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Associate Professor Sean Phelan

Associate Professor

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

Sean has been working at Massey University Wellington since August 2003 and has a PhD in Communications from Dublin City University. He teaches and researches in the field of critical communication and media studies. He is the co-editor of Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (2012, AUT media). His book, Neoliberalism, Media and the Political, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2014.

 

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 4 801 5799 ext 62508
    Location: 50000000, Block 5
    Campus: Wellington

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Critical communications and media studies; discourse theory and analysis; media and neoliberalism; critical political theory; political communication; cultural politics; journalism studies; global communication; field theory; research methodologies; media sociology.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Cultural Studies (200200): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Phelan, SP., & salter, LS. (2017). The Journalistic Habitus, Neoliberal(ized) Logics, and the Politics of Public Education. Journalism Studies. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjos20/current
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, SP., & salter, LS. (2017). The Morality and Political Antagonisms of Neoliberal Discourse: Campbell Brown and the Corporatization of Educational Justice. International Journal of Communication. 11, 3030-3050 Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, SP. (2016). ‘It’s neoliberalism, stupid’ New Zealand media and the NZME-Fairfax merger. Counterfutures; Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa. 2(2), 193-10 Retrieved from http://counterfutures.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Bernanke, J., & Phelan, S. (2016). The politics of interfield antagonisms: Journalism, the visual arts and the et al. controversy. Journalism Studies. , 1-18 Retrieved from doi:10.1080/1461670X.2016.1173520
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2016). Reinvigorating ideology critique: between trust and suspicion. Media, Culture and Society. 38(2), 274-283
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2015). LEARN TO WRITE BADLY: HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. 12(4), 494-497
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Dahlberg, L. (2014). Post-Marxist discourse theory and critical political economy INTRODUCTION. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. 11(3), 255-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Dahlberg, L. (2014). INTRODUCTION: Post-Marxist discourse theory and critical political economy. Critical Discourse Studies. 11(3), 255-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2013). Television Journalism. MEDIA INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA. (148), 161-162
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2013). The rise and fall of neo-liberalism: the collapse of an economic order?. CRITICAL DISCOURSE STUDIES. 10(1), 117-119
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012). Neoliberalism, media and the return of Brash. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies (Online). 13(2), 4-17 Retrieved from http://www.nzmediastudies.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012). The discourse of politics in action: Politics as usual by Ruth Wodak, 2009. Internations Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. 8(1), 130-133 Retrieved from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/mcp/2012/00000008/00000001/art00008#trial
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012). The University, the Media and the Politics of Voice. TOPIA-CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES. (28), 180-187
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2011). Media Critique, Agonistic Respect And The (Im)Possibility Of A "Really Quite Pretentious" Liminal Space.. Journalism Practice. 5(3), 272-286
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Brereton, P. (2010). Neither with you or against you: Irish cultural representation of America after September 11. Cultural Studies. 24(6), 854-870
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Owen, T. (2010). The Paradoxes of Media Globalization: On the Banal "World" of New Zealand Journalism. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. 4, 27-53
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2009). The newspaper as political antagonist: Editorial discourse and the othering of Maori perspectives on the foreshore and seabed conflict. Journalism. 10(2), 217-237
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2009). The newspaper as political antagonist. Journalism. 10(2), 217-237
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Shearer, F. (2009). The “radical”, the “activist” and the hegemonic newspaper articulation of the aotearoa new zealand foreshore and seabed conflict. Journalism Studies. 10(2), 220-237
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S., Shearer, F.
Phelan, S. (2008). Democracy, the academic field and the (New Zealand) journalistic habitus. Studies in Language and Capitalism. 3/4, 161-180 Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10179/1190
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008). Book review: Ideology: explorations in contemporary social, political and cultural theory. Social Semiotics. 18(1), 101-107
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008). Political communication: an introduction to disciplinary debates and preoccupations. The Review of Communication. 8(2), 181-184
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2007). Messy grand narrative or analytical blind spot? when speaking of neoliberalism. Comparative European Politics. 5, 328-338
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2007). The discourses of neoliberal hegemony: The case of the Irish Republic. Critical Discourse Studies. 4(1), 29-48
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2007). The discursive dynamics of neo-liberal consensus - Irish broadsheet editorials and the privatization of Eircom. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS. 6(1), 7-28
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2005). Review of Berger's media analysis techniques (3rd ed). Prism. 3(1), 1-2 Retrieved from http://www.prismjournal.org/vol_3_iss_1.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2005). In the name of the poor: Contesting political space for poverty reduction. Review of Political Economy. 17(4), 622-624
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., Bernanke, J., & Fountaine, S. (2005). A 'heart to heart' on race relations: TVNZ's State of the Nation as public sphere discourse. Pacific Journalism Review. 11(1), 133-153 Retrieved from http://www.pjreview.info/articles/heart-heart-race-relations-tvnz-s-state-nation-public-sphere-discourse-758
[Journal article]Authored by: Fountaine, S., Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2004). Reading digital culture. PRism. 2(1), 1-2 Retrieved from http://www.prismjournal.org/homepage.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Martin, P., & Phelan, S. (2002). Representing Islam in the wake of September 11: A comparison of US television and CNN online messageboard discourses. Prometheus. 20(3), 263-269
[Journal article]Authored by: Phelan, S.

Book

Phelan, SP. (2107). Critical discourse analysis and media studies. In JF. John Flowerdew, & JR. John E. Richardson (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies. (pp. 285 - 287). Abingdon UK & New York: Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S.(2014). Neoliberalism, media and the political.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2014). Critiquing neoliberalism: Three interrogations and a defense. In LA. Lievrouw (Ed.) Challenging Communication Research. (pp. 27 - 41). Pieterlen, Switzerland: Peter Lang
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Hirst, M., Phelan, S., & Rupar, V. (Eds.) (2012). Scooped: The politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology [AUT] Media
[Edited Book]Authored by: Phelan, S.Edited by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., Rupar, V., & Hirst, M. (2012). Introduction: Journalism and journalism studies in Aotearoa New Zealand. In M. Hirst, S. Phelan, & V. Rupar (Eds.) Scooped: The politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 11 - 26). Auckland: Auckland University of Technology [AUT] Media
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.Edited by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012). Media power, journalism and agency. In M. Hirst, S. Phelan, & V. Rupar (Eds.) Scooped: The politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 80 - 95). Auckland: Auckland University of Technology [AUT] Media
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.Edited by: Phelan, S.
(2011). The media as the neoliberalized sediment: Articulating Laclau’s discourse theory with Bourdieu’s field theory.
[Edited Book]Authored by: Phelan, S.Edited by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Dahlberg, L. (2011). Discourse theory and critical media politics: An introduction. In Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics. (pp. 1 - 40).
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2011). The media as the neoliberalized sediment: Articulating Laclau’s Discourse Theory with Bourdieu’s Field Theory. In L. Dahlberg (Ed.) Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics. (pp. 128 - 153). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2009). Irish neoliberalism, media, and the politics of discourse. In D. Ging, M. Cronin, & P. Kirby (Eds.) Transforming Ireland: Challenges, critique and resources. (pp. 73 - 88). Manchester, England: Manchester University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2009). Asking the "difficult" questions - a comparative case study of British and Irish current affairs coverage in the immediate aftermath of September 11th. In T. Vestergaard, I. Lassen, & J. Strunck (Eds.) Constructing History, Society and Politics in Discourse: Multimodal Approaches. (pp. 67 - 84). Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2005). Irish media, Iraq and the charge of anti-Americanism. In SA. Nohrstedt, & R. Ottosen (Eds.) Global War - Local Views: Media Images of the Iraq War. (pp. 171 - 186). Goteborg, Sweden: Nordicom
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2005). Modelling communication. In F. Sligo, & R. Bathurst (Eds.) Communication in the New Zealand Workplace: Theory and Practice. (pp. 15 - 28). Wellington, NZ: Software Technology New Zealand
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2004). "No room for neutrality": September 11 and the Irish Times. In SA. Nohrstedt, & RO. Eds (Eds.) U.S. and the Others: Global Media Images on "The War on Terror". (pp. 177 - 190). Goteborg, Sweden: Nordicom
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Martin, P., & Phelan, S. (2003). History and September 11: A comparison of online and network TV discourses. In AM. Noll (Ed.) Crisis Communications: Lessons from September 11. (pp. 167 - 184). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
[Chapter]Authored by: Phelan, S.

Conference

Phelan, SP. (2017). The necessity (and impossibility) of antagonism: on the use of the concept of neoliberalism. In N/A Vol. N/A , Canadian Communication Association conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S.(2014). Neoliberal imaginaries, press freedom and the politics of leveson. . Seattle, United States of America
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S.(2013). Critiquing the critique of ‘neoliberalism’: a meta-analysis of discourses that question the value of the concept. . London, England
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012, May). Neoliberalization, rational choice theory and the journalistic habitus. Presented at Canadian Communication Association [CCA] Annual Conference. Waterloo, ON, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S.Media democracy and the paradoxes of neoliberalization. . Phoenix, AZ, United States
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012). Neoliberalization, rational choice theory and the journalistic habitus. In Canadian Communication Association [CCA] Annual Conference: Abstracts(pp. 1 - 1). , Canadian Communication Association [CCA] Annual Conference Canada: Canadian Communication Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008, January). So you do discourse analysis too? Some points of difference between two approaches. Presented at Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association Conference. Cardiff University, Wales.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008, December). Suspicion, trust and critical media analysis. Presented at Contemporary Critical Theories Conference. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008, July). Democracy, the academic field and the (New Zealand) journalistic habitus. Presented at Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008, June). Critical discourse studies, media analysis and logics of quantification. Presented at 3rd International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis. University of Essex, Essex, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008, June). Neoliberalization, ideological concealment and the logic of the journalistic field. Presented at 9th Essex Conference in Critical Political Theory Capitalism, Faith, Nature. University of Essex, Essex, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Shearer, FM. (2007, December). The 'radical', the 'activist' and the hegemonic coding of the foreshore and seabed conflict. Presented at Journalism Education Association of New Zealand Conference. Massey University, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2006). The mediatized antagonism of the New Zealand/Aotearoa 'Foreshore and seabed' conflict. Political Studies Association Conference: Proceedings.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2004, October). The construction of globalisation in political discourse: Some New Zealand and Irish illustrations. Presented at The 10th International Conference of the Iberian Association for Cultural Studies(IBACS): Culture and Society in the Age of Globalization. University of Burgos, Burgos, Spain.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2004, June). Postcolonial solidarity as discursive pose?. Presented at Colonialism and its Aftermath: An Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Martin, P. (2002, August). Framing September 11th: A comparative case study of British and Irish current affairs coverage on September 12th. Presented at Constructing Image and Ideology in Mass Media Discourse. Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Martin, P. (2002, April). Making sense of September 11th: A comparative case study of British and Irish current affairs coverage. Presented at What's News? The Syracuse University Symposium on the Nature of News. Syracuse University, NY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Martin, P., & Phelan, S. (2002, October). Mass media framing and message board reception. Presented at Focus on September 11: Lessons in Communication. New York Law School, New York, NY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Martin, P., & Phelan, S. (2002, February). Identification and dissent - Gatekeeper framing and online message board reception in the wake of September 11th. Presented at 'Cultures in Conflict' Interdisciplinary Conference. Saint Patrick's College, Dublin, Ireland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.

Other

Phelan, S. (2013, September). Neoliberalization and the journalistic habitus.. In Massey University. Presented at Massey University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012, November). The politics of antidisciplinarity.. Presented at Massey University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2012, August). Articulating neoliberalism in critical media analysis. In Massey Universtiy. Presented at Massey University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2010). Journalism power and critical pedagogy. Presented at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2008). Critical discourse studies and logics of quantification. Presented at Orebro University, Sweden.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2007). The politics of discourse analysis - some points of contestation between two approaches. Presented at Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2006). 'Beaches for all': the role of print media representation in the Othering of Maori perspectives on the foreshore and seabed conflict. Presented at Massey University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2005, October). Globalisation, neoliberalism and the Celtic Tiger. : Dublin City University, Centre for International Studies.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., Bernanke, J., & Fountaine, SL. (2004, September). A 'heart-to-heart on race relations' - TVNZ's 'state of the nation' as public sphere discourse. : Massey University, Department of Communication and Journalism.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Fountaine, S., Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., Bernanke, J., & Fountaine, S.A heart to heart on race relations: Tvnz’s state of the nation as public sphere discourse.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Fountaine, S., Phelan, S.
Phelan, S. (2003, March). 'Showdown with Saddam': A comparative case study of the news framing of the Iraqi crisis on RTE and CBS television. : Institute of International Integration Studies, The University of Dublin.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.
Phelan, S., & Martin, P. (2001, November). 'We're all Israelis now'. : School of Communication, Dublin City University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Phelan, S.

Thesis

Phelan, S. (2003). The influence of neo-liberal assumptions on media treatment of political economy in Ireland. (Doctoral Thesis, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Phelan, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 3
CoSupervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Leon Salter - PhD
    Neoliberalization, the media and resistance: articulations of the entrepreneurial self in New Zealand education policy discourse 1984-2013
  • Murdoch Stephens - PhD
    How might critique respond to the urgency of climate change? A challenge for environmental communication.
  • Angie Enoka - PhD
    Under the gaze: A study of the portrayal by the New Zealand print media of Pacific Island workers in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, 2007 - 2012

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2013 - Fiona Margaret Shearer - PhD
    A critical discouse study of an adult literacy organisation's publicity in Aotearoa NewZealand from 1973 to 2009
  • 2013 - Judith Lee Bernanke - PhD
    Interfield antagonisms: An examination of the New Zealand journalistic and visual arts fields in the case of the mainstream media coverage of et al. and the 2005 Venice Biennale.
  • 2012 - Thomas William Owen - PhD
    Patents, Pills, the Press and the Poor: Discourse and Hegemony in News Coverage of Global Access to Medicines Dispute, 1997-2003.

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