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Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of work
  • Sports Violence
  • Deviancy in Sport
  • Pleasure and the emotions


Dr. Christopher R. Matthews is a senior lecturer in sociology of sport and course leader of the BA(Hons.) Sports Studies degree. His research has focused on gender theory, men's health, drug use, violence, combat sports and inequality in the workplace. He is currently conducting projects exploring men who dance, sports fan cultures, media representation of female athletes and developing an anti violence community engagement project. He has recently finished a project for the Higher Education Academia and with colleagues is editing his second book which explores teaching sociology. He has published in a variety of peer review journals and is also the book review editor for the International Journal of Masculinity Studies. He has recently jointly edited the book 'Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sports: Women Warriors around the World'.

If you are interested in studying for a PhD with Christopher he would be delighted to hear from you. In particular he welcomes enquiries from prospective research students with an interest in gender and masculinity studies, violence in sport, combat sports, sporting utopias and the sociology of work.

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Research Publications

Number of items: 20.

Channon, Alex, Khomutova, Anastasiya and Matthews, Christopher (2018) Moving Lessons: Teaching Sociology through Embodied Learning in the HE Classroom In: Matthews, Christopher, Edgington, U. and Channon, Alex, eds. Teaching with Sociological Imagination in Higher and Further Education. Springer, UK. ISBN 9789811067242

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2018) Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports In: Burdsey, Daniel, Carter, Thomas and Doidge, Mark, eds. Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices and Structures. Routhledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138052246

Channon, Alex, Quinney, Ally, Matthews, Christopher and Khomutova, Anastasiya (2017) Sexualisation of the fighter's body: Some reflections on women's mixed martial arts Corps. ISSN 1954-1228

Matthews, Christopher and Channon, Alex (2016) “It's Only Sport”—The Symbolic Neutralization of “Violence” Symbolic Interaction, 39 (4). pp. 557-576. ISSN 0195-6086

Matthews, Christopher (2016) Exploring the pastiche hegemony of men Palgrave Communications, 2. ISSN 2055-1045

Matthews, Christopher and Channon, Alex (2016) Understanding sports violence: revisiting foundational explorations Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 20 (7). pp. 751-767. ISSN 1743-0437

Jakubowska, Honorata, Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2016) Gender, media and mixed martial arts in Poland: the case of Joanna Jędrzejczyk Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 40 (5). pp. 410-431. ISSN 0193-7235

Matthews, Christopher (2016) The tyranny of the male preserve Gender & Society, 30 (2). pp. 312-333. ISSN 0891-2432

Gough, Brendan, Seymour-Smith, Sarah and Matthews, Christopher (2016) Body dissatisfaction, appearance investment and wellbeing: how older obese men orient to "aesthetic health" Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 17 (1). pp. 84-91. ISSN 1524-9220

Matthews, Christopher (2015) Being nosey: the body as an effective but flawed tool for research In: Wellard, I., ed. Researching Embodied Sport: Exploring movement cultures. Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 130-144. ISBN 1138793442

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2015) Approaching the gendered phenomenon of women warriors In: Channon, A. and Matthews, Christopher, eds. Global perspectives on women in combat sports: women warriors around the World. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 1-21. ISBN 9781137439352

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2015) Global perspectives on women in combat sports: women warriors around the world [Edited Collections]

Matthews, Christopher (2015) The appropriation of hegemonic masculinity within selected research on men's health International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 11 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 1890-2138

Chawansky, Megan, Matthews, Christopher and Jarvis, Nigel (2015) The personal and the political in teaching, research and activism Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 68. pp. 27-31. ISSN 1728-5909

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2015) 'It is what it is’: masculinity, homosexuality, and inclusive discourse in mixed martial arts Journal of Homosexuality, 62 (7). pp. 936-956. ISSN 0091-8369

Rutherford, Zoe, Gough, Brendan, Seymour-Smith, Sarah, Matthews, Christopher, Wilcox, John, Parnell, Dan and Pringle, Andy (2014) ‘Motivate’: the effect of a Football in the Community delivered weight loss programme on over 35-year old men and women’s cardiovascular risk factors Soccer and Society, 15 (6). pp. 951-969. ISSN 1466-0970

Matthews, Christopher (2014) Biology ideology and pastiche hegemony Men and Masculinities, 17 (2). pp. 99-119. ISSN 1097-184X

Matthews, Christopher (2014) Teaching reforms: not all bad Network Magazine of the British Sociological Association. pp. 44-45.

Matthews, Christopher (2014) Teaching sociology in the 'brave new world' of education Network, Magazine of the British Sociological Association, Durham, UK.

Matthews, Christopher (2013) ‘Biology ideology’: how the language of science shapes our (gendered) lives The Sociology Teacher, 2 (2). pp. 4-7. ISSN 2052-3181

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