Slater, Don

Dr Don Slater  


Position held

Associate Professor (Reader) of Sociology


Experience keywords:

new media, development, consumer culture, consumption, sociology, visual culture, light, lighting, technology, cities, material culture, design

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Don Slater's work focuses on the relations between culture, technology and economy. Following work on consumption and consumer culture (Consumer Culture and Modernity (Polity: 1997) and Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Thought, with Dr Fran Tonkiss (Polity: 2000)), he spent over ten years working on the sociology of new media, including extensive ethnographic fieldwork in South Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean (eg, New Media, Development and Globalization (Polity: 2013) and The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach, with Prof Daniel Miller (Berg: 2000)).

Slater is currently developing a research programme called Configuring Light – sited in the LSE Cities Programme -- which looks at the ways in which light as a material is configured as part of built forms such as buildings, city streets and interior designs. This research aims to engineer theoretical and empirical collaborations between material culture and technology studies, urban studies, architecture and engineering. His current book project is entitled Cities and Technologies: Engineering Urban Life.

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

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Bordonaro, E. and Entwistle, Joanne and Slater, Don (2018) Social lightscapes workshops: social research in design for lighting professionals iGuzzini, Ancona, Italy. (In Press)

Entwistle, Joanne and Slater, Don (2018) Light as material/lighting as practice In: Trentmann, Frank, (ed.) Material Culture of Energy. Science Museum Group Journal, London, UK.

Entwistle, Joanne and Bordonaro, E. and Slater, Don (2018) The social study of urban lighting In: Davoudian, N, (ed.) Urban lighting for people: evidence based lighting design for the built environment. RIBA Publishing, London, UK.

(2018) Social lightscapes workshops: social research in design for lighting professionals Slater, Don and Bordonaro, Elettra and Entwistle, Joanne and Corten, Isabelle, eds 10.21953/lse.2ol60wo87m5c. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-909890-41-1


Sloane, Mona and Slater, Don and Entwistle, Joanne (2016) Tackling social inequalities in public lighting LSE-based Configuring Light/Staging the Social research programme, Configuring Light/Staging the Social, London, UK.


Slater, Don (2015) Consumer culture In: Cook, Daniel Thomas and Ryan, J. Michael, (eds.) The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of consumption and consumer studies. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK. ISBN 9780470672846

Entwistle, Joanne and Slater, Don and Sloane, Mona (2015) Derby In: Isenstadt, Sandy and Petty, Margaret Maile and Neumann, Dietrich, (eds.) Cities of light: two centuries of urban illumination. Routledge, New York, USA, 159-164. ISBN 9781138813915


Slater, Don (2014) Ambiguous goods and nebulous things Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 13 (2). 99-107. ISSN 1479-1838

Entwistle, Joanne and Slater, Don (2014) Reassembling the cultural: fashion models, brands and the meaning of 'culture' after ANT Journal of Cultural Economy, 7 (2). 161-177. ISSN 1753-0350


Slater, Don (2013) Making connections in the Global South South Asia @ LSE (29 Nov 2013) blog

Slater, Don (2013) New media, development and globalization: making connections in the global South Polity Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780745638324


Entwistle, Joanne and Slater, Don (2012) Models as brands: critical thinking about bodies and images In: Entwistle, Joanne and Wissinger, Elizabeth, (eds.) Fashioning Models: IMAge, Text and Industry. Berg, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781847881557


Slater, Don (2011) Marketing as a monstrosity: the impossible place between culture and economy In: Zwick, Detlev and Cayla, Julien, (eds.) Inside Marketing: Practices, Ideologies, Devices. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199576746


Slater, Don and Ariztia‐Larrain, T. (2009) Assembling Asturias: scaling devices and cultural leverage In: Farías, Ignacio and Bender, Thomas, (eds.) Urban Assemblages How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies. Questioning cities. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415486620

Slater, Don (2009) The ethics of routine: consciousness, tedium and value In: Shove, Elizabeth and Trentmann, Frank and Wilk, Richard, (eds.) Time, Consumption and Everyday Life: Practice, Materiality and Culture. Cultures of consumption series. Berg, Oxford, UK, 217-230. ISBN 9781847883643


Slater, Don and Barry, A, eds (2005) The technological economy Routledge, London, UK.

Slater, Don (2005) The sociology of consumption and lifestyle In: Calhoun, Craig and Rojek, Chris and Turner, Bryan S., (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Sociology. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 174-187. ISBN 9780761968214


Slater, Don and Miller, Daniel (2003) Ethnography and the extreme internet In: Eriksen, Thomas, (ed.) Globalisation: Studies in Anthropology. Pluto Press, London, UK, 39-57. ISBN 9780745320601

Slater, Don (2003) Cultures of consumption In: Anderson, Kay and Domosh, Mona and Pile, Steve and Thrift, Nigel, (eds.) Handbook of Cultural Geography. Sage Publications, London, 147-164. ISBN 9780761969259

Slater, Don and Tacchi, Jo (2003) Moderniteit in opbouw: een vergelijkende etnografie van het internet [Modernity under construction: comparative ethnographies of the internet] In: de Kloet, J and Kuipers, G and Kuik, S, (eds.) Digitaal Contact. Amsterdams Sociologisch Tijdschrift, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 205-222.

Slater, Don (2003) Modernity under Construction: Building the Internet in Trinidad In: Brey, Philip and Misa, Thomas. J and Feenberg, Andrew, (eds.) Modernity and Technology. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, 139-160. ISBN 9780262633109


Slater, Don (2002) Marketing mass photography In: Evans, Jessica and Hall, Stuart, (eds.) Visual Culture: the Reader. Sage and Open University, London, UK. ISBN 0761962484

Barry, Andrew and Slater, Don (2002) Introduction: the technological economy Economy and Society, 31 (2). 175-193. ISSN 0308-5147

Slater, Don (2002) From calculation to alienation: disentangling economic abstractions Economy and Society, 31 (2). 234-249. ISSN 0308-5147

Barry, Andrew and Slater, Don (2002) Technology, politics and the market: an interview with Michel Callon Economy and Society, 31 (2). 285-306. ISSN 0308-5147

Slater, Don (2002) Capturing markets from the economists In: du Gay, Paul and Pryke, Michael, (eds.) Cultural Economy: Cultural Analysis and Commercial Life. Sage Publications, London, 59-77. ISBN 9780761959922

Slater, Don (2002) Social relationships and identity online and offline In: Lievrouw, Leah and Livingstone, Sonia, (eds.) Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of Icts. Sage Publications, London, UK, 533-546. ISBN 0761965106

Slater, Don (2002) Markets, materiality and the "new economy" In: Metcalfe, Stanley and Warde, Alan, (eds.) Market Relations and the Competitive Process. New dynamics of innovation & competition. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 95-113. ISBN 9780719064685

Binkley, Sam and Slater, Don (2002) Existentialism with an historical imagination: a round-table discussion with Agnes Heller and Marshall Berman Journal of Consumer Culture, 2 (1). 119-134. ISSN 1469-5405


Slater, Don and Miller, Daniel (2000) The internet: an ethnographic approach 1st, Berg Publishers, Oxford. ISBN 9781859733899

Slater, Don (2000) Looking backwards In: Lee, Martyn, (ed.) The Consumer Society Reader. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 177-185. ISBN 9780631207986

Slater, Don and Tonkiss, Fran (2000) Market society: markets and modern social theory Polity Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780745620275

Slater, Don (2000) Consumption without scarcity: exchange and normativity in an internet setting In: Jackson, Peter and Lowe, Michelle and Miller, Daniel and Mort, Frank, (eds.) Commercial Cultures: Economies, Practices, Spaces. Leisure, consumption, and culture. Berg, Oxford, 123-124. ISBN 9781859733820

Slater, Don (2000) Political discourse and the politics of need: discourses on the good life in cyberspace In: Bennett, W. Lance and Entman, Robert, (eds.) Mediated Politics. Communication, society and politics. Cambridge University Press, New York, 117-140. ISBN 9780521789769


Slater, Don (1998) Trading sexpics on IRC : embodiment and authenticity on the internet Body and Society, 4 (4). 91-117. ISSN 1357-034X

Rival, Laura M. and Slater, Don and Miller, Daniel (1998) Sex and sociality : comparative ethnographies of sexual objectification Theory, Culture and Society, 15 (3-4). 295-321. ISSN 0263-2764

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