Books written or edited by members of the Department of Sociology

Health, Culture and Society 

Ettorre, E., Annandale, E., Hildebrand, V.M., Porroche-Escudero, A., Rothman, B.K. (2017) Health, Culture and Society. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-60785-6

This book traces the history of formative, enduring concepts, foundational in the development of the health disciplines. It explores existing literature, and subsequent contested applications. Feminist legacies are discussed with a clear message that early sociological and anthropological theories and debates remain valuable to scholars today. Chapters cover historical events and cultural practices from the standpoint of ‘difference’; formulate theories about the emergence of social issues and problems and discuss health and illness in light of cultural values and practices, social conditions, embodiment and emotions.

Other monographs by this author:

Kuhlmann, E., & Annandale, E. (Eds.). (2010). The Palgrave handbook of gender and healthcare. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-01514-3.

Annandale, E. (1998). The sociology of health and medicine: a critical introduction. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN 978-0-7456-3461-6. 

Metric Power

Beer, D. (2016). Metric power. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-55648-6 

David Beer - Metric Power

This book examines the powerful and intensifying role that metrics play in ordering and shaping our everyday lives. Focusing upon the interconnections between measurement, circulation and possibility, the author explores the interwoven relations between power and metrics. He draws upon a wide-range of interdisciplinary resources to place these metrics within their broader historical, political and social contexts. More specifically, he illuminates the various ways that metrics implicate our lives, from our work to our consumption and our leisure, through to our bodily routines and the financial and organisational structures that surround us. Unravelling the power dynamics that underpin and reside within the so-called big data revolution, he develops the central concept of Metric Power along with a set of conceptual resources for thinking critically about the powerful role played by metrics in the social world today.

Other monographs by this author:

Beer, D. (2014). Punk sociology. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-349-47550-6 

Beer, D. (2013). Popular culture and new media: The politics of circulation. Springer. ISBN 978-1-349-44421-2 

Gane, N., & Beer, D. (2008). New media: The key concepts. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781845201333 


New Medical Technologies and Society

Brown, N., & Webster, A. (2004). New medical technologies and society: reordering life. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN 0-7456-2724-2

New medical technologies are increasingly at the centre of novel transformations in the human and social body. Whilst reproduction, health, ageing and dying have long been areas for technical intervention, the emergence of molecular biology and information technology raise far–reaching political, social and subjective questions.

New Medical Technologies and Society provides a critical introduction to the role and cultural significance of technological innovation in redefining the boundaries of medicine and the body, tracing this process through the figure of "the life course". Drawing on approaches from sociology and Science and Technology Studies, the authors explore key issues, theories and debates at the junctures of bodies and medicine. In a style that is both innovative and challenging, Nik Brown and Andrew Webster open up an important examination of new medical technologies not only for those directly engaged but for a wider audience interested in the ways in which contemporary technologies can be interrogated through core sociological inquiry. They argue that, whilst many technologies emerge from and extend long-standing frameworks of medical treatment, genuinely novel and radical challenges to our interpretations of an embodiment are emerging. 

The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

Colin Campbell The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

Colin, C. (1987). The romantic ethic and the spirit of modern consumerismBasic Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 978-0631155393

Walter Mitty, Billy Liar, taste, fashion, bohemianism, dandyism, hedonism and advertising, this book casts its net wide to develop a new theory of consumerism and a new interpretation of the cultural history of modern society. Colin Campbell shows how fashion and the addiction to novelty, the crucial features of modern patterns of consumption, have their cultural origins in sentimentalism and the spirit of Romanticism, systems of belief which with their ethos of hedonism and pleasure-seeking reversed the Protestant ethic. Social theory, economic history, psychology, the history of religious thought and literary criticism are blended together in a work that offers a challenge to the conventional understanding of the origins of modernity and provides an account of the "flipside" of Weber's 'The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism'.

Other monographs by this author:

Campbell, C. D. (1971). Toward a Sociology of Irreligion.(1. Publ.). London: Macmillan.

Campbell, C. (2015). Easternization of the West: A Thematic Account of Cultural Change in the Modern Era. Routledge.

Falk, P., & Campbell, C. (Eds.). (1997). The shopping experience (Vol. 52). London: Sage.

Campbell, C. (1998). The myth of social action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Routledge International Handbook of Sociology of Culture and Art

Dr Laurie Hanquinet - The Routledge International Handbook of Sociology of Culture and Art

Hanquinet, L., & Savage, M. (Eds.). (2015). Routledge international handbook of the sociology of art and culture. Routledge  ISBN 978-041585511

The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture offers a comprehensive overview of the sociology of art and culture, focusing especially, though not exclusively, on the visual arts, literature, music, and digital culture. Extending, and critiquing, Bourdieu’s influential analysis of cultural capital, the distinguished international contributors explore the extent to which cultural omnivorousness has eclipsed highbrow culture, the role of age, gender and class on cultural practices, the character of aesthetic preferences, the contemporary significance of screen culture, and the restructuring of popular culture.

The Handbook critiques modes of sociological determinism in which cultural engagement is seen as the simple product of the educated middle classes. The contributions explore the critique of Eurocentrism and the global and cosmopolitan dimensions of cultural life. The book focuses particularly on bringing cutting edge ‘relational’ research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, to bear on these debates. This handbook not only describes the field but also proposes an agenda for its development which will command major international interest.

Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights

Paul Johnson Going to Strasbourg

Johnson, P. (2016). Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198777618‌

Since its inception, the European Convention on Human Rights has been a beacon of hope to gay men and lesbians in Europe. Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights provides a comprehensive account of how individuals in the United Kingdom have utilized the Convention, by way of making applications to its organs in Strasbourg in order to challenge sexual orientation discrimination.

Combining an exhaustive analysis of Strasbourg case law with nineteen unique oral histories of applicants, legal professionals, and campaigners, this book is the definitive history of the role that 'going to Strasbourg' has played in eradicating discrimination and establishing legal equality on the grounds of sexual orientation in the UK.

Other monographs by this author:

Johnson, P., & Vanderbeck, R. (2014). Law, religion and homosexuality. Routledge. ISBN 9781138998858 

Williams, R., & Johnson, P. (2013). Genetic policing: The uses of DNA in police investigations. Willan. 

The Gene, the Clinic, and the Family. Diagnosing Dysmorphology, Reviewing Medical Dominance

Latimer, J. (2013). The gene, the clinic, and the family: diagnosing dysmorphology, reviving medical dominance. Routledge.

While some theorists argue that medicine is caught in a relentless process of ‘geneticization’ and others offer a thesis of biomedicalization, there is still little research that explores how these e‌ffects are accomplished in practice. Joanna Latimer, whose groundbreaking ethnography on acute medicine gave us the social science classic The Conduct of Care, moves her focus from the bedside to the clinic in this in-depth study of genetic medicine.

Against current thinking that proselytises the rise of laboratory science, Professor Latimer shows how the genetic clinic is at the heart of the revolution in the new genetics. Tracing how work on the abnormal in an embryonic genetic science, dysmorphology, is changing our thinking about the normal, The Gene, the Clinic, and the Family charts new understandings about family, procreation and choice. Far from medicine experiencing the much-proclaimed ‘death of the clinic’, this book shows how medicine is both reasserting its status as a science and revitalising its dominance over society, not only for now but for societies in the future.

Other monographs by this author:

Latimer, J. E., & Schillmeier, M. (2009). Un/knowing bodies. Wiley-Blackwell.

Latimer, J. (2013). The gene, the clinic, and the family: diagnosing dysmorphology, reviving medical dominance. Routledge.

Social Mobility for the Twenty First Century: Everyone a Winner? 

Lawler, S., & Payne, G. (Eds.). (2017). Social Mobility for the 21st Century: Everyone a Winner?. London Routledge. ISBN 9781138244894

Social Mobility for the 21st Century addresses experiences of social mobility, and the detailed processes through which entrenched, inter-generationally transmitted privilege is reproduced. Contributions include (but are not limited to) family relationships, students’ encounters with higher education, narratives of work careers, and ‘mobility identities’. The book intends to challenge both the framework of the more traditional approach and the politicisation of mobility which casts ‘mobility’ as a possession, a commodity or a character trait and threatens to castigate the ‘non-mobile’ as carrying a personal responsibility for their situation.

This book presents critical analyses of routes into social mobility, the experience of social mobility, and the political and social implications of social mobility’s ‘panacea’ status. Drawing on the work of established scholars and more recent entrants, the chapters offer a fresh look at social mobility, opening up the topic to a wider readership among the profession and beyond, and stimulating further debate. This book will appeal to higher level students and scholars of sociology alike, as well as having a broad cross-disciplinary appeal.

Other monographs by this author:

Lawler, S. (2015). Identity: sociological perspectives. John Wiley & Sons.

Lawler, S. (2000). Mothering the Self: Mothers, daughters, subjects. Psychology Press.

East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire

Lin, X., Haywood, C., & Mac an Ghaill, M. (Eds.). (2016). East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire. Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-55634-9

This book provides a fresh and contemporary take on the study of men and masculinity. It highlights new and exciting approaches to sexuality, desire, men and masculinity in East Asian contexts, focusing on the interconnections between them. In doing so, it re-examines the key concepts that underpin studies of masculinity, such as homophobia, homosociality and heteronormativity. Developing new ways of thinking about masculinity in local contexts, it fills a significant lacuna in contemporary scholarship. This thought-provoking work will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies, cultural studies and the wider social sciences.

Other monographs by this author:

Lin, X. (2013). Gender, modernity and male migrant workers in China: Becoming a modern man. Routledge. ISBN 9781138562424 

Young Citizens in the Digital Age: Political Engagement, Young People and New Media

Young Citizens in the Digital Age: Political Engagement, Young People and New Media

Loader, B. D. (Ed.). (2007). Young citizens in the digital age: Political engagement, young people and new media. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415409131


Low voter turnout among 18-25 year olds is not proof that young people are not interested in politics but is evidence that they are becoming politically socialized within a new media environment. This shift poses a significant challenge to politicians who increasingly have to respond to a technologically mediated lifestyle politics that celebrates lifestyle diversity, personal disclosure and celebrity. This book explores alternative approaches for engaging and understanding young people’s political activity.

Other monographs by this author:

Loader, B. D., Vromen, A., & Xenos, M. A. (2014). The networked young citizen: Social media, political participation and civic engagement.

Loader, B. D. (2008). Social movements and new media. Sociology Compass, 2(6), 1920-1933.

Loader, B. D., Hardey, M., & Keeble, L. (Eds.). (2008). Digital welfare for the third age. Taylor & Francis.

Loader, B. D. (Ed.). (2007). Young citizens in the digital age: Political engagement, young people and new media. Routledge.

Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema: Spectres of the City

Millington, G. (2016). Urbanization and the Migrant in British Cinema: Spectres of the City. Springer.

This book examines a cycle of films about migration made in the late 1990s and 2000s. It argues that these films present a novel (and radical) aesthetic of planetary urbanization based upon the mobility of the migrant and the dissolution of the city. A stimulating cinematic analysis of our expanding urban fabric, it offers an alternative to the ‘cultural cityism’ of many other films about migration. The author demonstrates that this particular film cycle offers a rare, sustained consideration of the travails and struggles for urban life by migrants beyond and without the city. Yet the city haunts these films like a spectre: the city that has been lost, the ‘present’ city that excludes and the possible ‘cities of refuge’ of the future. Offering new insights into the cinematic portrayal of the figure of the migrant and how this is constructed in relation to urbanization processes, this book will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, film and media studies, human geography, and urban studies.

Other monographs by this author:

Millington, G. (2011). 'Race', Culture and the Right to the City: Centres, Peripheries, Margins. Springer.

Seduction. Men, Masculinity, and Mediated Intimacy

O’Neill, R. (2018). Seduction. Men, Mascultinity, and Mediated Intimacy. ISBN 9781509521555

Within the so-called 'seduction community', the ability to meet and attract women is understood as a skill heterosexual men can cultivate through practical training and personal development. As a cultural formation it has been the object of media speculation, and frequent sensationalism, for over a decade, but remains poorly understood.

In the first book-length study of this fascinating community-industry, Rachel O'Neill takes us into the world of seduction seminars, training events, instructional guidebooks and video tutorials. Going beyond established understandings of 'pickup artists' as pathetic, pathological, or perverse, she examines what makes the industry so compelling for those drawn into its folds. Based on detailed ethnographic fieldwork, Seduction vividly portrays how the twin rationalities of neoliberalism and post-feminism are reorganising contemporary intimate life, as labour-intensive and profit-orientated modes of sociality consume other forms of being and relating. It is essential reading for students and scholars of gender, sexuality, media and cultural studies, as well as anyone who wants to understand the seduction industry's underpinning logics and internal workings.

The Infanticide Controversy: primatology and the art of field science Chicago

Rees, A. (2009). The infanticide controversy: primatology and the art of field science. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226707112

As a detailed study of the scientific method and its application to field research, "The Infanticide Controversy" sheds new light on our understanding of scientific practice, focusing in particular on the challenges of working in 'natural' environments, the relationship between objectivity and interpretation in an observational science, and the impact of the public profile of primatology on the development of primatological research. 

Introducing Gender Studies

Robinson, V. (2015). Introducing Gender Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137527493

Victoria Robinson Introducing Gender and Women's Studies

The fourth edition of this classic, comprehensive and best-selling text on gender and women's studies marks over twenty years of engaging with the key issues and developments in gender and feminist theory. With fully revised chapters written by specialists across a range of core topics, including sexuality, work, the media, race, education, family, bodies, masculinity, methodologies, social movements and politics, this accessible but academically rigorous collection breaks down contemporary debates with helpful examples and questions, whilst also underlining the complexities and contradictions of this area of study. 

In particular, this new edition:

• continues to reflect the shift from 'women's studies' to 'gender studies', incorporating masculinity studies throughout;
• features new chapters on violence and the environment, reflecting continuing and more recent feminist concerns;
• includes expanded discussion of intersectionality, international and transnational issues.

Coinciding with an upsurge in new forms of feminist politics, this timely publication confirms the continuing relevance of gender and women's studies. It remains an indispensable resource for students, academics and anyone interested in this lively field.

Other monographs by this author:

Robinson, V. (2013). Rock Climbing. (International Series on Extreme Sports, D. Booth, University of Otago, New Zealand and H. Thorpe, University of Waikato, New Zealand, series editors) Connecticut: Greenwood Press, pp.165.

Robinson, V. and Hockey, J. (2011). Masculinities in Transition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 221

Robinson, V. (2008). Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport: Male Identity and Rock Climbing. Oxford: Berg, pp. 183

Hockey, J., Meah, A. and Robinson, V. (2007). Mundane Heterosexualities: From Theory to Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.206

Conversation Analysis: Principles, Practices and Applications

Wooffitt, R. (1998). Conversation analysis: principles, practices and applications. Oxford: Polity Press. ISBN 978-0-7456-3865-2

Robin Wooffitt Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis A Comparative and Critical Introduction

Talk is a central activity in social life. But how is ordinary talk organized? How do people coordinate their talk in interaction? And what is the role of talk in wider social processes? Conversation Analysis has developed over the past forty years as a key method for studying social interaction and language use. Its unique perspective and systematic methods make it attractive to an interdisciplinary audience.

In this second edition of their highly acclaimed introduction, Ian Hutchby and Robin Wooffitt offer a wide-ranging and accessible overview of key issues in the field. The second edition has been substantially revised to incorporate recent developments, including an entirely new final chapter exploring the contribution of Conversation Analysis to key issues in social science. The book provides a grounding in the theory and methods of Conversation Analysis and demonstrates its procedures by analysing a variety of concrete examples.

Other monographs by this author:

Wooffitt, R. & Holt, N. (2011).  Looking In and Speaking Out: Introspection, Communication, Consciousness. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic 9781845402273 Imprint Academic

Hutchby, I. & Wooffitt, R. (2008). Conversation Analysis: Principles, Practices and Applications. Second edition Oxford: Polity Press Hb: 978-0-7456-3865-2

Wooffitt, R. (2006).The Language of Mediums and Psychics: the Social Organisation of Everyday Miracles. Aldershot Ashgate. ISBN 0-7546-4202-X 

Wooffitt, R. (2005). Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis: A Comparative and Critical Introduction. SAGE Publications Ltd., ISBN: 9780761974253