Scott Lash

Scott Lash [2001 © Jan Sprij]

Scott Lash

Scott Lash (US) is professor of sociology and cultural studies.

Scott Lash was born in Chicago (US). He received a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in sociology from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics (UK). Lash’s first academic post was at Lancaster University, where he became a professor in 1993. Between 1986 and 1991 he spent two years in Berlin as a Humboldt Fellow. In 1998 he went to Goldsmiths College, London University, to help establish the new Center for Cultural Studies, where he is Professor and Centre Director, as well as Project Leader in the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.

Lash is author of Sociology of Postmodernism (1990); Another Modernity, A Different Rationality (1999); and Critique of Information (2002). With John Urry, he is co-author of The End of Organized Capitalism (1987) and Economies of Signs and Space (1994); and with Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens of Reflexive Modernization (1994).

Lash published the essays Informational Totemism in the V2_ publication TransUrbanism (2002) and Information Flows and Involuntary Memory in Information Is Alive (2003).

Recent empirical research with Celia Lury, Dede Boden and Dan Shapiro has focused on the biographies of global cultural products and the new media in London. His research interests include information society, global media, continental philosophy, technology and culture, and the problem of "flows". Lash and Lury published together Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things in 2005.



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