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Dr Jason L Mast

Dr Jason L Mast

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Jason L. Mast is a Global Research Fellow at the University of Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study. Prior to joining the IAS, Mast received his PhD in sociology from UCLA, was a visiting fellow at Yale's Center for Cultural Sociology, where he also served as the managing editor of the ASA journal, Sociological Theory, and he held a research and teaching appointment at the Karl Mannheim Chair for Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Jason Mast works in the areas of theory, culture and politics. His work is cultural in that it focuses on how the outcomes of events are structured by processes of meaning construction and interpretation. He investigates events and political processes by focusing on how broad public meaning formations develop through constant interactions between political actors, media institutions and critics, and publics. Mast revises and extends how the drama metaphor illuminates how the processes of character formation and plot construction shape people's understandings of their political worlds.

Mast's research interests also include: the shifting bases of political legitimacy; resiginfication projects and performative innovation; event-ness; disgust and the symbolic logics that shaped Europe's 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Mast is affiliated with the University of Warwick's Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies.


2015: "Jeffrey C. Alexander," an entry in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, ed. James D. Wright. Elsevier.

2014: "Modernity and Postmodernity," with Nico Stehr, a chapter in Postmodernism in a Global Perspective, eds. Samir Dasgupta and Peter Kivisto. Sage.

2013: "Cultural Theory and Its Spaces for Invention and Innovation," an article in Mind & Society, 12(1): 23-33.

2013: "The Foundations of Innovation in Modern Societies: The Displacement of Concepts and Knowledgeability," with Marian Adolf and Nico Stehr, an article in Mind & Society, 12(1): 11-22.

2013: "Knowledge Society, Knowledge-based Economy, and Innovation," with Marian Adolf and Nico Stehr, an entry in Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ed. Elias G. Carayannis. Springer.

2012: The Performative Presidency: Crisis and Resurrection During the Clinton Years, Cambridge University Press. Monograph.

2012: "Cultural Pragmatics and the Structure and Flow of Democratic Politics," a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology, Oxford University Press.

2012: "The Knowledge Economy," with Nico Stehr, a chapter in Handbook on the Knowledge Economy, Vol. 2, ed. David Rooney. Edward Elgar Publishers.

2011: "The Rise of Performance in Mass Democratic Politics," an article in Cahiers de recherche sociologique, 51: 157-180.

2011: "The Modern Slaves: Specialized Knowledge and Democratic Governance," with Nico Stehr, an article in Society 48(1).

2011: Kulturell Sociologi: Program, teori och praktik / Jeffrey C. Alexander, with Mats Trondman and Anna Lund. Daidalos.

2006: Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual, edited with Jeffrey C. Alexander and Bernhard Giesen. Cambridge University Press.


Dr Jason L Mast
Office: S0.57, Social Sciences
Phone: 024 7657 4432