Dr Adam Carter

BA (Hons), MA (Dist.)

Department of Sociological Studies

Research Associate

Dr Adam Carter

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Dr Adam Carter
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield B107
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Adam joined the Department of Sociological Studies in May of this year, as Research Associate on the ‘Brexit, Relationships and Everyday Family Life’ project, led by Dr Katherine Davies.

Previously, he completed his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, under the supervision of Dr Vik Loveday and Professor Monica Greco, on how processes of social reproduction relate to practices of laughter in the live stand-up comedy environment.

Whilst completing the PhD, Adam taught on undergraduate programmes concerning social theory, processes of modernity, culture and communication, and value and identity. He also convened a module at Birkbeck, University of London on ‘Class’ from a psychosocial perspective.

Research interests

Adam’s research interests are in exploring how people negotiate power relations in everyday life, and how these are bolstered or undermined by forces such as humour or affect/emotion. His PhD thesis explored how laughter and the experience of live comedy is entangled with cultural and social reproduction, and how affect and humour hold potentials for both challenging and reinforcing prevailing power structures (particularly around class, gender and race/ethnicity).

He is currently working on the ESRC- funded ‘Brexit, Relationships and Everyday Family Life’ project’ led by Dr Katherine Davies. This seeks to explore how families negotiate the politics of Brexit in their everyday lives, drawing on a suite of qualitative, ethnographically-inspired methods to do so (including interviews, diaries, network mapping and ‘Gogglebox’ video observations).