Practice, 13 (3), 471-482.
  • Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2011. (Re)Presenting Baltimore: Place, Policy, Politics, and Cultural Pedagogy. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 33 (5), 433-464.
  • Silk, M., 2011. Towards a sociological analysis of london 2012. Sociology, 45 (5), 733-748.
  • Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2011. Toward a physical cultural studies. Sociology of Sport Journal, 28 (1), 4-35.
  • Andrews, D.L. and Silk, M.L., 2011. Physical cultural studies: Engendering a productive dialogue. Sociology of Sport Journal, 28 (1), 1-3.
  • Silk, M. and Francombe, J., 2011. The Biggest Loser: the Discursive Constitution of Fatness. Interactions: studies in communication and culture, 1 (3), 369-389.
  • Bush, A. and Silk, M., 2010. Towards an evolving critical consciousness in coaching research: The physical pedagogic bricolage. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5 (4), 551-565.
  • Andrews, D.L. and Silk, M.L., 2010. Basketball's ghettocentric logic. American Behavioral Scientist, 53 (11), 1626-1644.
  • Amis, J. and Silk, M.L., 2010. Transnational organization and symbolic production: Creating and managing a global brand. Consumption Markets and Culture, 13 (2), 159-179.
  • Silk, M., 2010. Postcards from pigtown. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 10 (2), 143-156.
  • Silk, M.L., Bush, A. and Andrews, D.L., 2010. Contingent intellectual amateurism, or, the problem with evidence-based research. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 34 (1), 105-128.
  • Falcous, M. and Silk, M., 2010. Olympic bidding, multicultural nationalism, terror, and the epistemological violence of making Britain proud. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 10 (2), 167-186.
  • Bush, A. and Silk, M., 2010. Towards an evolving critical consciousness in coaching research: The physical pedagogic bricolage. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5 (4), 551-565.
  • Silk, M.L., 2008. Mow my lawn. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 8 (4), 477-478.
  • Amis, J.M. and Silk, M.L., 2008. The philosophy and politics of quality in qualitative organizational research. Organizational Research Methods, 11 (3), 456-480.
  • Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2008. Managing Memphis: Governance and regulation in sterile spaces of play. Social Identities, 14 (3), 395-414.
  • Silk, M., Schultz, J. and Bracey, B., 2008. From mice to men: Miracle, mythology and the 'Magic Kingdom'. Sport in Society, 11 (2-3), 279-297.
  • King-White, R., Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2008. Revisiting the networked production of the 2003 Little League World Series: Narrative of American Innocence. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 4 (3), 183-202.
  • Silk, M.L., 2007. Come downtown & play. Leisure Studies, 26 (3), 253-277.
  • Zhang, T. and Silk, M.L., 2006. Recentering Beijing: Sport, space, and subjectivities. Sociology of Sport Journal, 23 (4), 438-459.
  • Falcous, M. and Silk, M., 2006. Global regimes, local agendas: Sport, resistance and the mediation of dissent. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (3-4), 317-338.
  • Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2006. The fittest city in America. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 30 (3), 315-327.
  • Silk, M. and Falcous, M., 2005. One day in september/a week in february: Mobilizing American (sporting) nationalisms. Sociology of Sport Journal, 22 (4), 447-471.
  • Friedman, M.T. and Silk, M.L., 2005. Expressing Fenway: Managing and marketing heritage within the global sports marketplace. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 1 (1-2), 37-55.
  • Amis, J. and Silk, M., 2005. Rupture: Promoting critical and innovative approaches to the study of sport management. Journal of Sport Management, 19 (4), 355-366.
  • Silk, M. and Amis, J., 2005. Sport tourism, cityscapes and cultural politics. Sport in Society, 8 (2), 280-301.
  • Falcous, M. and Silk, M., 2005. Manufacturing consent: Mediated sporting spectacle and cultural politics of the war on terror. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 1 (1), 59-65.
  • Silk, M. and Amis, J., 2005. Bursting the tourist bubble: Sport and the spectacularisation of urban space. Sport in Society, 8 (2), 280-301.
  • Friedman, M.T., Andrews, D.L. and Silk, M.L., 2004. Sport and the façade of redevelopment in the postindustrial city. Sociology of Sport Journal, 21 (2), 119-139.
  • Silk, M., 2004. A tale of two cities: The social production of sterile sporting space. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 28 (4), 349-378.
  • Silk, M., 2002. 'Bangsa Malaysia': Global sport, the city and the mediated refurbishment of local identities. Media, Culture and Society, 24 (6), 775-794+836.
  • Silk, M., 2001. Together we're one? The "place" of the nation in media representations of the 1998 Kuala Lumpur commonwealth games. Sociology of Sport Journal, 18 (3), 277-301.
  • Silk, M.L. and Amis, J., 2000. Institutional pressures and the production of televised sport. Journal of Sport Management, 14 (4), 267-292.

Books

Chapters

  • Silk, M.L. and Manley, A., 2017. Urban and securitized spaces. Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. 344-354.
  • Silk, M., Francombe-Webb, J. and Andrews, D., 2015. Slowing the Social Sciences of Sport. In: Carlsson, B., ed. The Social Sciences of Sport: A Critical Analysis. London: Routledge.
  • Silk, M. and Morgan, H., 2015. The Broadcasters Perspective. In: Parent, M., ed. The Routledge Handbook of Sports Event Management. London: Routledge.
  • Caudwell, J., 2015. Sexualities and sport.
  • Silk, M., 2015. Spectacles. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Amis, J. and Silk, M., 2015. The Philosophy & Politics of Quality in Organisational Research. In: Bell, E. and Willmott, H., eds. Qualitative Research in Business and Management. London: Sage.
  • Amis, J. and Silk, M.L., 2014. Transnational organization and symbolic production: Creating and managing a global brand. Brands: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 119-144.
  • Silk, M., 2014. Neoliberalism and sports mega-events. Leveraging Legacies from Sports Mega-Events: Concepts and Cases. 50-60.
  • Bush, A. and Silk, M., 2014. Politics, Power and the Podium: Coaching for Paralympic Performance. In: Lee, S., Dixon, M. and Ghaye, T., eds. Coaching for Performance: Realising the Olympic Dream. Routledge.
  • Silk, M., 2014. Sport mega-events and neoliberalism. Leveraging Legacies from Sport-Mega Events. Palgrave-MacMilllan.
  • Rick, O., Andrews, D. and Silk, M., 2013. Liquid Beckham. Sports Heroes, Media & Celebrity Culture. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Silk, M., 2013. Postcards from Pigtown. Autoethnography. Sage.
  • Silk, M., 2013. The Cultural Politics of Sterile Sporting Space. In: Andrews, D., ed. The Blackwell Companion to Sport. Blackwell.
  • Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2012. The governance of the neoliberal sporting city. Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture. 127-142.
  • Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2012. Sport and the neoliberal conjuncture: Complicating the consensus. Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture. 1-19.
  • Francombe, J.M. and Silk, M.L., 2012. Pedagogies of fat: The social currency of slenderness. Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture. 225-241.
  • Silk, M., 2012. Media Sport. Sports Around the World: History, Culture, Practice. ABC-Clio.
  • Silk, M., 2012. Sport & Globalisation. Sports Around the World: History, Culture, Practice. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
  • White, R., Silk, M.L. and Andrews, D.L., 2012. The little league world series: Spectacle of youthful innocence or spectre of the new right? Youth Culture and Sport: Identity, Power, and Politics. 13-34.
  • Andrews, D., Mower, R. and Silk, M., 2011. Ghettocentricism and the Essentialized Black Male Athlete. In: Leonard, D., ed. Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports.. New York: Roman & Littlefield.
  • Silk, M., 2011. 'All these years of hurt': Culture, Pedagogy and 1966 as a Site of National Myth. Turning Points in Sport History. Palgrave-MacMilllan.
  • Silk, M., 2010. Sport Stadia. Encyclopaedia of Urban Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2010. Beyond a Boundary: Sport, Transnational Advertising and the Reimagining of National Culture. In: Karen, D., ed. The Sport & Society Reader. London: Routledge.
  • Andrews, D., Schultz, J. and Silk, M., 2010. The Olympics and Terrorism. The Politics of the Olympics. London: Routledge.
  • Silk, M., 2010. Sporting Spectacle and the Post 9/11 Patriarchal Body Politic. The Day that Changed Everything: The Impact of 9/11 on the Media, Arts and Entertainment. New York: Palgrave-MacMilllan.
  • Amis, J., Silk, M. and Mower, R., 2009. (Michael) Power, Gendered Subjectivities and Filmic Representation: Brand Strategy and Guinness' Critical Assignment in Africa. In: Wenner, L. and Jackson, S.J., eds. Sport, Beer & Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Friedman, M. and Silk, M., 2009. Expressing Fenway: Managing and Marketing Heritage within the Global Sports Marketplace. In: Nauright, J., ed. The New Sport Management Reader. FIT.
  • Amis, J. and Silk, M., 2009. Rupture: Promoting Critical and Innovative Approaches to the Study of Sport Management. In: Nauright, J., ed. The New Sport Management Reader. FIT.
  • Andrews, D., Silk, M. and Pitter, R., 2008. Sport and the Polarized American City. Sport in Society. London: Sage.
  • White, R., Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2008. The 2003 LLWS: Spectacle of Youthful Innocence or Spectre of the New Right? In: Giardina, M. and Donnelly, M., eds. Youth Culture & Sport: Identity, Power & Politics. London: Routledge.
  • Andrews, D.L., Silk, M. and Fitter, R., 2008. Physical culture and the polarised American metropolis. Sport and Society: A Student Introduction, Second Edition. 284-304.
  • Jackson, S., Scherer, J. and Silk, M., 2007. Globalisation and Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In: Collins, C. and Jackson, S., eds. Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand Society. Melbourne: Thomson-Nelson.
  • Andrews, D. and Silk, M., 2007. Basketball, politique et culture de rue. In: Archambaud, F., Artiaga, L. and Bosc, G., eds. Double jeu: Histoire du basketball entre France et Ameriques. Paris: France: Vuibert.
  • Silk, M., Bracey, B. and Falcous, M., 2006. Performing America's Past: Cold War Fantasies in a Perpetual State of War. In: Wagg, S. and Andrews, D., eds. The New Cold War. London: Routledge.
  • Silk, M. and Amis, J., 2006. Bursting the Tourist Bubble: Sport and the Spectacularization of Urban Space. In: Gibson, H., ed. Sport Tourism: Paradigms and Theories. London: Frank Cass.
  • Silk, M., 2005. Sporting Ethnography: Philosophy, Methodology & Reflection. In: Silk, M., Mason, D. and Andrews, D., eds. Qualitative Methods for Sports Studies. Oxford: Berg.
  • Silk, M., Mason, D. and Andrews, D., 2005. Encountering the Field: Qualitative Methods for Sports Studies. In: Silk, M., Mason, D. and Andrews, D., eds. Qualitative Methods for Sports Studies. Oxford: Berg.
  • Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2005. The Spatial Logics of Global Sponsorship: Corporate Capital, Cola Wars and Cricket. In: Amis, J. and Cornwell, B., eds. Global Sport Sponsorship: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Oxford: Berg.
  • Slack, T., Silk, M. and Hong, F., 2005. Cultural Contradictions / Contradicting Cultures: Transnational Corporatism and the Penetration of the Chinese Market. In: Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Cole, C.L., eds. Corporate Nationalism(s): Sport, Cultural Identity and Transnational Marketing. Oxford: Berg.
  • Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Cole, C.L., 2005. Corporate Nationalism(s): The Spatial Dimensions of Sporting Capital. In: Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Cole, C.L., eds. Corporate Nationalisms: Sport, Cultural Identity & Transnational Marketing. Oxford: Berg.
  • Andrews, D. and Silk, M., 2004. Global Gaming: Cultural Toyotism, Transnational Corporatism and Sport. In: Jackson, S.J. and Andrews, D., eds. Sport, Culture & Advertising: Identities, Commodities and the Politics of Representation. London: Routledge.
  • Silk, M. and Chumley, E., 2004. Memphis United: Diasporic Identities, S(t)imulated Spaces and Consumption Economies. Manchester United: Sporting Diaspora and Simulated Consumption. London: Routledge.
  • Silk, M., Slack, T. and Amis, J., 2003. Bread, Butter & Gravy: An Institutional Approach to Televised Sport Production. A Reader in Sport, Culture and the Media. Open University Press.
  • Silk, M., 2003. Televised Sport Production: Economic Boundaries of Action in a Global Media Age. The Commercialization of Sport. London: Frank Cass.

Conferences

  • Pullen, E., Hodges, C., Jackson, D., Scullion, R. and Silk, M., 2018. Representing para-bodies: The mediation between production and consumption in Paralympic broadcasting. In: DIFFERENT BODIES: (SELF-)REPRESENTATION, DISABILITY AND THE MEDIA 23 June 2017 University of Westminster.
  • De Martini Ugolotti, N. and Silk, M., 2017. Post-Migrant youth, parkour and the (contested) containment of difference in urban spaces of leisure. In: Leisure Studies Association 4-6 July 2017 Leeds.
  • De Lisio, A., Silk, M., Hubbard, P. and Bretas, T., 2017. Sex Work in the Context of 2016 Olympic Host Communities. In: London, Rio, Tokyo Olympic Symposium 8-10 June 2017 Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Silk, M. and Manley, A., 2017. Producing and Consuming Narratives of Nation: Using Exhibitions and Events as Tools for Placemaking. In: Invited Talk: Fudan University Urban Development Institute 14 June 2017 Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC.
  • Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Waldman, D., 2017. Transnational Gentrification, the new Indian Middle-Class and the Socio/Spatial Creation of Cloned Cricket Communities. In: Leisure Studies Association 7-10 July 2015 Bournemouth.
  • Silk, M., 2017. (Digital) City Branding, the Sensual & Overseas Visitor Perceptions. In: Invited Talk: International Workshop on Heritage Protection and Inbound Tourism 25 April 2017 Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, PRC.
  • Silk, M. and Andrews, D., 2014. The Bank, the Bike & the Mayor: Cycling, (the) Capital & Civility. In: Royal Geogrpahic Society Annual Conference 27-30 August 2014 University College London.

Reports

  • Manley, A. and Silk, M., 2017. China Visitor Report: Perceptions and Experiences of Bristol. Bath: University of Bath.
  • Silk, M. and Manley, A., 2014. Suzhou Tourism Policy Report. Jiangsu Provincial Government.

PhD Students

  • Devra Waldman (University of British Columbia, Canada). Men, Materials and Money: A multi-sited global ethnography of sport of sport focussed residential developments in India
  • Bethany Cleeve
  • Haydn Morgan. Enhancing social inclusion, educational attainment and employability through Sport for Change: a realist evaluation

Invited Lectures

  • The New Cultural Intermediaries: Sport & Corporate Nationalisms. British Sociological Association (sport group), University of Surrey, 24th November 2000
  • One Day in September / A Week in February. Northern Illinois Public Lecture Series, DeKalb, IL, USA, 30th June 2004
  • Come Downtown and Play: Commodity Histories and the Spaces of Sport Capital. University of Maryland Sport, Commerce & Culture Symposium. 29th February, 2004
  • The New Sporting South: A Response. Towson Academy of Scholars, Towson University, USA, April 12th 2007
  • Governance and Regulation in Sterile Spaces of Play. Co-hosted by Department of Geography & Department of Sport & Exercise Science, Loughborough University, 8th February, 2008
  • Sport, Globalisation & the Monumental Mega-Spectacle. Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, April 29th 2010
  • Towards a Critical Understanding of London 2012. RIMAD (Research Institute of Media & Design), University of Bedfordshire, 30th March, 2011
  • The Politics of Place, the Past & Peoples. William & Mary University (Virginia, USA), 5th July 2012
  • Paradoxes of London 2012: Place, Peoples & Past. Social Science Research Forum, Global Health, Policy & Innovation Unit, BARTS and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, 18th September 2012

Grants

  • Re-presenting para-sport bodies: Disability & the cultural legacy of the Paralympics (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Feb 2017). Awarded
  • Producing/Consuming ‘Romantic Scotland’: Exhibitions, Heritage, Nation & the Chinese Marke (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Oct 2016). Awarded
  • Sex work in the context of sports mega events: Examining the impacts of Rio 2016 (Economic and Social Research Council, 01 Sep 2016). Awarded
  • British Council: Sport & Social Transformation in Brazil (British Council, 01 Mar 2015). Awarded
  • BRIC Visitors to British Museums (British Council, 01 Feb 2015). Awarded
  • Suzhou Heritage & Leisure Management (Jiangsu Provincial Government (PRC), 01 Jun 2013). Awarded
  • Three: 30 Club: Enhancing Student Participation (Sport England, 01 May 2011). Awarded
  • Using Sport to Address Gender Based Violence (Women Win, 01 Dec 2010). Awarded
  • The Symbolic Orchestration of Spectacularized Tourist Space (British Academy, 01 May 2009). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • Leisure Studies Journal, Guest Editor (2015-2016)
  • Communication & Sport, Editorial Board Member (2012-)
  • Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise, Editorial Board Member (2011-)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, Grant Reviewer (2010-)
  • Leisure Studies, Editorial Board Member (2010-)
  • Journal of Sport & Tourism, Editorial Board Member (2006-)
  • Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Editorial Board Member (2004-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Deputy Dean (Research & Professional Practice), Faculty of Management
  • Director, Sport & Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC)
  • Head of Research & Professional Practice, Department for Sport & Physical Activity

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Contributor: Kings Cultural Institute 'Beyond Performance' Report into Major Events and Culture (Nov 2013)

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies (Southampton University (Chichester), 1994)
  • MA in Physical Education & Recreation (University of Alberta, 1996)
  • PhD in Sociology of Sport (University of Otago, 2000)

Honours

  • University of Bath Leadership in Teaching & Learning Award (University of Bath, 2013)
  • Doris W. Sands Excellence in Teaching Award (University of Maryland, 2007)
  • Best Paper Award; Sociology of Sport Journal (North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, 2002)

Memberships

  • Leisure Studies Association, Member (2015-),
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