Bev Skeggs BA PhD PGCE AcSS

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Research interests: class, media and cultural formations, feminist and poststructuralist theory, Pierre Bourdieu and Marx, spatial formations.

I worked at the Worcester College of Higher Education and the Universities of Keele, York, Lancaster and Manchester before joining the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. I’ve worked in the areas of Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies as well as Sociology.

My research interests consolidate around the issue of value and values. How do we know what value and values are? What do they do? I only realized this was my central concern recently when I was asked to summarise my work and noticed that all my research has been framed around these issues. Hence value/s has led me through issues of respectability in class and gender formation, an exploration of symbolic value through media and cultural formations; using feminist and poststructuralist theory, Pierre Bourdieu and to the economic abstractions of Marx, to help me understand. I’m still working on this  topic (it is my life’s work), currently attempting to understand how value moves on, through and with people as they live the imperatives of exchange in capitalism. But, more significantly, what remains beyond exchange? What matters to people? How do they formulate value/s beyond economic perceptions? I have been developing the idea of ‘person value’ through ‘value struggles’ to understand how different forms of de/valued personhood are lived.

In July 2011 I became the joint managing editor of the journal The Sociological Review, a major journal which has just celebrated 100 years of shaping the field. I’m incredibly proud to make a small intervention into its illustrious history.

Academic qualifications

I am delighted to have been awarded the following honours:

Elected, Academician of the Academy of the Learned Socities for the Social Sciences (from 2003-)

Honorary Professor, Sociology, University of Warwick (from 2010-2014)

Honorary Doctorate, Aalborg University, Denmark (from July 2011-)

Honorary Doctorate, Stockholm University, Sweden (from September 2011-)

Honorary Doctorate, University of Teesside (from October 2012-). My home town.

Areas of supervision

Postgraduate Supervision

I’ve supervised a range of students of whom I’m really proud. PhD students are the future of sociology.

ESRC Funded Students:

Anne Cronin ‘Cultural Consumption: Comparative Studies of France and the UK (1994-1998). Now a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. The PhD became the great book Advertising and Consumer Citizenship: Gender, Images and Rights, London & New York: Routledge. (with Celia Lury)

Breda Gray ‘ Irish Women and the Diaspora’ (1994-1998). Now a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the university of Limerick. The PhD became Women and the Irish Diaspora, London and New York: Routledge. (with Jackie Stacey)

Diane Railton ‘Young Women and Musical Appreciation’ (1995-1999). Now Senior Lecturer in Sociology of the Media at the University of Teeside. The PhD became  Music Video and the Politics of Representation. Edinburgh University Press.

Jocey Quinn ‘ Widening Participation: Women Returner’s Experiences of Higher Education’ (1996-1999). Now Professor of Education, School of Partnership, Enterprise & Professional Studies, University of Plymouth. Her most recent book is Learning Communities and Imagined Social Capital, London: Continuum (with Rosemary Deem)

Lewis Turner (1999- transfer) ‘Gender Renaissance: Re-configurations of femininity (2004). Now an independent researcher and stakeholder consultant for Lancashire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service on trans issue, published with Stephen Whittle ''Sex Changes'? Paradigm Shifts in 'Sex' and 'Gender' Following the Gender Recognition Act? In Sociological Research Online, Volume 12, Issue 1.

Anneke Meyer ‘Discourses of Pedophilia’ (2001- 2004). Now Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her PhD was published as Meyer, A. (2007) The Child at Risk: Paedophiles, Media Responses and Public Opinion. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Jenny Burchill ‘Changing Landscapes: Manchester Streetscapes’ (2001- 2005);

Danielle Griffiths ‘Intimacy on Television’ (2001- 2006). Now research associate in the School of Law, University of Manchester. Has published her PhD in journal articles. (with Lisa Adkins)

Debbie Fallon (2004-10 pt) ‘ A Feminist Analysis of Young Women Accessing Post-Coital Contraception’. Still working at Salford University.

Emma Jackson (2005-2010) Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Dis/placements, Mobilities and Fixity . Was a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant working on an ESRC-ANR funded project exploring the relationship between the middle classes and the city in Paris and London and now holds a postdoctoral position in Urban Studies at Glasgow (supervised with Les Back)

Mike Leary (2004-2010 part-time) Representations of Space and the Space of Representation: A Lefebrvian analysis of Castlefield, Manchester. (with Michael Keith).  published as The Production of Urban Public Space: international comparisons, Policy Press, Bristol Urban Regeneration from a Global Perspective. Mike teaches urban planning at Southbank University.

Christy Kulz ‘Structure Liberates: making subjects for the future in a London Secondary School’ (2008-2012)(with Kirsty Campbell)


Completed not ESRC:

Ming Phang Sun Educational Experience in Transforming Taiwan’ (1989-1993); Fang Long Sook ‘Ghosts: Inheritance in Taiwan’ (1996-1999); Sahar Khamis ‘Women’s Use of Media in Egypt (1997-2000); Myung Sook Sun ‘South Korean Women’s Responses to Western Feminism’ (1998-2002); Tara Few ‘Young Women’s Responses to Popular Music’ (1998-2003); Feichi Chang ‘Women Journalists in Taiwan’ (2002- 2008);Benny Lu ‘NeoLiberalism and Sexuality in Mainland China’ (Jan 2008-2012)

Currently supervising:

Patrick Butterfield 'The Human Economy: NGOs and New Forms of Capital and Self' (2012-)

Jamie Woodcock 'When the Worker is Labour and Commodity: New Forms of Work' (2012-)

Denise Claux 'Eating the Peruvian Nation; Foodways and National Culture' (Visual Sociology) (2012-)

ESRC Anna Bull 'Making Music: Authority and Practice' (2012-)

Sian Weston ‘Branding Burberry: Good and Bad Consumers’ (2007-)(part-time)

ESRC Vickie Dabrowski 'Young Women, Feminism and Austerity (2012-)

Jules Harpin 'Civil Partnerships: Why?' (2012-)

Valentina Alvarez 'Memory and Domestic Labour in Chile' (2013-)

Rosa Crepax 'Fashion and Androgyny (2013-)

Lulu LeVay ' Media and Reproduction' (2013-)

Danny Zschomler 'Prosperity Theology' (2013 - as part of the ESRC Values and Value Project)

Professional activities

External PhD examiner:

Mary Maddigan, Centre for Women's Studies, University of York (1994)

Maria Jarvela, Department of English, University of Oulu, Finland (1996)

Kay Standing, Department of Education, South Bank University

Mary Kehily, Institute of Education , London University (1999)

Jamilah Ahmed, Goldsmiths, London University (1999).

Nicole Vitellone, Sociology, University of Melbourne (2000).

Anita Pilgrim, Sociology, Goldsmiths, London University (2001)

Sylvie Reif, Sociology, Goldsmiths, London University (2003)

Karen Corteen, Criminology, Edge Hill College, Lancaster University (2003)

Emma Casey, Cultural Studies, London Metropolitan University (2004)

Claire Beckett, Social Policy, Sheffield Hallam University (2004)

Mark Casey, Sociology, University of Newcastle (2004)

Rachel Thompson, Education and Social Policy, University of South London (2004)

Lisa Taylor, Cultural Studies, Wolverhampton University (2004)

Jacquie O’Riordan, Sociology, Maynooth (2005)

Giovanni Piofordio, Sociology, London School of Economics (2005)

Sue Parker, Sociology, Durham University (2006)

Fateneh Farahani, Ethnology, Stockholm University (2007)

Imogen Tyler, Sociology, Lancaster University (2007)

Irena Costache, Center for Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2008)

Elena Panican, Center for Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2009)

Liza McKenzie, Sociology, university of Nottingham, (2009)

Sue Baker, Cultural Studies, University of East London (2010)

Tracey Jensen, Sociology, open University (2010)


Internal PhD Examination:

Mary Maddigan (1993); Steph Lawler (1998); David Longold (1998); Drew Hemment (1999); Andrew Hill (2000); Laura Turney (2001); Emma Nugent (2005); Alison Rooke (2005); Becky Coleman (2005); Jill Ebrey (2006); Andrew Sullivan (2006); Claire Garbett (2009); Kim Keith (2012); Vik Loveday (2012)

Television and video output

Formations Revisited: Returning to Ideology and Value: Are you a hit?
Stockholm University, 30 September 2011


February 2012 - listen HERE to a podcast of Beverley Skeggs being interviewed about her research on BBC Radio 4

Research interests

Research Projects:

PhD 1980-1986: An Ethnographic Study of Young Women and Their Experience of Caring Further Education Using Further Education as an institutional foci and tracing movement through broader cultural spaces it explored how young, white, working class women became implicated in the construction of their own subjectivities in relation to wider structures of class and gender. Drawing from the theories of Bourdieu, Gramsci, Genovese and Foucault, the study demonstrated how, in this process, they implicate themselves in subordination and self-surveillance and also provide free caring labour in areas where state provision was cut. (SSRC funded)

1983-1984: The Educational and Vocational Choice of School Leavers . This research produced a data bank by monitoring and recording the qualifications and labour market choices of all sixteen -year old school pupils in Cheshire. Use was made of SPSS computation through IBM mainframes. (ESRC funded £84,000)

April 1988 July 1988: Multi-Ethnic Needs in Hereford and Worcester Part One . This involved interviewing all managers and department heads in Hereford and Worcester Further Education Colleges to estimate the form and type of racism in existence in college in order to develop staff training programmes to fit local requirements. (LEA/GRIST funded: £26,000)

Sept. 1988-Nov. 1988: Follow-up study to doctoral research . This traced the eighty -three young women studied for the PhD, to develop theories of sexuality and explore the influences of popular culture upon familial and employment decisions. (GRIST £7,500)

Nov. 1988-April 1989: Multi-Ethnic Educational Needs in Hereford and Worcester Part Two . This identified the needs of black students in Hereford and Worcester Further Education Colleges. Firstly, to inform the design and provision of staff development courses. Secondly, to establish a county network for the incorporation of this research in the review and design of curriculum materials. (LEA/GRIST £26,000)

July - Dec. 1991: Sexual Awareness Amongst Young People in the North East . Using innovative research methods, such as popular cultural questionnaires, and intensive interviewing with a sampled group of 16-24 year old young people, it generated issue understanding that was used to develop training materials for Further Education staff development on HIV/AIDS awareness. (Health Authority funded: £6,500)

April, May, September 1992 : Women, 'Race' & Resistance in Music. In New York, London, LA, Manchester. Interviewed performers and powerful women in the music industry to identify the sites, places and motivations for the production of popular feminism.

May - August 1997: Sexual Citizenship: Space, Consumption, Law. Seedcorn funding IWS Lancaster University (with Les Moran and Carole Truman). This research generated pilot data for the following ESRC research proposal. It used three different focus groups (Lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women to generate an issue based understanding of homophobic violence and the production of safer-space (Institute for Women's Studies £2,000)

May 1998- 2001: ESRC (L133251031) Violence, Sexuality, Space: A Study of the Practical and Policy Context of Sustainable Safe Public Places: (Principal Investigator, with Les Moran). The study explores how safer places are generated and maintained for three different groups (gay men, lesbians and heterosexual women) in two different geographical locations (Manchester and Lancaster). It uses multi methods and has generated innovative methods of feedback of research results to interested stakeholder groups, policy makers and community organizations. (ESRC £143,000)

June 1999- Jan 2000: Representations of Smokers (Seedcorn funding, Faculty of Social Science, Lancaster University (with Professor Hilary Graham). A literature search and review of the state of research on smoking. This included all health promotion literature alongside TV and media representations. (FSS, £1,000)

February 2003- Regenerating Communities through Radio: A case study of Radio Regen

(funded by Manchester City Council + European Social Fund). The study involved 3 stages. The first is an organizational evaluation, examining work culture and how this impacts upon training policy and stations output. The second examined training and volunteers and the third was a community evaluation to understand how both the former two stages of analysis can be used to understand the impact of the Radio stations on their local community.

January 2007 – July 2007 CRESC Contingencies of Value (ESRC Centre for Social and Cultural Change small grant 10k) to study what matters to people who are beyond the normative understandings of exchange value personhood. Three groups were interviewed: ex-offenders, a group of older women +80 and a group of young mothers to examine what matters when investments either previously made, not made or impossible to make do not generate attachments to future participation in society.

April 2005 – Sept 2007: (ESRC 148-25-0040) Making Class through Televised Ethical Scenarios (£134,000)

This is a project about how identities based on class (with gender and race) are shaped by the ethical scenarios offered by television. The research explores how televisual texts mediate subjectivity by showing how class is currently produced through different methods for self-making. Whilst many social commentators promote and predict the demise of class, our prior research suggests that class is not declining at all but is instead made differently, in ways that have not yet been fully identified. It is the purpose of this project to identify these new ways of making class. (with Dr Helen Wood, Manchester and Nancy Thumim, researcher Oct 2005-April 2007)

Sept 2013- Sept 2016 (ESRC Professorial Fellowship ES/KO10786/1) A Sociology of Values and Value

There has been a great deal of interest in how capital has intervened in almost every area of life, leading some to propose new forms of capital eg ‘emotional capitalism’, and others to suggest that processes of valuation are now the major method for understanding the social world. Whilst, no doubt, capital behaves according to its own logic, finding new lines of flight, converting affects into value, making multi-culturalism marketable, generating new forms of bio-capital, and making many of our actions subject to the logic of calculation, this project asks if anything is left behind. Is there anything that cannot be capitalized upon? Many social theories reproduce the logic of capital. But if we only understand the world from the perspective of this logic what do we miss seeing? My previous research projects have drawn attention to how values are formed beyond value, unnoticed and unseen, producing new ways of being and doing in the world, organized differently through spatial and temporal co-ordinates. This project consolidates and expands this analysis by exploring values (and their relationship to value) through two limit cases that attempt to convert all values to value: modern digital relations and traditional prosperity theology. 

Selected publications

Number of items: 28.


Skeggs, Bev. 2014. Values beyond value? Is anything beyond the logic of capital? British Journal of Sociology, 65(1), pp. 1-20. ISSN 0007-1315 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev and Loveday, Vik. 2012. Struggles for value: value practices, injustice, judgment, affect and the idea of class. British Journal of Sociology, 63(3), pp. 472-490. ISSN 0007-1315 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev and Wood, Helen. 2011. Turning it on is a class act: Immediated object relations with TV. Media, Culture and Society, 33(6), pp. 941-953. ISSN 0163-4437 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev. 2011. Imagining Personhood Differently: Person Value and Autonomist Working-Class Value Practices. The Sociological Review, 59(3), pp. 496-513. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev and Latimer, Joanna. 2011. The Politics of Imagination: Keeping Open, Curious and Critical. The Sociological Review, 59(3), pp. 393-411. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Moran, Leslie J., Skeggs, Bev and Herz, Ruth. 2010. Ruth Herz Judge Playing Judge Ruth Herz: Reflections on the Performance of Judicial Authority. Law Text Culture, 14(1), pp. 198-219. ISSN 1332-9060 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev. 2010. The Value of Relationships: Affective Scenes and Emotional Performances. Feminist Legal Studies, 18(1), pp. 29-51. ISSN 0966-3622 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev. 2009. The moral economy of person production: the class relations of self-performance on `reality' television. The Sociological Review, 57(4), pp. 626-644. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev. 2008. The dirty history of feminism and sociology: or the war of conceptual attrition. The Sociological Review, 56(4), pp. 670-690. ISSN 1467-954X [Article]

Skeggs, Bev and Wood, Helen. 2008. The Labour of Transformation and Circuits of Value ‘around’ Reality Television. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 22(4), pp. 559-572. ISSN 1030-4312 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev, Thumim, Nancy and Wood, Helen. 2008. 'Oh goodness, I am watching reality TV': How methods make class in audience research. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 11(1), pp. 5-24. ISSN 1367-5494 [Article]

Skeggs, Bev and Wood, Helen. 2008. Sadness on Reality Television: Affect, Judgment and Emotional Labour. Tidskrift for genusvetenskap, 3-4, pp. 7-25. [Article]

Skeggs, Bev. 2005. The Making of Class and Gender through Visualizing Moral Subject Formation. Sociology, 39(5), pp. 965-982. ISSN 00380385 [Article]


Skeggs, Bev and Wood, Helen. 2012. Reacting to Reality Television: Performance, Audience and Value. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-69370-7 [Book]

Skeggs, Bev. 2004. Class, Self, Culture. Routledge. ISBN 9780415300865 [Book]

Skeggs, Bev and Adkins, Lisa. 2004. Feminism After Bourdieu. Blackwell. ISBN 1405123958 [Book]

Skeggs, Bev and Moran, L.. 2004. Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety. Routledge. ISBN 0415300924 [Book]

Book Section

Blackman, Lisa. 2011. This is a Matter of Pride: The Choir: Unsung Town and Community Transformation. In: Bev Skeggs and Helen Wood, eds. Reality Television and Class. Basingstoke and New York: BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 237-249. ISBN 978-1844573974 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev. 2010. Class culture and morality: legacies and logics in the space for identification. In: M Wetherell and C.T. Mohanty, eds. The Sage Handbook of Identities. London: Sage, pp. 339-360. ISBN 978-1-4129-3411-4 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev. 2009. Haunted by the Spectre of Judgement: Respectability, Value and Affect in Class Relations. In: Kjartan Pll Sveinsson, ed. Who Cares about the White Working Class? London: Runnymede, pp. 36-45. ISBN 9781906732103 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev and Wood, Helen. 2009. The Transformation of Intimacy: Classed Identities in the Moral Economy of Reality Television. In: Margaret Wetherell, ed. Identity in the 21st Century, New Trends in Changing Times. Palgrave Macmillan , 231-249 . ISBN 230580874 [Book Section]

Wood, Helen, Skeggs, Bev and Thumim, Nancy. 2008. 'It's just sad': Affect, Judgement and Emotional Labour in 'Reality' Television Viewing. In: , ed. Femininity, Domesticity and Popular Culture. London: Routledge, pp. 135-150. ISBN 978-0-415-96314-5 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev and Wood, Helen. 2008. Spectacular Morality: 'Reality' Television, Individualisation and the Re-making of the Working Class. In: , ed. The Media and Social Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 177-193. ISBN 9780415447997 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev. 2008. Making Class through Fragmenting Culture. In: Angel Lin, ed. Problematising Identity: Everyday Struggles in Language, Culture and Education. Routledge, pp. 35-51. ISBN 9780805853391 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev. 2007. The Problem with Identity. In: Angel Lin, ed. Problematising Identity: Everyday Struggles in Language, Culture and Education. Routledge , 11-35 . ISBN 9780805853391 [Book Section]

Skeggs, Bev and Binnie, Jon. 2006. Cosmopolitan Knowledge and the Production and Consumption of Sexualised Space: Manchesters Gay Village. In: Jon Binnie, Julian Holloway and Steve Millington, eds. Cosmopolitan Urbanism. Routledge , 220-246 . ISBN 415344920 [Book Section]

Conference or Workshop Item

Skeggs, Bev. 2014. 'Struggles for Value: Reacting to Judgment'. In: Opening Lecture for Centre for Feminist Research. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Key Books

Issues in Sociology: The Media. (co-authored,  with  Mundy, J.)  London. Nelson. 1992. (0-17-4384467). pp. 126.

Feminist Cultural Theory: Production and Process.  (edited).  Manchester.  Manchester University Press. 1995. (0-7190-4471-5). pp. 235.

Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable  (single authored monograph) Theory, Culture and Society series. London. Sage. 1997. (0-7619-5511-9). pp. 192.

Translated into Swedish as: Att Bli Respektabel. (2000) Stockholm: Diadalos.

Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism  (edited, with S. Ahmed, C. Lury, M. McNeil, J. Kilby)  London. Routledge. 2000. (0-415-22066-1)

Series editor of Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism. London. Routledge. (2000- 2009)

The Politics of Imagination: Keeping Open, Curious and Critical, with Joanna Latimer, Special Issue of Sociological Review (2011) August 59,3.

Reality Television and Class ed. With Helen Wood. (includes 17 chapters). London. BFI/Palgrave. (2011) (978-1-84457-3-97-4)

Reacting to Reality Television: Audience, Performance and Value. (co-authored, with Helen Wood) London. Routledge.. For April 2012. (978-0-415-69371-4). pp. 240


Publications on Beverley Skeggs

Thinking with Beverley Skeggs (edited by Annika Olsson) Stockholm. Stockholm University Press.  (2008) (91-87792-41-9) pp. 105
Arvostus ja Vastarinta (an interview with Beverley Skeggs) Aivojen yhteistyon muisti vihkot. Helsinki. Translated Mikko Jakonen. (978-952-92-4508-6). pp. 40

Interview on Respectability and Resistance with Beverley Skeggs (2006)

Tornhill, Sophie and Tollin, Katharina ‘On the economy of Moralism and Working-class Properness: An interview with Beverley Skeggs about Feminism, Respectability and Use-Value’, in Fronesis: a Journal of Marxism and Feminism (2008) pp. 25-26.

My books have included:

Feminist Cultural Theory: Production and Process. (edited). Manchester. Manchester University Press. 1995. (0-7190-4471-5). Now out of print, this book brought together a group of feminists working in very different areas such as art history, demonstrations, advertising and film to show how they approached their subject/objects. It was a methodological challenge that produced some interesting findings about how we are produced by disciplines as much as we produce them.

Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable (single authored monograph) Theory, Culture and Society series. London. Sage. 1997. (0-7619-5511-9). This is the one written with passion and commitment after a long ethnographic study. I think it works because it combines the doings and sayings of young women with an understanding of their historical material circumstances to engage with theoretical understandings of gender and class. Its central focus is the performance of respectability as a source of value. An issue that is likely to remain important for some time.

Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism (edited, with S. Ahmed, C. Lury, M. McNeil, J. Kilby) London. Routledge. 2000. (0-415-22066-1). This book came from an amazing conference organized by Lancaster Women’s Studies in the 1990s (three of the editors Celia Lury, Sara Ahmed and me moved to Goldsmiths). The book and the conference included Donna Haraway, Gayatri Spivak, Laurent Berlant and Elspeth Probyn. It is still relevant to contemporary debates with some stunning chapters.

Series editor of Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism. London. Routledge. (2000- currently 10 books published). Check the Routledge website. I’m still really proud of this series which has produced some incredibly important feminist monographs.

Class, Self and Culture. (single authored monograph) London. Routledge. (2004)(0-415-30085-1). This book became a study of the middle-classes, which was not its original intention. It is a study of how the ‘subject of value’ is made, in opposition to the subject that signals the limits for all that is good and proper. It attempts to merge moral understandings of personhood –how we grow or shrink as persons - with economic theories of value, through a critique of the self. I’m still developing the framework established here.

Sexuality and the Politics of Violence. (co-authored, with Les Moran, Karen Corteen and Paul Tyrer) London. Routledge. (2004)(0-415-30091-6). We were funded by the ESRC to conduct a study on the sustainability of safe space constituted out of violent social relationships. Our focus was both Manchester’s gay village and Lancaster’s virtual gay space. Using a variety of methods (survey, focus groups, interviews and participant observation) we explored the relationships of violence and space with property and propriety.

Feminism After Bourdieu (edited, with Lisa Adkins) Oxford. Blackwell. (2004). Another conference book, produced after a very successful conference at Manchester. Following in the tradition of key feminist critics of Bourdieu we interrogated his understandings of reflexivity, capital, subjectivity, biography and habitus. We outline what we think he is useful for and where we think he has problems with his explanatory capacity.

I’m currently working on 2 books with Helen Wood which come out of our ESRC project on reality television and class, called ‘The Making of Class through Mediated  Ethical Scenarios’. (See  The first is an edited collection (Reality TV and Class, published by BFI/Palgrave, 2011) which brings together international contributors to explore how class works across national formations, such as the challenges of incorporating reality television into post-socialist economies, which presents some interesting challenges. Other chapters explore affects of shame, pride and aspiration, offering new ways to think about how television moves us, what it does to us and what we do with it.

The second is a jointly authored book of the project called 'Reacting to Reality Television: Audience, performance, value' (published by Routledge) which develops our research findings. It uses empirical evidence to investigate the impact of reality TV within a broader moral economy.   We use multi-methods: textual analysis, interviews, text in action viewing sessions and focus groups with four groups of women to investigate media responses.  We also developed a new method for TV analysis 'the affective textual encounter' which enabled us to detail exactly where the television incited responses, and describe how these reactions were usually converted into moral judgement.  We argue that reality television is restructuring our knowledge of intimacy through its spectacular visualizaton and the call for people to perform their own value on a public stage.  We show media effects and affects to be almost opposite to most media understandings of reception.

I've just edited a special issue of The Politics of Imagination, with an introduction on Keeping Open: Curious and Critical, with Joanna Latimer for a Special Issue of Scoiological Review, August 59: 3. See

To celebrate 100 years of the journal The Sociological Review, a conference was organised in 2009 from which emerged a series of journal edition on the state of the contemporary sociological imagination. Joanna Latimer and me are finalizing an edition on the politics of the sociological imagination to be published in 2011, with a great range of articles.


Contributions To Refereed Journals:

It feels odd to have such an ‘old’ list but what it reveals is a trajectory that has developed over time, always interested in politics and value.

Anti-Sexist Initiatives in Education (1985) Youth & Society. 23-24

Gender Reproduction and Further Education: Domestic Apprenticeships (1989) British Journal of Sociology of Education. 9: 2: 131-151. (0142-5692)

Symposium: 'Louts and Legends' (1989) British Journal of Sociology of Education. 10: 4: 481-495. (0142-5692)

Explosions on the Dance floor (1990) Magazine of Cultural Studies. 1: 8.

Cultural Studies in Poland (1990) Magazine of Cultural Studies. 2: 12-13.

Challenging Masculinity and Using Sexuality (1991) British Journal of Sociology of Education. 12: 2: 127-141. (0142-5692)

Postmodernism: what is all the fuss about? (1991) British Journal of Sociology of Education. 12: 2: 255-79. (0142-5692)

A Spanking Good Time: Sexuality and Feminist Readings (1991) Magazine of Cultural Studies. 3: 28-33.

Doing Feminist Research (1992) Sociology Review. 2: 2: 14-18.

Two Minute Brother: Contestation Through Gender, 'Race' and Sexuality (1993) Innovation in Social Science Research. 6: 3: 299-322. (1012-8050)

Women's Studies in Britain in the 1990s: Entitlement Cultures and Institutional Constraints (1995)

Women's Studies International Forum. 18: 4: 475-485. (0277-5395-x)

Pedagogies of Pornography (with Pat Kirkham) (1996) Jump Cut 42: 14-20. (74470-82267)

Becoming a Modern 'Woman' (review article) (1997) Cultural Studies 11: 3: 489-492.

Matter out of Place: Visibility and Sexualities in Leisure Spaces Leisure Studies (1999) 18: 213-232. (0261-4367)

Seeing Differently: Ethnography and Explanatory Power, in Australian Journal for Research in Education (1999) 26: 1: 33-55. (0311-6999).

One Down - Five Hundred to go, (review article) in Journal of Gender Studies, 8: 3: 343-344. (0958-9236)

Remaining the Same with Difference, in Feminist Review. (2000) 64: 122-123. (0958-9236)

The Toilet Paper: Femininity, Class and Misrecognition (Women's Studies International Forum. (2001) 24, nos 2-3: 295-307.

Property, Boundary, Exclusion: Making Sense of Heterocentric Violence and Safer Spaces (with Les Moran) Social and Cultural Geography (2001) vol 2: 4: 407-420. (1464-9365).

The Property of Safety (with Les Moran) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (2001) 23: 4: 379-393. (0141-8033).

The Formation of Fear in Gay Pace: the 'Straight' Story (with Les Moran, Karen Corteen and Paul Tyrer) Capital and Class (2003) 80. 2003. pp. 173-199. (0-309-8168).

New Directions in the Study of Gender and Sexuality, GLQ (Gay and Lesbian Quarterly) (2004) 10: 2: 291-298. (1064-2684)

Cosmopolitan Sexualities: Disrupting the Logic of Late Capitalism (with Jon Binnie), Sociological Review (2004) 52: 1: 39-62. (1467-954-x).

Queer as Folk: Producing the Real of Urban Space (with Les Moran, Paul Tyrer Jon Binnie) , Urban Studies (2004) 21: 9: (1360-063-x).

Notes on Ethical Scenarios of Self on British Reality TV (with Helen Wood) Feminist Media Studies (2004) 4:1: 205-208. (1468-0777).

The Making of Class through Visualising Moral Subject Formation, special edition ‘Class, Culture and Identity’ of Sociology (2005) 39: 5: 965-982.

Oh goodness, I am watching Reality TV’: How methodology makes class in multi-method audience research, for European Journal of Cultural Studies. (2008) 11: 1: 5-24 (with Helen Wood and Nancy Thumim).

Diasporic Narratives of Sexuality: Ethnologia Scandavica: A Journal for Nordic Ethnology (2008)

Moral Economy of Person Production: the Class Relations of Self-Performance on ‘Reality’ Television, (with Helen Wood) Sociological Review (2009) 57:4:626-644.

The Value of Relationships: Affective Scenes and Emotional Performances, for Feminist Legal Studies (2010) 18:1: 29-51. (ISSN 0966-3622).

Ruth Herz, Judge, playing Judge Ruth Herz: Reflections on the Performance of Judicial Authority (2010) (with Les Moran and Ruth Herz) Special Issue of Law in Context on ‘Law’s Theatrical Presence: Frame, Rhetoric, Image, Body Appearance (ed. Leiboff, M. & Nield, S.) (pp. 198-220). (ISSN 1332-9060).

Turning it on is a Class Act: Immediated Object Relations with the Television. Media, Culture and Society, (2011) 1-11.

Imagining personhood differently: person value and autonomist working class value practices. Sociological Review, (2011) 59:3: 579-59.


Chapters In Edited Books:


Reacting to Reality TV: The affective economy of an 'extended social/public realm', for  M. Kraidy and K. Sender (eds.) (2011) Real Worlds: The Global Polotics of Reality Television, New York: Routledge. (With Helen Wood) (ISBN 13:978-0-41558825-6).

Affect and Culture in the Making of Class Relations, for G.Ritzer (ed.) (2012) International Encylopedia of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell.

Gender Differences in Education, in I. Reid & E. Stratta (1989) (Eds.) Gender Differences in Britain. Aldershot. Gower. pp.103-133. (0-566-05595-3, 0556-05804-9).

Gender Reproduction in Education and its Alternatives, in: D. Gleeson (1990) (Ed.) Training and Its Alternatives. Milton Keynes. Open University Press. pp.183-217.

The Cultural Production of 'Learning to Labour', in: A. Beezer & M. Barker (1992) (Eds.) Reading into Cultural Studies. London. Routledge. pp.181-196. (0-415-06376-0, 0-415-06377-9).

All Around the World: Televising Live Music, in: N. Millar & R. Allen (1993) (Eds.) Its Live But is it Real? London. John Libbey. pp.59-66. (0-86196-370-9)

A Good Time for Women Only, in: F. Lloyd (1993) (Ed.) Deconstructing Madonna. Batsford Press. pp. 271-281. (0-7134-7402-5).

Theories of Masculinities, for: P. Ahokes, M. Lahti & J. Sihvonen (1994) (Eds.) Discourse of Masculinity. Jyuaskylan Nykykultluria, Tutkimusyksikio, Finnish/English Publication. pp.13 - 36.

Situating the Production of Feminist Ethnography, in: M. Maynard & J. Purvis (1994) (Eds.) Researching Women's Lives. Basingstoke. Taylor & Francis. pp.72-93. (0-74840-1520).

Refusing to be Civilised: 'Race', Sexuality and Power, in: H. Afshar & M. Maynard (1994) (Eds.) The Dynamics of Race, and Gender. Basingstoke. Taylor & Francis. pp.106 - 127. (0-7484-0211-x, 0-7484-0212-8).

The Limits of Neutrality: Feminist Research and the ERA, in: B. Troyna & D. Halpin (1994) (Eds.) Researching Educational Policy: Ethical and Methodological Issues. Lewes. Falmer. pp. 75-94. (0-7507-0345-8, 0-7505-0344-x).

Theorising, Writing and Ethics: the Production of Ethnography, in: B. Skeggs (1995) (Eds.) The Production of Feminist Cultural Theory Manchester. Manchester University Press. pp. 190-207. (0 7190 4471-5).

Classifying Practices: Representations, Capitals and Recognitions, in: P. Mahoney and C. Zmroczek (1997) (Eds.) Class Matters London. Taylor and Francis. pp.123-140. (0 7484-0541-0).

Absolutely Fabulous and Textual Analysis, in: C. Geraghty and D. Lusted (1998) (Eds.) The Television Book. London. Edward Arnold. pp.287-301. (0-340-6623-x, 0-340-66232-8).

The Appearance of Class: Challenges in Gay Space, in: S. Munt (Ed.)(2000) Cultural Studies and Class. London. Cassell. pp 129-151. (0-304-70548-9).

Cultures of Class, in M. Haralambos (Ed.)(2000) New Developments in Sociology. Vol 16.Ormskirk. Causeway Press. pp 1-25. (1-902796-13-6).

The Rhetorics of Affect, in S. Ahmed et al. (Eds.)(2000) Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism. London: Routledge. pp. 25-27. ( 0-415-22067-x)

Introduction: Thinking Through Feminism, (with S. Ahmed, J. Kilby, M. McNeil, C. Lury), in S. Ahmed et al. (Eds.)(2000) Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism. London: Routledge. pp. 1-25. (0-415-22067-x)

Women Avoiding being Working Class, in N.Abercrombie & A.Warde (Eds.) The Contemporary British Society Reader. Cambridge. Polity. Pp. 118-126. (0-7456-2262-3).

Entries on Feminist Cultural Theory and Technology of Gender, in L. Code (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Feminist Theories. London. Routledge. 1750 words / 150 words. (2001). 0-415-13274-6).

Feminist Ethnography, in S. Delamont , P. Atkinson & A. Coffey (Eds.) Handbook of Ethnography. London. Sage. (2001) pp. 426-443. ( 0 7619-6480-0).

Techniques for Telling the Reflexive Self, in T. May (Ed.) Qualitative Research in Action. London. Sage. pp.349-375. (2002)( 07619-6068-6).

Safety Talk, Violence and Laughter: Methodological Reflections on Focus Groups in Violence Research (with Les Moran, Paul Tyrer and Karen Corteen), in R. M. Lee and E. A. Stanko (2003) Researching Violence: Essays on Methodology and Measurement. London. Routledge. Pp. 107-126 (0-415-30132-7).

The Constitution of Fear in Gay Space, (with Les Moran, Paul Tyrer and Karen Corteen) for E.A. Stanko (2003) The Meaning of Violence . London. Routledge. (pp. 107-126). (0-415-30130-0)

The Re-branding of Class, in, F. Devine, M. Savage, J. Scott & R. Crompton (eds.) (2004) Rethinking Class: Culture, Identities, Lifestyle. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan. pp. 46-67. (0-333-96895-6).

Context and Background: Pierre Bourdieu’s Analysis of Class, Gender and Sexuality, for L. Adkins and B. Skeggs (eds.) (2004) Feminism After Bourdieu. Oxford. Blackwell. pp. 19-35. (1-4051-2395-8)

Exchange Value and Affect: Bourdieu and the Self, for L. Adkins and B. Skeggs (eds.) (2004) Feminism After Bourdieu. Oxford. Blackwell. pp. 75-97. (1-4051-2395-8)

Cosmopolitan Knowledge and the Production and Consumption of Sexualised Space: Manchester’s Gay Village, (with Jon Binnie) in J. Binnie, J. Holloway, S. Millington & C. Young (eds.) Cosmopolitan Urbanism. London. Routledge. pp. 220-246. (0-415-34492-0)

The Problem with Identity, for A.Lin (ed.) Knowledge and Discourse. New York. Taylor and Francis. pp. 11-35.

Making Class through Fragmenting Culture, for A.Lin (ed.) Knowledge and Discourse. New York. Taylor and Francis. pp. 35-51.

Spectacular Morality: Reality Television and the Re-making of the Working Class, for D. Hesmondhlough and J. Toynbee (eds.) Media and Social Theory (with Helen Wood). Pp. 177-194. (0-415-44800).

The Transformation of Intimacy: Classed Identities in the Moral Economy of Reality Television, (with Helen Wood), for M. Wetherell (ed). (2009) Identity in the 21st Century: New Trends in Changing Times. London. Palgrave MacMillan pp. 231-249.

‘It’s Just Sad: Affect and Judgment on Reality TV, for J. Hollows and S. (ed.) Homefires: Domesticity, Feminism and Popular Culture. London: Routledge. (with Helen Wood). In press.

Class, for M.Wetherell and C.Mohanty (eds.) The Identities Handbook. London. Sage.

The Labour of Transformation on ‘Reality’ Television: Synoptical Viewing and Judgment, for T. Lewis (ed.) TV Transformations: Revealing the Makeover Show. London. Taylor and Francis.

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