John Street is a professor of politics in the School of Political, Social and International Studies. He joined UEA in 1980, having completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford. His teaching and research focuses on the politics of media and culture.
He teaches a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Politics and Mass Media, Sound and Society, Politics and Popular Culture, and Media and Society. In 2007, he received a UEA Excellence in Teaching Award.
He is presently involved in five funded research projects. Three of these are part of CREATe, a centre funded by the AHRC and other research councils to investigate copyright and new business models in the creative industries. His particular projects focus on musicians and copyright and on the regulation of the collecting societies. He is also the Co-Investigator with Professor Matt Worley (University of Reading) of a Leverhulme project on the history and politics of punk, and with Dr Mark Rimmer (UEA) on an AHRC cultural value grant.
He is the author or co-author of seven book and some 80 articles. A special section of British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2012) was devoted to his article on celebrity politics that appeared in the same journal in 2004, and which won the Best Article award for that year.
With Simon Frith and Will Straw, he is a co-editor of The Cambridge Companion of Pop and Rock, and on the editorial group of the journal Popular Music. For 10 years, he wrote music reviews for the Times. He has written for New Socialist, Marxism Today, New Statesman, and a number of other publications, He has appeared on a number of broadcast programmes, including Radio 4’s ‘Thinking Allowed’ and ‘Taboo Be Do’, and BBC TV’s Daily Politics Show.
He supervises PhD students working on a range of topics, including the politics of music, new forms of political communication, and participatory democracy. He is a member of the Political Studies Association, the Subcultures Network, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and MeCCSA.
- 1978-1989: Tutor in Politics, Merton College, University of Oxford
- 1979-1980: Heyworth Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
- 1980-1994: Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia
- 1994-1999: Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia
- 1999-2003: Reader in Politics, University of East Anglia
- 2003- Professor of Politics, University of East Anglia
- 1972-1975 BA in Politics (1st Class), University of Warwick
- 1975-1978 DPhil, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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Music, markets and manifestos
in International Journal of Cultural Policy
pp. 281-297Full Text UEA Repository
Popular Culture as a Resource for Political Engagement
in Cultural Sociology
pp. 336-351Full Text UEA Repository
The Sound of Geopolitics : Popular Music and Political Rights
in Popular Communication
pp. 47-57Full Text UEA Repository
From Entertainment to Citizenship; Politics and Popular Culture.
Manchester University Press
ISBN 978-0-7190-8538-3UEA Repository
Playing at Politics? Popular Culture as Political Engagement
in Parliamentary Affairs
pp. 338-358Full Text UEA Repository
Do Celebrity Politics and Celebrity Politicians Matter?
in The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations
pp. 346–356Full Text UEA Repository
From Gigs to Giggs: politics, law and live music
in Social Semiotics
pp. 575-585Full Text UEA Repository
'Popular Culture and Political Communication'
In: The Sage Handbook of Political Communication.
ISBN 978-1-84787-439-9UEA Repository
Music and Politics
ISBN 978-0-7456-3544-6UEA Repository
'Simon Cowell for prime minister?' Young citizens' attitudes towards celebrity politics
in Media, Culture & Society
pp. 479-489UEA Repository
'From entertainment to citizenship: A comparative study of the political uses of popular culture by first-time voters'
in International Journal of Cultural Studies
pp. 499-514UEA Repository
Mass media, politics and democracy (updated and revised second edition)
ISBN 978-1-4039-4734-5UEA Repository
'The popular, the diverse and the excellent: political values and UK cultural policy'
in International Journal of Cultural Policy
pp. 380-393UEA Repository
The Changing Character of Political Communications
In: Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture.
ISBN 978-0521683463UEA Repository
"You're an American rapper, so what do you know?" The political uses of British and US popular culture by first-time voters in the UK
in New Political Science
pp. 471-484Full Text UEA Repository
“You're an American Rapper, So What Do You Know?” The Political Uses of British and US Popular Culture by First-Time Voters in the United Kingdom
in Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics
pp. 177-200Full Text UEA Repository
Playing to the Crowd: The role of music and musicians in political participation
in The British Journal of Politics & International Relations
pp. 269-85Full Text UEA Repository
The Voice of the People? Musicians as political actors
in Cultural Politics
pp. 5-24UEA Repository
Breaking the Silence: Music's Role in Political Thought and Action
in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
pp. 321-337Full Text UEA Repository
Vote for Me: Playing at Politics
In: Politicotainment - Television's Take on the Real.
pp. 109-128UEA Repository
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Key Research Interests
His main research interests are: the relationship between copyright and creativity; the politics of popular music; the ‘popularization’ of politics; and cultural value and cultural policy.
He teaches on the relationship between politics, media and popular culture. He has recently developed a module on Sound and Society. In the past, he has taught on democratic theory, British politics, theories of politics and society, and politics and technology.
Module Organiser: Politics and Mass Media, Politics and Popular Culture, Sound and Society
- Key note lecture, Italian Political Communication Association. December 2012
- Keynote lecture, Policy Notes Conference, Monash University, Australia. June 2012
- Member of the Academy of Social Sciences. 2010
- LSE Public Debate on Celebrity Politics. 5/2/09
- Deputy Head of School
- Research Director, PSI
- Deputy Chair of General Research Ethics Committee
- ECPR Representative