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Mark  Turner

Mark Turner

Course Leader

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3565 ext. 3565 Room no. RM203A

Biography

Mark Turner is a senior lecturer in sociology of sport on Solent's sport and outdoor management programme. He is also a member of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research and the course leader for the BA (Hons) Sport Management and BA (Hons) Sport Studies and Business degree programmes.

Mark joined Solent in September 2011 having previously worked at Edgehill University. He is currently studying his PhD titled ‘Networks of the Terraced and Post-Terraced worlds of the Football Supporters Association and Federation from 1989 to 2019.’ Mark was awarded his undergraduate degree from the University of Lancaster and his postgraduate degree from the University of Brighton. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mark’s main teaching interests are located in the areas of sport sociology and cultural studies. He is unit leader for globalisation and sport, and teaches specifically on the following areas: sport and social issues, sociology of sport, research methods for sport, and contemporary sports issues. He also teaches on the postgraduate MA Sport, Development and Management programme.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Mark is a member of the Football Supporters Federation and is networked with various supporter organisations across Europe across a range of fan movements.
    Mark is a former youth player for Wigan Athletic and was a member of their centre of excellence before being offered a full time YTS in 1997. Mark is also a season ticket holder for Manchester City Football Club. As such, his research and teaching are very much underpinned by knowledge and experience of the game both as a player and spectator.
  2. Research interests

    Mark’s expertise focuses upon the social, cultural and political changes in English football over the past thirty years and their impact on football supporters. He is particularly interested in the emergence, mobilisation and tactical repertoires of various supporter protests, networks and social movements in English football and is currently researching the Safe Standing campaign.
  3. Recent publications

    Mark's recent publications include peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conferences and online publications. Follow the link below for more information.

    Peer-reviewed journal articles

    Turner, M. (2017) 'Modern English Football Fandom and Hyperreal, ‘Safe’, ‘All-seater’ Stadia: Examining the Contemporary Football Stage, Soccer and Society'. 18. (1). pp. 121-131.

    Turner, M. (2013) 'From local heroism to global celebrity stardom: a critical reflection on the social, cultural and political changes in British football culture from the 1950's to the formation of the Premier League'. Soccer and SocietyIn Press.

    Turner, M. (2013) 'Modern 'live' football: moving from the panoptican gaze to the performative, virtual and carnivalesque'. Sport in Society. 16. (1). pp. 85-93.

    Turner, M. (2012) 'From 'pats on the back' to 'dummy sucking': a critique of the changing social, cultural and political significance of football goal celebrations'. Soccer and Society. 13. (1). 1-18.

    Book chapters

    Turner, M. (2017) ‘Football without fans is nothing’: Contemporary Fan Protests and Resistance Communities in the Premier League Era. In Elliott, R. (Ed) . The English Premier League: A socio-cultural analysis. London: Routledge. 

    Turner, M. (2014) 'Football Fandom in Late Modernity: Alternative Spaces and Places of Consumption', in Fletcher, T., Dashper, K. and McCullough, N. (Eds.) Sports Events, Society and Culture. Taylor and Francis: Oxford

    Turner, M. (2013) 'English Football Goal Celebrations within a Global Context' in Waine, A and Naglo, K (Eds.) On and off the field: Football culture in England and Germany. Berlin: Springer.

    Online Publications

    Turner, M. (2014) The pageantry, performance and publicity of goal celebrations, in the Conversation.

    Turner, M. (2014) #WorldCup: tweeting football fans change the nature of the game, in the Conversation. 

    Conferences

    Turner, M. (2016) 'The evolution of the Safe Standing Movement; investigating the tactics and mobilisations'. Presentation at the ‘Future Football: a design for life’ conference by the Football Collective, Broadhurst Park, Manchester.

    Turner, M. (2016) 'Investigating the networks, tactics and mobilisations to permit standing at football matches in England and Wales'. Paper Presented at the North America Society for the Sociology of Sport, Tampa, Florida

    Turner, M. (2016) 'Investigating the new fan movement to permit standing at football in England and Wales'. Paper presented at the World Congress for the Sociology of Sport, International Sociology of Sport Association, Budapest, Hungary.

    Turner, M (2016) 'Examining the new fan movement to permit standing at football in England and Wales'. Paper presented at the 13th European Association for the Sociology of Sport Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. Candidate:

    Turner, M. (2015) 'Exploring English Football Fan Activism, Mobilisation, and Social Movements post- 1990: A Case Study of the ‘Safe Standing’ Campaign'. Paper presented at the 12th European Association for the Sociology of Sport, Dublin. Ireland.

    Turner, M. (2015) 'Fan Activism and Inclusive Social Movements'. Paper presented at the Football as Inclusive Leisure Conference, Southampton Solent University. Southampton. England.

    Turner, M. (2013) 'From local heroism to global celebrity stardom: a critical reflection on the social, cultural and political changes in British football culture from the 1950's to the formation of the Premier League'. 2nd Global Conference: Sport Probing the Boundaries. Athens. Greece.

    Turner, M. (2013) 'Towards a sociology of the football goal celebration'. 10th European Association for the Sociology of Sport Congress. Cordoba. Spain.

    Invited conferences and speeches

    Turner, M. (2013) 'Football and Postmodern world. Summer Course'. University of Tenerife.

    Turner, M. (2013) 'A critique of the changing social, cultural and political significance of football goal celebrations'. Summer Course. University of Tenerife.