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Dr Liz McFall

Liz McFall

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Head of Sociology Dept
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • liz.mcfall

Professional biography

I am currently Head of the Department of Sociology.

Research interests

My research is about how consumer markets are made especially for dull products like life insurance that people don't really want to spend their money on. I am currently working on a book Devising Consumption: cultural economies of insurance, credit and spending which argues that it takes all sorts of technical, social, material, artistic and metaphysical know-how to make people buy in these circumstances. This claim also informs the CHARISMA Consumer Market Studies network I co-founded with Joe Deville. I am co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy (Routledge Taylor Francis), co-editor of Conduct: sociology and social worlds (Manchester University Press, 2008) and author of Advertising: a cultural economy (Sage, 2004) and a member of Centre for Research into Social and Cultural Change (CRESC).

Student supervision

I am currently supervising three PhD projects, Nobumi Kobayashi’s ‘The Social Significance of Brands’, Jane Wilson’s ‘UK arts policy: a suitable site for investigating the social life of methods?’ and Andras Novosath’s ‘What you see is what you get: devices of recognition and evaluation in the making of economic production’.

I welcome applications in any area connected with the sociology and history of markets and their connections to other areas of social and public life.

Books

Advertising: A Cultural Economy (2004) London: Sage. ISBN 0-7619-4255-6

Conduct: sociology and social worlds. (2008) Co-edited with du Gay, P. & Carter S. [eds] Manchester University Press

Refereed journal articles

A Good Average Man: calculation and the limits of statistics in enrolling insurance customers (2011) Sociological Review, 59 (4) 662–684. Winner of the 2011 Sociological Review prize for Outstanding Scholarship

The Practical Heart of Markets (2011) Australian Journal of Political Economy, 88, 5–24

Pragmatics and Politics: the case of industrial assurance in the UK. (2010) Performativity, Politics and Economics Special Issue of Journal of Cultural Economy. 3, 2 pp. 205–224

Devices and desires: how useful is the 'new' new economic sociology of market attachment? (2009) Sociology Compass, pp267–282

Fabricating the Market: the material promotion of life assurance in the long nineteenth century. With Dodsworth, F. Journal of Historical Sociology, (2009), 22 (1) pp30–54

The agencement of life assurance, Assembling Culture Special Issue of Journal of Cultural Economy. (2009) 2, 1-2, pp49–65

The Disinterested Self: the idealized subject of life assurance. (2007) Cultural Studies, 21, 4-5, July-August, pp591–609

Chapters in books

What have market devices got to do with policy instruments? (2014) In Charlotte Halpern, Pierre Lascoumes & Patrick Le Galés [eds.] L'instrumentation de l'action publique. Controverses, résistances, effets, Presses de Sciences Po

What’s new in the ‘new, new economic sociology’ and should Organisation Studies care? (2014) With Jose Ossandon. In Paul Adler, Glen Morgan, Mike Reed and Paul du Gay [eds.] Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents, Oxford University Press

'The Problem of Cultural Intermediaries in The Economy of Qualities', (2012) Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews [eds.] The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, Sage

'Un Bon Gars', [trans. Kevin Mellet] in Franck Cochoy [ed.] (2012) Du lien marchand : comment le marché fait société, Presses Universitaires du Mirail

'Agencement, Agency and Structure in Advertising' ( 2010 )Managing Media Work Deuze, Mark ed. Managing Media Work. London: Sage, pp. 191–198

'The rules of prudence: political liberalism and life assurance in the nineteenth century' (2010) The Appeal of Insurance, Clark, G; Anderson G. [Ed.'s], Lengwiler, M. University of Toronto Press pp. 127–151

Your Money or Your Life: making people prudent. (2008) In Mcfall. L. du Gay, P. & Carter S [eds] Conduct: sociology and social worlds. Manchester University Press

Which Half?: Accounting for Ideology in Advertising. (2007). Critical Marketing: Issues & Approaches. Elliot, R. [Ed.] Elsevier

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Member of The uses of social science (DD206) module production team 2010-2012.
Chair of Making social worlds (DD308) production and presentation team 2006-2012.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

A ‘good, average man’: calculation and the limits of statistics in enrolling insurance customers (2011-11)
McFall, Liz
Sociological Review, 59(4) (pp. 661-684)
The practical heart of markets (2011)
McFall, Liz
Journal of Australian Political Economy, 68 (pp. 149-168)
Pragmatics and politics: the case of industrial assurance in the UK (2010-07)
McFall, Liz
Journal of Cultural Economy, 3(2) (pp. 205-224)
Performativity, economics and politics: an overview (2010)
Cochoy, Franck; Giradeau, Martin and McFall, Liz
Journal of Cultural Economy, 3(2) (pp. 139-146)
The agencement of industrial branch life assurance (2009-03)
McFall, Liz
Journal of Cultural Economy, 2(1 - 2) (pp. 49-65)
Fabricating the market: The promotion of life assurance in the long nineteenth-century (2009-03)
McFall, Liz and Dodsworth, Francis
Journal of Historical Sociology, 22(1) (pp. 30-54)
Devices and Desires: How useful is the 'new' new economic sociology for understanding market attachment (2009-03)
McFall, Liz
Sociology Compass, 3(2) (pp. 267-282)
The disinterested self: the idealized subject of life assurance (2007-07)
McFall, Liz
Cultural Studies, 21(4-5) (pp. 591-609)
The language of the walls: putting promotional saturation in historical context (2004-06)
McFall, Liz
Consumption, Markets and Culture, 7(2) (pp. 107-128)
What about the old cultural intermediaries? An historical review of advertising producers (2002-07-01)
McFall, Liz
Cultural Studies, 16(4) (pp. 532-552)
Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending (2014-09-11)
McFall, Liz
CRESC
ISBN : 978-0-415-69439-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Advertising: A cultural economy (2004-01)
McFall, Liz
Culture, Representation, and Identities
ISBN : 0 761942 54 8 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : UK
The market will have you: The arts of market attachment in a digital economy (2016-09-30)
McFall, Liz and Deville, Joe
In: Cochoy, Franck; Deville, Joe and McFall, Liz eds. Markets and the Arts of Attachment. Culture, Economy and the Social ((In Press))
Publisher : Routledge
What’s in a name? Provident, The People’s Bank and the regulation of brand identity (2016)
McFall, Liz
In: Ertürk, Ismail and Gabor, Daniela eds. The Routledge Companion to Banking Regulation and Reform ((In Press))
Publisher : Routledge
What’s new in the ‘new, new economic sociology’ and should Organisation Studies care? (2014-10-16)
McFall, Liz and Ossandón, José
In: Adler, Paul; Du Gay, Paul; Morgan, Glen and Reed , Mike eds. Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents (pp. 510-533)
ISBN : 978-0-19-967108-3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
What have market devices got to do with public policy? For regulation, market devices and policy instruments collection (2014)
McFall, Liz
In: Halpern, Charlotte; Lascoumes, Pierre and Le Galès , Patrick eds. L'Instrumentation de l'Action Publique: Controverses, Résistances, Effets (pp. 119-142)
ISBN : 9782724614565 | Publisher : Les Presses de Sciences Po | Published : Paris
The problem of cultural intermediaries in the economy of qualities (2014)
McFall, Liz
In: Smith Maguire, Jennifer and Matthews, Julian eds. The Cultural Intermediaries Reader (pp. 42-51)
ISBN : 1446201333 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Un « bon gars »: l’importance des liens sociaux et des sociabilités dans la promotion de l’assurance-vie (2012-11-09)
McFall, Liz
In: Cochoy, Franck ed. Du Lien Marchand comment le marché fait société. Socio-logiques
ISBN : 978-2-8107-0205-3 | Publisher : Presses Universitiares du Mirail | Published : Toulouse
Advertising: structure, agency or agencement? (2010)
McFall, Liz
In: Deuze, Mark ed. Managing Media Work (pp. 191-198)
ISBN : 9781412971249 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
'The rules of prudence': political liberalism and life assurance in the nineteenth century (2010)
McFall, Liz
In: Clark, Geoffrey; Anderson, Gregory; Thomann, Christian and Graf von der Schulenberg, J.-Mathhias eds. The Appeal of Insurance (pp. 127-151)
ISBN : 9781442640658 | Publisher : University of Toronto Press | Published : Toronto
Your money or your life: Making people prudent (2008)
McFall, Liz
In: McFall, Liz; Du Gay, Paul and Carter, Simon eds. Conduct: Sociology and social worlds (pp. 55-86)
ISBN : 9780719078132 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK
Which half?: Accounting for ideology in advertising (2007-05)
McFall, Liz
In: Saren, Michael; Maclaran, Pauline; Goulding, Christina; Elliott, Richard; Shankar, Avi and Caterall, Miriam eds. Critical Marketing: Defining the field (pp. 125-138)
ISBN : 978-0-7506-8066-0 | Publisher : Butterworth Heinemann/Elsevier | Published : Oxford
The culturalisation of work in the new economy (2005-01-01)
McFall, Liz
In: Westenholz, Ann and Jensen, Torben eds. Identity In The Age Of The New Economy: Life In Temporary And Scattered Work Practices
ISBN : 1 843766 39 6 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
Conduct: Sociology and social worlds (2008)
McFall, Liz; Du Gay, Paul and Carter, Simon eds.
ISBN : 9780719078132 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK