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CSGS Visiting Scholar: Gavin Jack

CSGS Visiting Scholar: fall 2012

Gavin Jack

Gavin Jack is Professor of Management in the Business School, La Trobe University, Australia. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business & Languages and a PhD in international management/organization studies from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Located within critical management studies, Gavin’s interdisciplinary research interests include: the application of postcolonial theory and analysis to the study of management and marketing; critical, cultural understandings of international, cross-cultural and diversity management; theoretical analyses and ethnographic studies of consumption and consumer culture; more recent interests in the intersection of social class and sexuality.

Current research:

In 2010, Gavin co-authored an article with Professor Joanna Brewis (University of Leicester, UK) on the British phenomenon of the ‘chav’ – a derogatory term used to refer to Britain’s underclass- and ‘chavinism’ (see Brewis, J. & Jack, G. (2010) ‘Consuming chavs: An analysis of the ambiguous politics of chavinism on the British gay male scene, Sociology, 44, 2, 1-18). A media discourse on chavs, as well as a commodity and celebrity ‘chav culture’ emerged in the early 2000s, offering scholars considerable food for thought about contemporary class relations in the United Kingdom and their connections with consumer culture. In our article, we commented upon the representation and commodification of chavs and chav culture on the UK gay male scene, where chav nights and chav sexlines inter alia manifest a sexual fascination for chavs amongst a particular class fraction of gay men – middle class, professionals. The article discussed issues of gender performance, gay/queer and classed masculinities, sexual tourism, desire and sexual identification, and above all the intersection of social class and sexuality.

During my time at CSGS, I wish to pursue further reflections on the intersection of social class and sexuality, or, ‘queering class’ and ‘classing queer’, partly with an eye on the erotic dimensions of class mobility. I am particularly interested in the relationship between commodification, erotic life and queer/class relations.


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