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Last updated 27th March 2023


Ben is a cultural studies scholar, interested in the past and present of popular culture. He is particularly interested in audiences, players, users and fans, and the meanings and politics of play, spectatorship and participation.

His first monograph, Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences, analysed the histories and cultures of professional wrestling as it developed from a sport to a theatrical entertainment. He has published widely on popular culture, from players in mid-century arcades to the cosplaying practices of young families.

He is currently working projects relating to political fandom, popular media “culture wars”, and the moralities of contemporary mediated culture. His next monograph, Media, Participation and Morality, will be published soon

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • The overlap of political and popular communication
  • Fans, users, audiences and participatory cultures
  • Media, games and cultural histories


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