Caroline Knowles BSc PhD

Position held:
Professor of Sociology

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Caroline writes about migration and circulations of material objects – some of the social forces constituting globalization. She is particularly interested in cities, having done research in London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Fuzhou, Addis Ababa, Kuwait City and Seoul.  Author of many books and papers, she specializes in visual, spatial and biographical methods, often working with photographers and artists, most recently with Michael Tan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), and Douglas Harper (Duquesne University, Pittsburg). She is co-author, with Douglas Harper of Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes and Journeys, published (2009) by the University of Chicago Press. Her most recent book, Flip-Flop: A Journey Through Globalisation’s Backroads, is published by Pluto Press in 2014 in connection with a website that displays the flip-flop trail through the photography of artist Michael Tan. She recently held a Leverhulme fellowship, ‘From Oil to Garbage: Navigating the Flip-flop Trail’. She works with Ho Wing Chung, at the City University Hong Kong, on ESRC project, ‘What calculations and Strategies Drive Young Migrants? An Investigation of the Traffic between London, Hong Kong and Beijing’, and with Roger Burrows, Rowland Atkinson, Tim Butler and Mike Savage on ‘The Very Affluent Worker: A Study of Everyday Life in the Alpha Territory’.

Selected publications

Number of items: 18.


Knowles, Caroline and Burrows, Roger. 2014. The impact of impact. Etnográfica , 18(2), pp. 237-254. ISSN 0873-6561 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 2014. Dancing with Bulldozers: Migrant life on Beijing's periphery. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18(1), pp. 41-57. ISSN 1360-4813 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 2013. Nigerian London: re-mapping space and ethnicity in superdiverse cities. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(4), pp. 651-669. ISSN 0141-9870 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 2011. Cities on the move: Navigating urban life. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 15(2), pp. 135-153. ISSN 1360-4813 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 2006. Handling your Baggage in the Field: Reflections on research relationships. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 9(5), pp. 393-404. ISSN 14645300 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 2006. Seeing Race through the Lens. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(3), pp. 512-529. ISSN 01419870 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 2000. Burger King, Dunkin Donuts and community mental health care. Health & Place, 6(3), pp. 213-224. ISSN 13538292 [Article]

Knowles, Caroline. 1996. The symbolic empire and the history of racial inequality. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 19(4), pp. 896-911. ISSN 01419870 [Article]


Knowles, Caroline and Harper, Douglas. 2010. Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes and Journeys. Chicago: Chicago University Press. ISBN 9780226448565 [Book]

Knowles, Caroline and Alexander, Claire, eds. 2005. Making Race Matter: bodies, space and identity. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1403904146 [Book]

Knowles, Caroline and Swetman, Paul. 2004. Picturing the Social Landscape. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415306409 [Book]

Knowles, Caroline. 2003. Race and Social Analysis. Sage. ISBN 0761961267 [Book]

Knowles, Caroline. 2000. Bedlam on the Streets. london: Routledge. ISBN 9780415232999 [Book]

Knowles, Caroline. 1996. Family Boundaries. Toronto: Broadview Press. ISBN 155111108x [Book]

Knowles, Caroline. 1992. Race, Discourse and Labourism. Lo ndon: Routledge. ISBN 041505012x [Book]

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