Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, Community Research and Action and American Studies
Richard Lloyd, Associate Professor of Sociology, examines how urban environments are shaped by broad historical changes, and how they contribute to new patterns of production and consumption. He focuses on the longstanding relationships between cities, as both historical accomplishments and dynamic entities, and artistic innovation and economic enterprise in contemporary contexts and the elevated role of the arts in the new urban economy. His book, Neo-Bohemia, focuses on an arts-identified neighborhood in Chicago, arguing that transitions in the 1990s and early 2000s signal a new urban paradigm that draws on longstanding traditions of the artist in the city and diverges from them in important ways. This new bohemia illustrates the durable relationship among place and cultural production and the changing economy of cities in the context of globalization and postindustrial enterprise. Currently, he is working on a book project that uses Nashville as a case study to differentiate elements uniting the city and musical production: legacy, industry and scene.
Urban Sociology; Sociology of Culture; Globalization; Political Economy
Lloyd, Richard. 2014. “Differentiating Music City: Legacy, Industry and Scene in Nashville.” Forthcoming in Music City. Musical Approaches to the "Creative City,” edited by A. Barber-Kersovan, V. Kirchberg, and R. Kuchar. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
Lloyd, Richard and Brian Christens. 2012. “Reaching for Dubai: Nashville Imagines Its 21st Century Skyline.” Pp. 113-135 in Global Downtowns, edited by M. Peterson and G. McDonogh. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Lloyd, Richard. 2012. “Urbanization and the Southern United States.” Annual Review of Sociology 38(24): 483-506.
Lloyd, Richard. 2011. “East Nashville Skyline” Ethnography 12(1): 114-45.
Lloyd, Richard. 2010. Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.