Biography

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. 

 

Career History

  • 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

 

Academic Background

  • 1972-1975 BA in Politics (1st Class), University of Warwick  
  • 1975-1978 DPhil, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

 

All Publications

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Street, J.

(2014)

Awards, Prizes and Popular Taste: Organising the Judgement of Music

In: Popular Music Matters : Essays in Honour of Simon Frith.

Ashgate

pp. 181-194

ISBN 9781472421791

UEA Repository

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Street, J.

(2014)

Music as Political Communication

In: Oxford Handbook of Political Communication.

Oxford University Press

Full Text UEA Repository

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(2014)

Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN 9781443859455

UEA Repository

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(2014)

Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of 'Consensus'

Routledge

ISBN 9781138799929

UEA Repository

(Book)


(2014)

Fight Back : Punk, Politics and Resistance

Manchester University Press

ISBN 9780719090295

UEA Repository

(Book)


Rimmer, M., Street, J., Phillips, T.

(2014)

Understanding the Cultural Value of 'In Harmony-Sistema England'

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Street, J., Phillips, T.

(2014)

Intellectual Property Values : What do musicians talk about when they talk about copyright?

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Street, J.

(2013)

Music, markets and manifestos

in International Journal of Cultural Policy

19.

pp. 281-297

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Inthorn, S., Street, J., Scott, M.

(2013)

Popular Culture as a Resource for Political Engagement

in Cultural Sociology

7.

pp. 336-351

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Street, J.

(2013)

The Sound of Geopolitics : Popular Music and Political Rights

in Popular Communication

11.

pp. 47-57

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Street, J., Inthorn, S., Scott, M.

(2013)

From Entertainment to Citizenship; Politics and Popular Culture.

Manchester University Press

ISBN 978-0-7190-8538-3

UEA Repository

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Street, J., Inthorn, S., Scott, M.

(2012)

Playing at Politics? Popular Culture as Political Engagement

in Parliamentary Affairs

65.

pp. 338-358

Full Text UEA Repository

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Street, J.

(2012)

Do Celebrity Politics and Celebrity Politicians Matter?

in The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations

14.

pp. 346–356

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Street, J.

(2012)

From Gigs to Giggs: politics, law and live music

in Social Semiotics

22.

pp. 575-585

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Street, J.

(2012)

'Popular Culture and Political Communication'

In: The Sage Handbook of Political Communication.

Sage

pp. 75-84

ISBN 978-1-84787-439-9

UEA Repository

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Street, J.

(2011)

Music and Politics

Polity

ISBN 978-0-7456-3544-6

UEA Repository

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Inthorn, S., Street, J.

(2011)

'Simon Cowell for prime minister?' Young citizens' attitudes towards celebrity politics

in Media, Culture & Society

33.

pp. 479-489

UEA Repository

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Scott, M., Street, J., Inthorn, S.

(2011)

'From entertainment to citizenship: A comparative study of the political uses of popular culture by first-time voters'

in International Journal of Cultural Studies

14.

pp. 499-514

UEA Repository

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Street, J.

(2011)

Mass media, politics and democracy (updated and revised second edition)

Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN 978-1-4039-4734-5

UEA Repository

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Street, J.

(2011)

'The popular, the diverse and the excellent: political values and UK cultural policy'

in International Journal of Cultural Policy

17.

pp. 380-393

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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.

 

Teaching Interests

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.

Teaching Activities

Module Organiser: Politics and Mass Media, Politics and Popular Culture, Sound and Society


 

Professional Activities

  • 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

Administrative Posts

  • Deputy Head of School
  • Research Director, PSI
  • Deputy Chair of General Research Ethics Committee
  • ECPR Representative