Reader, Media, Culture and Politics

Division: Media, Communication and Performing Arts

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Dr Jeremy Valentine (BA (Hons), MA, PhD) is a Reader, Media, Culture and Politics in the Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division. He is also a full member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

I started working at QMU (QMUC at the time) in 2000. Before that I had worked at Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan, Essex, East London and Bristol Polytechnic. I did a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies at North East London Polytechnic, an MA in Ideology and Discourse and a PhD on Thomas Hobbes’s book Leviathan at Essex University.

My main areas of research and teaching are focused on relations between culture and politics. By culture I mean the ways in which meaning and sense are made, and by politics I mean the ways in which power is exercised and opposed. Because those phenomena cannot be understood as existing in a vacuum I am also interested in the economic conditions of their existence, and the ways in which those are maintained and challenged through culture and politics. At the same time, I do not think that the economy is an objective fact, not simply because economics is a science that attempts to discover facts, but because the production, distribution and allocation of wealth are historical outcomes of the exercise of power. Economy is always political economy. I am interested in the critique of the ways in which those outcomes appear as natural and objective. By and large that happens through cultural phenomena such as language, mediation, even enjoyment.

At the moment my research is concerned with 3 broad problems: 

  1. Culture industry and economy: A recent example is my paper ‘Rent and Political Economy in Culture Industry Work’ (Journal of Cultural Economy, 2014, 7, 2, 194 – 208). This paper discusses the theory of the firm and the economic category of rent to think about organization and cooperation in cultural entrepreneurialism.
  2. Cultural governance and policy: A recent example is my chapter ‘Cultural Governance and Cultural Policy: Hegemonic myth and political logics’ in The Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy edited by Victoria Durrer, Dave O’Brien and Toby Miller (forthcoming – fingers crossed). The chapter is about how the adoption of the notion of governance by political systems gives rise to specific political logics in the field of cultural policy.
  3. Radical Democracy and the Theory of The Political: A recent example is my chapter ‘Lefort and the Fate of Radical Democracy’ in Claude Lefort: Thinker of the Political, edited by Martin Plot , 2013, Palgrave Macmillan. This chapter traces the ways in which Laclau and Mouffe develop Lefort’s notion of the political in response to changing political and economic circumstances.

More generally I have been working on a project, probably for too long, on the Critique of the Political Economy of Rent. I am interested in the idea that rent, understood as revenue from political position, has become the dominant form of the accumulation of wealth in order to avoid the risks associated with capitalism.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Association for Cultural Studies
  • Political Studies Association

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

My approach to research and the problems it produces is derived from British Cultural Studies methodologies established by Stuart Hall and his colleagues at Birmingham in the 1970s through the development of the Marxism of Gramsci and Althusser in order to analyze the political and economic dimensions of culture. It also uses the post-Marxist discourse theory of radical democracy developed by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, the deconstruction of Jacque Derrida, and the theory of the subject developed by Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault. I am also in the theoretical and methodological debates that those approaches have stimulated.

Active Research Interests:

  • Cultural studies
  • Critical theory
  • Post-structuralism
  • Culture industry
  • Cultural economy
  • Cultural organisations and institutions
  • Cultural governance and policy
  • Radical democracy
  • Hegemony
  • The subject

Research Methods:

  • Discourse
  • Deconstruction
  • Critique
  • Negation


At undergraduate level I deliver modules on the relations between media, culture and society, and I also teach theories of media events. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations. At postgraduate level I deliver modules on culture and economy, and on work in culture industry. I also supervise postgraduate dissertations. I supervise PhDs mainly in the areas of cultural policy and cultural economy.

Programme Leader:

MA Culture and Creative Enterprise



  • I3168 Media, Culture and Society
  • I4169 Media Events
  • I4141 Dissertation


  • IM 171 Introduction to Culture and Economy
  • IM 173 Work, Organisation and Production in Culture and Creative Enterprise
  • IM 175 Dissertation
  • PhD Supervision