Research

Our monographs, multi-authored and edited works include original scholarly research, thorough and structured reviews of important subjects and engaging works that push forward the boundaries of the disciplines in which we publish.

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The harms of work

An ultra-realist account of the service economy

This book discusses workplace harm through an ultra-realist lens and examines the connection between individuals, their working conditions and management culture. It investigates the reorganisation of labour markets and the shift to flexibility and highlights working conditions and organisational practices within which multiple harms occur.

The sociology of housework (reissue)

Ann Oakley analysed the perceptions of 40 urban housewives around housework, their feelings of monotony and fragmentation, the length of their working week, the importance of standards and routines, and their attitudes to different household tasks. This classic book paved the way for the sociological study of many more aspects of women’s lives.

Healthcare reform in China

Experiments, Challenges and Futures

Edited by Ross Millar

This original contribution to current debate provides a theoretical, empirical and practical account of health policy in China, explaining the interaction between the institutions, interests and ideas informing China’s health policy process.

Mental health social work re-imagined

This much-needed book calls for a return to mental health social work that has personal relationships and an emotional connection between workers and those experiencing distress at its core.

Unaccompanied young migrants

Identity, care and justice

Exploring in depth the journeys migrant youth take through the UK legal and care systems, this book contributes new thinking, from a social justice perspective, on migration and human rights for policy, practice and future research.

Social experiences of breastfeeding

Building bridges between research, policy and practice

This edited collection brings together international academics, policy makers and practitioners to examine the social and cultural contexts of breastfeeding and looks at how policy and practice can apply this to women’s experiences.

Work and family balance in the Middle East and North Africa

A unique analysis of the reasons behind the low rate of educated women’s employment in the Middle East and North Africa, and the significance of childcare as a barrier to this.

From here to maternity (reissue)

Becoming a mother

Ann Oakley interviewed 60 women to find out what it’s really like to have a baby. She discusses whether and why women want to become pregnant, how they imagine motherhood to be, the experience of birth, post-natal depression, feeding and caring routines and the challenges for the domestic division of labour and to fathers.

Social support and motherhood (reissue)

The natural history of a research project

Ann Oakley develops a sociology of the research process, telling how a research project on caring and social support.is undertaken. It has much resonance for social science researchers and others interested in the experiences of mothers, and the relations between social research, academic knowledge and public policy.

Essays on the welfare state (reissue)

This reissued classic contains a selection of Richard Titmuss (1907-1973) most famous writing on social issues. It covers subjects from the position of women in society, changes in family life to the problems of an ageing population, pensions, social security and taxation policy, and the development of the national health service.

The gift relationship (reissue)

From human blood to social policy

In this reissued classic, Richard Titmuss compares blood donation in the US and UK, contrasting the British system of reliance on voluntary donors to the American one in which the blood supply is in the hands of for-profit enterprises, concluding that a system based on altruism is safer and more economically efficient.

Protecting children

A social model

This book explores the policy and practice possibilities offered by a social model of child protection. Drawing on developments in mental health and disability studies, it examines the conceptual, political and practice implications of this new framework.

Education Policy

Evidence of equity and effectiveness

Supported by 20 years of extensive, international research, this approachable text brings invaluable insights into the underlying problems within education policy, and proposes practical solutions for a brighter future.

Public policy resources

Building on Knoepfel’s previous book, Public policy analysis, this book offers a conceptually coherent view of ten public policy resources: force, law, personal, money, property rights, information, organisation, consensus, time and political support.

Women and religion

Contemporary and future challenges in the Global Era

This edited collection provides interdisciplinary, global, and multi-religious perspectives on the relationship between women’s identities, religion, and social change in the contemporary world.

Supporting children when parents separate

Embedding a crisis intervention approach within family justice, education and mental health policy

A fresh approach to supporting children who experience parental separation and divorce. Murch argues for preventative intervention which responds to children's worries when they first present them, without waiting until things have gone badly wrong.

Revisiting the 'Ideal Victim'

Developments in Critical Victimology

Edited by Marian Duggan

Nils Christie’s (1986) seminal work on the ‘Ideal Victim’ is reproduced in full in this edited collection of vibrant and provocative essays that respond to and update the concept from a range of thematic positions.

Gender based violence in university communities

Policy, prevention and educational interventions in Britain

This book provides the first in-depth overview of research and practice in GBV in universities. It sets out the international context of ideologies, politics and institutional structures that underlie responses to GBV in elsewhere in Europe, in the US, and in Australia, and consider the implications of implementing related policy and practice.

Local knowledge matters

Power, context and policymaking in Indonesia

This book explores the critical role that local knowledge plays in public policy processes as well as its role in the co-production of policy relevant knowledge with the scientific and professional communities.

Family group conferences in social work

Involving families in social care decision making

This insightful book discusses the origins and theoretical underpinnings of family led decision making and brings together the current research on the efficacy and limitations of family group conferences into a single text.

The new dynamics of ageing volume 2

Edited by Alan Walker

A comprehensive multi-disciplinary overview of the very latest research on ageing, concentrating on four major themes: autonomy and independence in later life, biology and ageing, food and nutrition and representation of old age.

How language works in politics

The impact of vague legislation on policy

Using analysis from machine readings of all legislation enacted between 1900 and 2015, this book discusses the social impact of increasingly elastic legislative language on the contemporary workings of the British constitution.

Connecting Families?

Information & Communication Technologies, Generations, and the Life Course

Taking a lifecourse and generational perspective, this collection examines topics such as work-life balance, transnational families, digital storytelling and mobile parenting. It offers tools that allow for an informed and critical understanding of ICTs and family dynamics.

Human rights and equality in education

Comparative perspectives on the right to education for minorities and disadvantaged groups

This interdisciplinary collection explores how a human rights perspective offers new insights and tools into the current obstacles to education. It examines the role of private actors, the need to hold states to account, the balance between religion, culture and education, girls’ right to education and the role of courts.