Books and Monographs

Woo, B., Poyntz, S.R. and Rennie, J. (Eds.) (2016)  Scene thinking: Cultural studies from the scene perspective. New York: Routledge. [Reprint of Cultural Studies, 29(3), 2015]. Publisher Link

In a series of focused case studies – ranging across practices like drag kinging, Bangladeshi underground music, urban arts interventions and sites like single performance venues, urban neighbourhoods in various states of gentrification, and virtual networks of game consoles in countless living rooms – the authors demonstrate how ‘scene thinking’ can enrich cultural studies inquiry. As a humanistic, empirically oriented alternative to network-based social ontologies, thinking in terms of scenes sensitizes researchers to complex, fluid processes that are nonetheless anchored and made meaningful at the level of lived experience. This book was originally published as a special issue of Cultural Studies.

Poyntz, S.R. and Kennelly, J. (Eds.) (2015). Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times. New York: Routledge. Publisher Link

This edited collection brings together scholars who draw on phenomenological approaches to understand the experiences of young people growing up under contemporary conditions of globalization. Phenomenology is both a philosophical and pragmatic approach to social sciences research, that takes as central the meaning-making experiences of research participants. One of the central contentions of this book is that phenomenology has long informed critical empirical approaches to youth cultures, yet until recently its role has not been thusly named. This volume aims to resuscitate and recuperate phenomenology as a robust empirical, theoretical, and methodological approach to youth cultures. Chapters explore the lifeworlds of young people from countries around the world, revealing the tensions, risks and opportunities that organize youth experiences.

Hoechsmann, M and Poyntz, S.R. (2012). Media literacies: A critical introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Publisher Link 

This book traces the history of media literacy and grapples with the fresh challenges posed by the convergent media of the 21st century.  The book provides a much-needed guide to what it means to be literate in today’s media-saturated environment. It: (1) updates traditional models of media literacy by examining how digital media is utilized in today’s convergent culture, (2) explores the history and emergence of media education, the digitally mediated lives of today’s youth, digital literacy, and critical citizenship, and (3) completes with sidebar commentary written by leading media researchers and educators spotlighting new research in the field and an annotated bibliography of key texts and resources.

Edited Journal Special Issues

Woo, B. Poyntz, S.R. and Rennie, J. (Eds.) (2015). Scene again: Social life, research, and cultural studies. Cultural Studies, Vol. 29, issue 3.

Poyntz, S. Kennelly, J. and Ugor, P. (Eds.) (2009). Youth, cultural politics, and new social spaces in an era of globalization. Review Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Vol. 31, issue 4.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Poyntz, S.R., Coulter, N and Brisson, G (2016). Past tensions, future possibilities: ARCYP and children’s media studies. Journal of Children and Media. 10(1), 47-53.

Poyntz, S.R. (2015). Conceptual futures: Thinking and the role of key concept modes in media education. Media Education Research Journal, 6(2), 63-79.

Skinner, D, Hackett, B and Poyntz, S.R. (2015). Media activism and the academy, three cases: Media Democracy Day, Open Media, and NewsWatch Canada. Studies in Social Justice. 9(1). 86-101.

Poyntz, S.R. and Kennelly, J. (2015). Introduction | Phenomenology of youth cultures and globalization: Lifeworlds and surplus meaning in changing times. In Poyntz, S.R. and Kennelly, J. (Eds.) Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times. New York: Routledge.

Woo, B., Rennie, J. and Poyntz, S.R. (2015) Scene Thinking: Introduction. Cultural Studies, 29(3), 285-297.

Poyntz, S.R. (2013). Eyes wide open: Stranger hospitality and the regulation of youth citizenship. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(7), 864-880.

Poyntz, S.R. (2013). "Public Space and Media Education in the City." In P. Fraser and J. Wardle (Eds.) Current perspectives in media education: Beyond a manifesto for media education (pp. 91-109). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Poyntz, S. R. (2012). What haunts the narcissus-narcosis: Media education and the social life of technologies. In P. Trifonas (Ed.), Learning the virtual life: Public pedagogy in a digital world (pp. 79-97). New York, NY: Routledge.

Poyntz, S. R. (2012). Hannah Arendt: Public action, sociality and permanence in the world. In J. Hannan (Ed.), Philosophical profiles in the theory of communication (pp. 9-33). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Poyntz, S. R., & Hoechsmann, M. (2011). Children's media culture in a digital age. Sociology Compass, 5(7), 488-498.

Poyntz, S. R., & Hoechsmann, M. (2011). Not just philosophizing: Producing effective youth media and communication projects. In J. Fisherkeller (Ed.), International perspectives on youth media: Cultures of production and education (pp. 301-316). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Macintosh, L., Poyntz, S. R., & Bryson, M. (2011). Internet. In N. Lesko & S. Talburt (Eds.), Youth studies: Tracing affects, movements, knowledges (pp. 213-218). New York, NY: Routledge.

Peck, C., Poyntz, S. R., & Seixas, P. (2011). 'Agency' in students' narratives of Canadian history. In D. Shemilt & L. Perikleous (Eds.), What does it mean to think historically? Nicosia, Cyprus: Association for Historical Dialogue and Research.

Seixas, P., Peck, C., & Poyntz, S. R. (2011). 'But we didn't live in those times': Canadian students negotiate past and present in a time of war. Education as Change, 15(1), 47-62.

Poyntz, S. R. (2010). The participation paradox, or agency and sociality in contemporary youth cultures. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 2(2), 110-119.

Poyntz, S.R. (2010). Special forum on participatory ontologies and youth cultures in Jeunesse: Young People, Text, Cultures 2(2). (With Zoe Druick, Darin Barney, and Clare Bradford).

Kennelly, J., Poyntz, S. and Ugor, P. (2009). Introduction: Youth, cultural politics, and new social spaces in an era of globalization. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 31(4), 255-269.

Poyntz, S. (2009). 'On behalf of a shared world': Arendtian politics in a culture of youth media production. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. 31(4), 365-386.

Poyntz, S. (2009). Media education, spectrality and acoustic space: An encounter with Derrida and Mcluhan. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. 25(1), 133-148.

Hoechsmann, M. and Poyntz, S. (2008). Learning and teaching media literacy in Canada: Embracing and transcending eclecticism. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, 12(1), 5-16.

Poyntz, S. (2008). Images of the past: Using film in the history classroom. In R. Case & P. Clark. (Eds.), The anthology of social studies: Issues and strategies for secondary teachers (Vol. 2) (pp 336-347). Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press.

Poyntz, S. (2007). 'The way of the future': Probing the aviator for historical understanding. In A. Marcus (Ed.), Celluloid blackboard: Teaching history with film (pp. 41-62). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Poyntz, S. (2006). Independent media, youth agency, and the promise of media education. Canadian Journal of Education 29(1), pp. 154-175. Special issue on popular media, youth and resistance.


History of Community Media in Canada Web Portal Project. (2014). Development of a new teaching and learning platform on the history of community media in Canada for use in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduate courses. [with Dr. Katherine Reilly]

Gandesha, S., & Poyntz, S. R. (2011). Cosmopolis/cosmopolitics: Humanities and citizenship after neo-liberalism? Contours: Journal of the Institute for the Humanities (1).

Poyntz, S.R. (2010). Book Review - The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media. Commissioned by Teachers' College Record, Columbia University Press.

Poyntz, S. (2006). A review of Alex Molnar's School Commercialism. In G. Glass(Ed.), Education Review: A journal of book reviews

Poyntz, S. (2005). A review of Jennifer Simpson's I have been waiting: Race and U.S. higher education. In A. Kuman and M. Ryan. (Eds.), Politics and culture: An international review of books, 2005-1.

Poyntz, S. (2005). A review of Paul Rutherford's Weapons of mass persuasion: Marketing the war against Iraq. Labour/Le travail. 55.

Poyntz, S. & Cromer, M. (2005). Footprints Study Guide Series. Historica. Edmonton, AB: Historica Foundation. 

Poyntz, S. (2004). A review of David Buckingham's Media Education: Literacy, learning and contemporary culture. In A. Kumar & M. Ryan (Eds.), Politics and culture: An international review of books, 2004-2.

Poyntz, S. (2003). Seeing is believing: Digital media and democracy. Http:// Montreal: Necessary Illusions.

Poyntz, S. (2002). Film study masters. In Imprints 11 and 12: Literature and language. (pp. 507-530). Toronto, ON: Gage Learning.

Poyntz, S. (2002). A history of film study guide series. Vancouver: Open Learning Agency and Pacific Cinematheque.

Poyntz, S.(2001). Advanced video production curriculum. Vancouver: Industry, Training and Apprenticeship Commission. Victoria, BC: Government of British Columbia.

Poyntz, S. (1999). A history of film. Vancouver, BC: Open Learning Agency.

Poyntz, S. (1997). Life inside the irony machine: Popular culture and media literacy in the 90s. Classmate, 27, 11-13.

Poyntz, S. (1997). Homey, I shot the kids: Hollywood and the war on drugs. Emergency Librarian. 25(2), pp. 8-13.