Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof James Patrick Williams

Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65132713
Office: HSS-05-41

  • PhD (Sociology) University of Tennessee 2003
  • MA East Tennessee State University 1999
  • BSc University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1993
Patrick Williams joined the School of Social Sciences in December 2008 and is an Associate Professor of Sociology, having received his BS in Anthropology, and his MA and PhD degrees in Sociology. His theoretical interests include symbolic interactionism (sociological social psychology), cultural sociology, and qualitative research methodology. His research interests include youth cultures and subcultures, as well as digital and new media cultures. He is a member and former Vice President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
Research Interests
Professor Williams is trained in the symbolic interactionist tradition of sociology, a social-psychological perspective that foregrounds language and meaning as key dimensions of understanding the everyday life.

Prof Williams' research focuses on youth cultures and subcultures, self and identity, digital media, and games. Much of Prof Williams' publications has centered on the construction of subcultural selves/identities among young people who feel in some way separate from mainstream society. His main contributions to sociology have been theorizing (1) the role new media technologies play in facilitating the development and diffusion of subcultures and subcultural identities and (2) theorizing the social construction of subcultural authenticity. His second interest relates to the increasing salience of fantasy and digital games in everyday life.
Current Projects
  • Nanyang Education Award
  • Socio-Interactive Media Saves Energy & Water With High Life-Comfort
Selected Publications
  • Williams, J. Patrick. (2018). Subculture’s not Dead! Checking the Pulse of Subculture Studies through a Review of ‘Subcultures, Popular Music and Political Change’ and ‘Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives’. Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 27(1), 1-17.
  • J. Patrick Williams, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir. (2017). Muslim Girl Culture and Social Control in Southeast Asia: Exploring the Hijabista and Hijabster Phenomena. Crime, Media, Culture, 13(2), 199-216.
  • Csilla Weninger, J. Patrick Williams. (2017). The Interactional Construction of Social Authenticity: “Real” Identities and Inter-Group Relations in a Transylvania Internet Forum. Symbolic Interaction, .
  • J. Patrick Williams.(2017). Authentic Identities: Straightedge Subculture, Music, and the Internet. Youth Cultures, vol. 4Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Patrick J. Williams and Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir. (2017). “Youth Cultures in Southeast Asia: Exploring Hijabista and Hijabster Phenomena”. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, .

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