Welcome to the website for Steve Redhead, Professor of Cultural Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide in South Australia. Steve is a well known international author and Professor and has worked at numerous universities around the world. Steve lives in Adelaide in South Australia with his wife Professor Tara Brabazon. This website showcases Steve’s output to date – books, chapters in books, articles, podcasts, vodcasts, reviews, social media, all freely downloadable – and rolling reviews of all his eighteen books. It features a regular blog on what he has called ‘Theoretical Times’, his label for the contemporary post-crash cultural condition we live in today. Steve’s new book, also called Theoretical Times, is published in paperback by Emerald Publishing. It is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Footprint Books. Steve is currently working on two new books: Three Coups, a socio-legal/criminology study of the JFK Assassination, Watergate and Trump Election victory, and New Realisms and New Materialisms, a critical look at how new realisms in methodology and philosophy complement the new materialisms in contemporary theory.
Redhead’s book examines what he calls soccer fandom as pop culture. He argues that mellowness not violence now reigns on the terraces. I believe he is right.
The authors who most significantly influenced the literature of the 1990s took their inspiration as much from pop music and pop culture as from any literary tradition…their views on the cultures which spawned their work cannot fail to interest.
Redhead’s gentle interviewing technique proves to be a winner: he manages to unearth information more aggressive hacks could not. It is engrossing to read Warner and Welsh’s confessions…and it is amusing to discover that Roddy Doyle is supporting a Belgian opera based on The Commitments.
Redhead’s state-of-the-art exploration of contemporary football culture is bursting with fresh ideas, which he applies with both imagination and precision to his object of study. This trenchant mixture of raw realism and high theory is exactly what is needed to break the study of football culture out of its current ailing paradigms and reset the coordinates for a new trajectory. A genuine pathfinder.