Recent & Updated Publications by Study Group Members

Books and Articles

Allington, D. (2011a) ‘Distinction, intentions, and the consumption of fiction: negotiating cultural legitimacy in a gay reading group’. European Journal of Cultural Studies 14 (3): 129-145. Available here

Allington, D. (2011b) ‘ “It actually painted a picture of the village and the sea and the bottom of the sea”: reading groups, cultural legitimacy, and description in narrative (with particular reference to John Steinbeck’s The Pearl)’. Language and Literature 20 (4) Available here

Allington, D. (2012) ‘Private experience, textual analysis, and institutional authority: the discursive practice of critical interpretation and its enactment in literary training’. Language and Literature 21 (2): 211-225. Available here

Allington, D. (2014) ‘Kiran Desai’s The inheritance of loss and the troubled symbolic production of a Man Booker prizewinner’. In: Dwivedi, O.P. and Lau, L. (eds.) Indian Writing in English and the global literary
marketplace. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 119-139. Available here


Allington, D. (online first, 2015) ‘Linguistic Capital and Development Capital in a Network of Cultural Producers: Mutually Valuing Peer Groups in the “Interactive Fiction” Retrogaming Scene’. Cultural Sociology Available here

Atkinson, W. (2015) Class. Cambridge: Polity Press Available here

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Burke, C. (2015) “Graduate Blues: considering the effects of inverted symbolic violence on underemployed middle class graduates”, Sociology (available online first) Available here

Burke, C. (2015) Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures: Degrees of class. London: Routledge.  Available here

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Burke, C. (2015) “Habitus and Graduate Employment: a re/structured structure and the role of biographical research”, In: Costa, C. and Murphy, M. The Art of Application: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research. London: Palgrave. Available here


Burton, Sarah. (2015) ‘The Monstrous “White Theory Boy”: Symbolic Capital, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Knowledge’, Sociological Research Online, Volume 20, (3) 14. Available here

Curran, Dean (2015) ‘Risk Illusion and Organized Irresponsibility in Contemporary Finance: Rethinking Class and Risk Society’. Economy and Society 44(3): 392-417. Available here

Friedman, S. 2014. Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour’. Routledge.  Published in paperback on September 15 2015 – Available here

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Friedman, S. 2015. ‘Habitus Clivé and the Emotional Imprint of Social Mobility’, Sociological Review  early view available here

Friedman, S., Laurison, D., Miles, A. 2015. ‘Breaking the ‘Class’ Ceiling? Social Mobility into Britain’s Elite Occupations’, Sociological Review, 63 (2) 259-290 Available here

Fowler, Bridget. The alienated reader: women and romantic literature in the twentieth century. Sussex: Harvester/Wheatsheaf, 1991. Available here

Fowler, Bridget. “The hegemonic work of art in the age of electronic reproduction:An assessment of Pierre Bourdieu.” Theory, Culture & Society 11.1 (1994): 129-154. Available here

Fowler, Bridget “An introduction to Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘Understanding'”, Theory, Culture and Society, 13.2 (1996): 1-16. Available here

Fowler, Bridget. “A sociological analysis of the Satanic Verses affair.” Theory, Culture & Society 17.1 (2000): 39-61. Available here

Fowler, Bridget (2003) Pierre Bourdieu pp 48-53 in C. Murray (ed) Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century, London: Routledge. Available here


Fowler, Bridget (2014) Figures of Descent from Classical Sociology: Luc Boltanski in eds Simon Susen and Bryan S. Turner, The Spirit of Luc Boltanski: Essays in the Pragmatic Sociology of Critique, London: Anthem. Available here

Gamsu, S. 2015. Moving up and moving out: The re-location of elite and middle-class schools from central London to the suburbs. Urban Studies. Online First (Pre-print). pp. 1-18. Available here

Harding, S. (2014) The Street Casino: survival in the violent street gang, Bristol: The Policy Press

Harding, S. (2012), ‘Street Government: the role of the Urban Street Gang in the London Riots’, in The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent (edited by Daniel Briggs, Waterside Press: Hook, Hampshire pp 193 – 215

Harding, S.  (2012)  A Reputational Extravaganza? The role of the urban street gang in the riots in London, Criminal Justice Matters, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, no 87, March 2012.

He, N 2014, Chinese Criminal Trials: A Comprehensive Empirical Inquiry, Springer, New York. Available here

Huc-Hepher, S. (2015). Big Web data, small focus: An ethnosemiotic approach to culturally themed selective Web archiving. Big Data & Society, July-December 2015:1-15. Available here

Ibrahim, J. (2015) Bourdieu and Social Movements: Ideological Struggles in the British Anti-Capitalist Movement. Palgrave Macmillan Available here


James, D. (2015) ‘How Bourdieu Bites Back: Recognising misrecognition in education and educational research’, Cambridge Journal of Education 45 (1) Available here (OPEN ACCESS)

McDonald, R. (2014) ‘Bourdieu’, medical elites and ‘social class’: a qualitative study of ‘desert island’ doctors, Sociology of Health and Illness, 36:902-916. Available here

McGovern P., Nazroo J. (2015) Patterns and causes of health inequalities in later life: a Bourdieusian analysis Sociology of Health & Illness DOI 10.1111/1467-9566.12187

McGovern P. (2015) Museums are good for the health! CMIst News, Spring

McGovern P., (2015) Path analysis for people who hate statistics! Radical Statistics 112, ISSN 0268 6376

McGovern P. (2014) Path analysis: Quantitative research into health inequalities Sociology Review, 23(4), ISBN 978-1-4441-9927-7

Pasquetti, S. (2015). “Subordination and Dispositions: Palestinians’ Differing Sense of Injustice, Politics, and Morality”. Theory and Society, 44, 1, pp 1-31. Available here

Pasquetti, S. (2013). “Legal Emotions: An Ethnography of Distrust and Fear in the Arab Districts of an Israeli City.” Law & Society Review, 47, 3, 461-492. Available here

SAMALUK, B (2015) Change and Inertia in (re)Formartion and Commodification of Migrant Workers’ Subjectivities: An Intersectional Analysis across Spatial and Temporal Dimensions. In TATLI, A., ÖZBILGIN, M. and KARATAS-ÖZKAN, M. (eds.) Pierre Bourdieu, Organization and Management. London: Routledge Available here

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SAMALUK, B (2015) Migrant workers’ engagement with labour market intermediaries in Europe: symbolic power guiding transnational exchange, Work, employment and society, published online September 16 Available here

Shammas, V. L. and Sandberg, S. (forthcoming) ‘Habitus, capital, and conflict: Bringing Bourdieusian field theory to criminology’ Criminology & Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1177/1748895815603774. Available here

Stahl, G. 2014, “The affront of the aspiration agenda: white working-class male narratives of ‘ordinariness’ in neoliberal times” Masculinity and Social Change.  3(2). 88-118 Available here

Stahl, G. 2014, “White working-class male narratives of ‘loyalty to self’ and egalitariansim, challenging the neoliberal aspiration rhetoric” British Journal of Sociology in Education. 36(2). 1-21 Available here

Stahl, G. 2012, ‘Aspiration and Good Life among White Working-Class Boys in London’ Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research. 7(1). 8-19.Available here

Stahl, G., Dale, P. 2015, ‘DJ and MC Habitus and ‘Skillz’ in Peer-led Learning Cultures’ in Burnard, P., Hofvander Trulsson, Y. and Soderman, J. (Eds) Bourdieu and the Sociology of Music, Music Education and Research.  pp. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate. Available here

Stahl, G. 2015, ‘Egalitarian Habitus: Narratives of Reconstruction in Discourses of Aspiration and Change’ in Murphy, M., Costa, C. (Eds) The Art of Application: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research. Palgrave Macmillan, New York Available here

Stahl, G. 2015, Identity, Neoliberalism and Aspiration: Educating White Working-Class Boys. Routledge, London. Available here

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Susen, Simon (2015) The ‘Postmodern Turn’ in the Social Sciences, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 522 pp Available here


Susen, Simon (2015) ‘Une réconciliation entre Pierre Bourdieu et Luc Boltanski est-elle possible ? Pour un dialogue entre la sociologie critique et la sociologie pragmatique de la critique’, in Bruno Frère (ed.) Le tournant de la théorie critique, Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, pp. 151-186. Available here

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Susen, Simon (2015) ‘Boltanski, Luc (1940-)’, in James D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Volume 2, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 747-754. Available here

Susen, Simon (2015) ‘Emancipation’, in Michael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, and Kennan Ferguson (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Volume 3, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 1024-1038. Available here

Valassi, D. (2012), ‘Elite private secondary education in Greece: Class strategies and educational advantages’, Kultura i Edukacjia 6 (92): 21 – 41 Available here

Varriale, S. (2015) Cultural production and the morality of markets: popular music critics and the conversion of economic power into symbolic capital, Poetics, 51: 1-16. Available here

Varriale, S. (2015) Beyond distinction: theorising cultural evaluation as a social encounter, Cultural Sociology (OnlineFirst). Available here

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Gillborn, D., and Ball, S. (2012) Being strategic, being watchful, being determined: Black Middle Class parents and schooling, British Journal of Sociology of Education 33, 3: 337-354 Available here

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Ball, S. & Gillborn, D.  (2012) Intersectional work and precarious positionings: Black middle-class parents and their encounters with schools in England, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 22:3, Available here

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Ball, S. & Gillborn, D.  (2012) Raising Middle-class Black Children: Parenting Priorities, Actions and Strategies, Sociology, 47, 3: Available here

Vincent, C. & Maxwell, C. (2015) Parenting priorities and pressures: Furthering understanding of ‘concerted cultivation’ Discourse: Cultural Politics in Education (published on line March 2015) Available here

Wagner, B. and McLaughlin, K. (2015) ‘Politicising the psychology of social class: The relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s habitus for psychological research.’ Theory & Psychology, 25(2) pp. 202-221. Available here

WRIGHT, S. 2015. Medical school personal statements: a measure of motivation or proxy for cultural privilege? Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20, 627-643. Available here

Members’ PhD Thesis

Bull, A., 2015. The musical body: how gender and class are reproduced among young people playing classical music in England. Goldsmiths, University of London. The study is available here

Cooper, L., 2014. Extended mothering: maternal influences in daughters’ higher education. Phd thesis. Anglia Ruskin University, Essex. Available here

Harding, S. (2012) The Role and Significance of Street Capital in the Social Field of the Violent Youth Gang in south London.   Doctoral Thesis for University of Bedfordshire

McGovern, Pauline (2011) Dimensions of Power: A Bourdieusian Approach to Control and Influence in the Voluntary Sector. PhD thesis. University of Salford. [Not available online]

Varriale, S. (2014) Cosmopolitan expertise: music, media and cultural identities in Italy. PhD thesis, University of Warwick (UK). Available here

Wayne Peter Dirk. July 2013. Constructing and Transforming the Curriculum for Higher education: A South African Case. Study. PhD thesis. Department of Sociology. University of South Africa.The study is available here:


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