Biography

I have worked at Keele University since 2004, teaching across the undergraduate sociology and media programmes, and on the MRes in Social Science Research Methods. My research focuses on media representation, with a particular interest in theories of scapegoating, identity and confession.

Research and scholarship

My research focuses on how media representation operates at an ideological level to construct meaning about groups in society. Early work examined high profile legal cases to reveal how the organisation of public discourse around a sacrificial figure intensifies patterns of social exclusion. I have since researched and written widely on media representations of gender, family, ethnicity, and migration. This includes an examination of the production and consumption of narratives about British Muslims with Professor Elizabeth Poole for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; and work supported by funding from the British Academy exploring how asylum seekers negotiate exclusionary media narratives. My current research investigates public discourses of menopause and considers how health campaigns are received by audiences.

I have supervised several doctoral students to completion and welcome enquiries related to my research interests.

Teaching

I teach across the sociology undergraduate programme and on the MRes in Social Science Research. I offer specialist modules in social movements, media representation, and research design.

Selected Publications

  • Holohan S. 2019. Some Human's Rights: Neo-liberal discourses of otherness in the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Open Library of Humanities, 27, vol. 5(1). doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2016. (A)moral Representation: The Hyper-sexual Construction of Amanda Knox. In Transmedia Crime Stories The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere. Gies L (Ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2014. Constructing Segregated Communities: Or How Britain Became ‘Muscularly Liberal’. In Religion, Media, and Social Change. Kennet G, Moberg M, Sjö S (Eds.). (11 vols.). New York: Routledge. full text>
  • Holohan S. 2014. What is a Cohesive Community Anyway? The Role of Mainstream Media in Narratives of (Dis)Integration. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 27-45, vol. 7(1). doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2012. '"We're a Very Normal Family": Representing the Mundane in Channel 4's The Family'. Media, Culture and Society. doi> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • HOLOHAN S. 2005. The Search for Justice in a Media Age: Reading Stephen Lawrence and Louise Woodward. Ashgate.

Journal Articles

  • Holohan S. 2019. Some Human's Rights: Neo-liberal discourses of otherness in the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Open Library of Humanities, 27, vol. 5(1). doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2014. Reading representations/representing self: the cultural politics of islam. EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 297-301, vol. 13(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Holohan S and Poole E. 2014. Guest Editors' Introduction: Negotiating Muslim Identities in Media Contexts. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 1-7, vol. 7(1). doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2014. What is a Cohesive Community Anyway? The Role of Mainstream Media in Narratives of (Dis)Integration. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 27-45, vol. 7(1). doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2012. '"We're a Very Normal Family": Representing the Mundane in Channel 4's The Family'. Media, Culture and Society. doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2011. Ain’t Got No Body:Confessions of Stelarc’s Head. Parol Quaderni d'arte e di epistemologia, vol. 20, 2010/2011.
  • Holohan S, Featherstone MA, Poole E. 2010. Discourses of the War on Terror: Constructions of the Islamic Other in the Wake of 7/7. The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 169-186, vol. 6(2). doi> link>
  • Holohan S. 2008. Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre, by Douglas Kellner. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 431-433, vol. 4(3). doi> link>
  • Holohan S. 2005. The racist murder of Stephen Lawrence: Media performance and public transformation, by Simon Cottle. SOCIOL REV, 576-579, vol. 53(3). doi>
  • HOLOHAN S and Featherstone M. 2003. Multiculturalism, Institutional Law, and Imaginary Justice. Law and Critique, 1-27, vol. 14(1). doi>
  • HOLOHAN S and Poole E. 2002. Race, Representation and Power: The Experience of British Muslims. Inter Sections, 79-88, vol. 2(3-4).
  • Holohan S. 2001. Race, media and the crisis of civil society: From Watts to Rodney King, by Ronald N. Jacobs. SOCIOLOGY, 793-794, vol. 35(3). doi>

Chapters

  • Holohan S. 2016. (A)moral Representation: The Hyper-sexual Construction of Amanda Knox. In Transmedia Crime Stories The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere. Gies L (Ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi> full text>
  • Holohan S. 2014. Constructing Segregated Communities: Or How Britain Became ‘Muscularly Liberal’. In Religion, Media, and Social Change. Kennet G, Moberg M, Sjö S (Eds.). (11 vols.). New York: Routledge. full text>
  • Holohan S. 2011. Assimilation. In Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Juergensmeyer M, Anheier H, Faessel V (Eds.). Sage.
  • Holohan S and Poole E. 2011. Three Phases of Representation 1994-2008: The Reporting of British Islam. In Islam in Its International Context: Comparative Perspectives. Hutchings S, Flood C, Miazhevich G, Nickels H (Eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • HOLOHAN S. 2006. New Labour, Multiculturalism and the British Media. In Muslims and the News Media. Poole E and Richardson JE (Eds.). I B Tauris & Co Ltd.
  • Holohan S. 2000. Judith Butler; Luce Irigaray; Donna Haraway; Frantz Fanon; Post-colonial Theory; Internet. In Collins Dictionary Sociology. Jary D and Jary J (Eds.). (Third ed.).

Other

  • Holohan S and Poole E. 2011. Muslims in the European Mediascape.

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