Dr Dave Elder-Vass
Reader in Sociology
Dave came to Sociology after a career as an IT specialist and executive. Between IT and Loughborough, he studied for his PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, and spent three years as a British Academy post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.
His research interests are sociological theory and economic sociology, particularly in the new digital environment, and he has published three books with Cambridge University Press. For more details of his research programme, see his web site http://www.eldervass.com/
Dave teaches on a variety of the core Sociology modules in the first and second years, and runs a series of workshops in the third year that help students with the nuts and bolts of their dissertation projects. He also offers an MA module on Digital Economies and an undergraduate module called Debating Society – an innovative option module which consists entirely of debates between students on popular recent books on sociological issues.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2016). Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2012). The Reality of Social Construction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2010). The Causal Power of Social Structures, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Selected journal articles:
- Elder-Vass, D. (2015) 'Free gifts and positional gifts: Beyond exchangism', European Journal of Social Theory, 18:4, 451-468.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2015) 'Disassembling Actor-Network Theory', Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 45:1, 100-121.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2014) 'Giving and Social Transformation', Journal of Critical Realism 13:3, 261-285.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2011) 'The Causal Power of Discourse', Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41:2, 143-160
- Elder-Vass, D. (2008) 'Searching for realism, structure and agency in actor network theory'. British Journal of Sociology 59:3, 455-73.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2007) 'Reconciling Archer and Bourdieu in an Emergentist Theory of Action'. Sociological Theory, 25:4, 325-46.
- Elder-Vass, D. (2005) 'Emergence and the Realist Account of Cause'. Journal of Critical Realism 4:2, 315-38.