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M.C.M. (Mel) van Elteren


Universitair Hoofddocent

TS Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

Expertise

Investigations of various topics regarding the economy, politics, labor and culture (and their interrelations) of industrial societies and emerging postindustrial societies, thereby borrowing theoretical frameworks and insights from the following fields:

sociology; social and labor history, and corporate history; European and American intellectual history, more specifically in relation to the human and social sciences and the study of workplaces, technology, organization, and labor; as well as culture & media studies in relation to power differentials and culture in all of its variety.

Special interest in 1) American society, politics, labor and culture in a global context, past and present; 2) the political economy and cultural complexities of various forms of globalization and imperialism.

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Publications

Principal publications
  • van Elteren, Mel (2014) Reconceptualizing "cultural imperialism" in the current era of globalization. International Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory, Volume 2, pp. 400-419. Eds. Robert S. Fortner and P. Mark Fackler. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • van Elteren, Mel (2011). Labor and the American left: An analytical history. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland. (More)
  • van Elteren, Mel (2009). Neoliberalization and transnational capitalism in the American mold. Journal of American Studies, 43(2), 177-197. (More)
  • van Elteren, Mel (2006). Americanism and Americanization: A critical history of domestic and global influence. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland. (More)
  • van Elteren, Mel (2006). Imperial gestures in portrayals of U.S. culture as a universal culture. Amerikastudien/American Studies, 51(2), 207-238. (More)

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Education

Holds MA degrees in sociology and psychology, and a doctoral degree in the social sciences (all three cum laude) from Tilburg University.

Doctoral dissertation: Staal en Arbeid [Steel and Labor] (Leiden: Brill, 1986), the first volume of two-volume history of managerial policies, changes in the quality of work and industrial accommodation processes of workers in the Dutch steel industry, Hoogovens (Corus Group 1999-2007, Tata Steel since 2007), IJmuiden (1924-1966).

Career

Taught at Utrecht University (Psychology and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences), October 1977 - July 1979;

and at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Sociopsychology; Cultural and Mental Aspects of Industrial Societies, Faculty of History), August 1979 - February 1991.

Associate professor of social sciences at Tilburg University since March 1991. Formally retired in 2012, he continues researching and publishing, located in the United States.

 

Publications

Principal publications
  • van Elteren, Mel (2014) Reconceptualizing "cultural imperialism" in the current era of globalization. International Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory, Volume 2, pp. 400-419. Eds. Robert S. Fortner and P. Mark Fackler. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • van Elteren, Mel (2011). Labor and the American left: An analytical history. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland. (More)
  • van Elteren, Mel (2009). Neoliberalization and transnational capitalism in the American mold. Journal of American Studies, 43(2), 177-197. (More)
  • van Elteren, Mel (2006). Americanism and Americanization: A critical history of domestic and global influence. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland. (More)
  • van Elteren, Mel (2006). Imperial gestures in portrayals of U.S. culture as a universal culture. Amerikastudien/American Studies, 51(2), 207-238. (More)

Click here for the extended list of publications

Other publications PDF

Projects

Ongoing book project with working title: "Management Strategies and Workplace Practices regarding Blue-Collar, White-Collar, and High-Tech and Other Non-Routine Knowledge Workers in America, 1890-2015."

From 1980 to 1991, research of personnel management and management of workplaces, as well as social policy of two companies, more specifically:

research of managerial policies, changes in the quality of work and industrial accommodation processes of workers in the Dutch steel industry, Hoogovens (Corus Group 1999-2007, Tata Steel since 2007), IJmuiden (1924-1966), culminating in two-volume history Staal en Arbeid [Steel and Labor] (Leiden: Brill, 1986);

research of personel management between enlightened paternalism and functional bureaucratic management of Oce-Van der Grinten, leading to chapter of company history, 1877-1956 (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 1992).

From 1987 to 1991 also two research projects in the history of the human and social sciences:

1) The reception of psychology and sociology of work from America in Western Europe, and the Netherlands in particular (including formulation of framework for the study of the applied behavioral and social sciences of work at the crossroads of managerial behavior control of workers and employees' attempts at workers' control and social emancipation);

2) Kurt Lewin's work on field theory and child development (including films) in Germany and on social psychology of work before and after his refuge from Nazi Germany to America, as well as his intellectual collaboration regarding social psychology with the Marxist social thinker Karl Korsch.

In the same period theoretical-methodological reflections on the integration of psychology, sociology, and societal history; on social-psychological experiments on obedience in the Milgram tradition; as well as oral history, biographical research, and youth culture studies.

From 1988 to 1991 secretary of Cheiron-Europe, International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

In the academic year 1991-92 fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and participant in the international theme group The Reception of American Mass Culture in Europe (focusing on youth cultures and popular music).

In the summer and fall of 1992 research scholar in the Fulbright Exchange Program at the Center of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Ms.

In the summer of 1994 visiting professor at the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, focusing on comparative research on work, culture and community in industrial towns in the United States and Western Europe, against the historical background of the renowned Middletown Studies by Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd.

From the mid-1990s, various theoretical and empirical explorations of U.S. society and culture, and analyses of the histories and theories of cultural studies and American studies in Western Europe and the United States.

In addition, since the late 1990s, in-depth studies of Americanization both at home and abroad, and of distinctive features of American society in its global context.

 

External accreditation

member of advisory board of Journal of American Culture

member of editorial advisory board of Journal of Popular Culture

member of editorial board of Popular Music and Society

 

Other activities

member of advisory board of Journal of American Culture

member of editorial advisory board of Journal of Popular Culture

member of editorial board of Popular Music and Society

Contact details
Room P1187
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
Email mel.vanelteren@tilburguniversity.edu

Universitair Hoofddocent
TS Social and Behavioral Sciences

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