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Michael James Walsh is an Assistant Professor in Social Science in the Faculty of Business, Government at the University of Canberra. His research interests include the sociology of interaction, the writings of Erving Goffman, cultural sociology, technology and music. A chief dimension of his research involves exploring the reception of communication technologies as they relate to and impact on social interaction. Michael was awarded his doctorate from Monash University in 2011.

Michael is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Research Methods 
  • Musical Culture
  • Sound Studies
  • Media and Communication Technologies

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Symbolic Interaction
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Microsociology

Research Methods of Interest

  • Qualitative interviews
  • Ethnography
  • Digital methods 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University

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Research Output 2009 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Co‐Present Conversation as “Socialized Trance”: Talk, Involvement Obligations, and Smart‐Phone Disruption

WALSH, M. & CLARK, S., Feb 2019, In : Symbolic Interaction. 42, 1, p. 6-26 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Equipment and Supplies

Sonic Havens: Towards a Goffmanesque Account of Homely Listening

Walsh, M. & de la Fuente, E., 29 Oct 2019, In : Housing, Theory and Society. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

qualitative interview

Soundtrack for love: wedding videography, music and romantic memory

Walsh, M. & Wade, M., 11 Dec 2019, In : Continuum: Journal of Media & Culture Studies. Online, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computer music
Display devices
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Interaction Order and Musical Sound: Shopping with Erving Goffman

WALSH, M., Feb 2019, In : Sociological Inquiry. 89, 1, p. 46-66 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
dual role

Their time and their story: Inscribing belonging through life narratives and role expectations in wedding videography

Wade, M. & WALSH, M., 29 Apr 2019, Social Beings, Future Belongings: Reimagining the Social. Tsalapatanis, A., Bruce, M., Bissell, D. & Keane, H. (eds.). United Kingdom: Routledge, p. 26-42 17 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Open Access
role expectation