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Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research interests: Rural and urban sociology, social class, lifestyle migration, production and consumption of space and place, migration and tourism, ethnographic methods

I worked at the Universities of York and Bristol, and held the Sociological Review Fellowship (2008-9) before joining Goldsmiths in 2013.

Underlying my research has been a longstanding interest in the intersections of space, society and the individual. My work to date has focused in particular on the socio-spatial dynamics of class identity, reproduction and practices of social distinction.

Through my research, I have examined various facets of middle-class cultures, identities and lifestyles (in both urban and rural settings); the representation and cultural production of places (at home and abroad) ‘fit’ for middle-class living; the role of the middle classes in social stratification and status discrimination; and the (re)production of habitus, in particular the ongoing formation of (classed) identities.


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    Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London