I have worked as a lecturer in politics and sociology at Sheffield Hallam University since 2012. Prior to this I worked for three years as an assistant lecturer at the University of Kent, where I completed my PhD thesis entitled 'Cultures of Participation: Delivering Youth Volunteering in Contemporary Britain'. This thesis focused on how social class plays a vital role in determining the recruitment and behaviours of young people as they participate in volunteering opportunities.
I have conducted research into the representation of homelessness, the role of reflexivity in the writings of Norman Mailer, and a range of research utilising original qualitative research methods to explore everyday life. Please see the publications below for more information.
Before academia I had worked for several voluntary organisations, recruiting young people to get more involved in their communities, including v, the national young volunteers' service, and CSV. I also worked for a time in local government, developing voluntary sector policy.
Participation in volunteering and charitable activity;
The everyday inequalities of social class;
Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological project;
Innovation in qualitative research methods and reflexive sociology;
Homelessness and its representation;
Social change and local communities.
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Development and Society
- Centre for Voluntary Sector Research
Dean, J. (2017) Doing Reflexivity: An Introduction. Bristol: Policy Press.
Dean, J. (2015) Volunteering, in M. Dubrick and D. Bearfield (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Public Administration and Policy (Third Edition). Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1081/E-EPAP2-120051793.
Breeze, B and Dean, J. (2012) User Views of Fundraising: a study of charitable beneficiaries’ opinion of their representation in appeals. London: Alliance.
Dean, J. (2015) 'Time to revive the debate over Britain's Big Society. The Yorkshire Post. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/jon-dean-time-to-revive-the-debate-over-britain-s-big-society-1-7128990
Dean, J. (2015) 'Drawing homelessness and the ethics of charity fundraising appeals'. SRO blog, February 2015. http://socresonline.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/drawing-homelessness-and-ethics-of.html
Poppy fascism, lobbying, and the ‘guilt trip’: The symbolic power of charity. VSVR Conference, Leeds.
The illegitimacy of informal volunteering. British Sociological Association ECR Theory Symposium, London. 2014:
The dangers of creating a volunteering market: Empirical findings, theoretical perspectives. The Third Sector, the State and the Market Symposium, Sheffield.
Selling experience: Instrumentality in youth volunteering. ARNOVA Conference, Connecticut. 2013:
Reclaiming the visual: An argument for visual methods in voluntary sector research. NCVO/VSSN Conference, Sheffield.
Reflexive research or the narcissism of autobiography? British Sociological Association Conference, London.
Cultures of participation: Delivering youth volunteering in contemporary Britain. Institute for Volunteering Research: Invited Speaker, London.
I am a regular reviewer for the LSE Review of Books, and you can access these reviews here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/category/disciplines/jon-dean/. I have also reviewed books for journals such as Sociology, The Sociological Review, Sociological Research Online, Voluntary Sector Review, and Voluntas.
DEAN, Jon and WOOD, Rachel (2017). ‘You can try to press different emotional buttons’: The conflicts and strategies of using emotions for fundraisers. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 22 (4), e1603.
DEAN, Jonathan, FURNESS, Penny, VERRIER, Diarmuid, LENNON, Henry, BENNETT, Cinnamon and SPENCER, Stephen (2017). Desert island data: an investigation into researcher positionality. Qualitative Research. (In Press)
DEAN, Jonathan (2015). “Submitting Love?”: a sensory sociology of Southbourne. Qualitative Inquiry, 22 (3), 162-168.
DEAN, Jonathan (2015). Class diversity and youth volunteering in the UK : applying Bourdieu's habitus and cultural capital. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (1), 95S-113S.
DEAN, Jonathan (2015). Desert Island Data : an experiment in researcher positionality and interpretivism. In: Societies in transition : progression or regression : conference programme and abstract book. British Sociological Association.
DEAN, Jonathan (2014). Drawing what homelessness looks like : using creative visual methods as a tool of critical pedagogy. Sociological research online, 20 (1).
DEAN, Jonathan (2014). How structural factors promote instrumental motivations within youth volunteering : a qualitative analysis of volunteer brokerage. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (2), 231-247.
DEAN, Jonathan (2014). Recruiting young volunteers in an area of selective education : a qualitative case study. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1-19. (In Press)
DEAN, Jonathan (2014). The images in our heads : fundraising literature and drawing what homelessness looks like. In: Changing society : conference programme and abstarct book. British Sociological Association.
DEAN, Jonathan (2014). The role of the reflexive self in mailer's protests. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 1 (2), 11-26.
DEAN, Jonathan (2013). A market to sell experience: how neoliberal volunteering policies trade on the pressures of being young. In: 42nd ARNOVA Conference : Recession, renewal, revolution? Nonprofit and coluntary action in an age of turbulence, Hertford, Connecticut, 21-23 November 2013. (Unpublished)
DEAN, Jonathan (2013). Manufacturing citizens : the dichotomy between policy and practice in youth volunteering in the UK. Administrative Theory and Praxis, 35 (1), 46-62.
DEAN, Jonathan (2013). The representation and perception of need : the moral choices facing homelessness fundraisers. Homeless in Europe, 2012/3 (Winter), 21-22.
DEAN, Jonathan (2012). 'It's just part of what they do': Habitus, social class and youth volunteering policy. In: University of Kent Sociology Seminar Series. (Unpublished)
BREEZE, B and DEAN, Jonathan (2012). Pictures of me : user views on their representation in homelessness fundraising appeals. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 17 (2), 132-143.
DEAN, Jonathan (2011). Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys : governmentality, state power and the responsibilization of youth. In: Contesting the State Conference, University of Kent, 13 May, 2011. (Unpublished)
DEAN, Jonathan (2011). Challenging narratives : the importance of informal volunteering. In: NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference 2011, NCVO, London, 7-8 September 2011. (Unpublished)
DEAN, Jonathan (2011). Volunteering and social class : a narrative approach. In: ARNOVA Conference 2011, Toronto, Canada, 17-19 November, 2011. (Unpublished)
DEAN, Jonathan (2010). ‘I’ve never met them or spoken to them’: statutory and voluntary sector relationships - a case study approach to understanding youth volunteering. In: NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference 2010, 6-7 September 2010. (Unpublished)
DEAN, Jonathan (2010). Youth volunteering policy : the rise of governmentality. In: Voluntary Action History Society Conference 2010, University of Kent at Canterbury, 14-16 July 2010. (Unpublished)
I am on the editorial board of the journal Sociological Research Online. I am a member of the British Sociological Association, and the Voluntary Sector Studies Network. I am also a part of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research, a research group working across many Sheffield Hallam departments to widen our understanding of voluntary sector issues and share learning. I am also a book reviewer for the LSE Review of Books.
For more information, and to view drafts of my research, please visit my academia.edu page at http://shu.academia.edu/JonDean, and for updates on my activities follow me on twitter, using @JonDeanStuff. I also blog in a personal capacity at http://empathyscience.wordpress.com.
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