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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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • He is interested in supervising PhD work related to:

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


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