Shelley Budgeon is a sociologist who specialises in the area of gender and feminist theory. Her research focuses upon the impact of social change on the constitution of gender relations and processes of gender identification. This work involves a critical evaluation of gendered neoliberal subjectivity.
Shelley is currently investigating contemporary gender equality discourses and their specific manifestation in policies such as the recently mandated Equality Act 2010 and Equality Duty which embody a ‘modernized’ state sanctioned approach to gender issues. The aim of this project is to provide a critical sociological account of how gender equality agendas have been imagined, formalized and contested over time.
Her most published research addresses how transformations to gender relations have reworked the regulation of femininity and the implications this has for feminist thought particularly as these debates are represented by third wave feminism. This book is published by Palgrave MacMillan as, Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity.
The relationship between gender, feminism and social change
Postfeminism, neoliberalism and gender inequality
Gender and individualisation
Gendered subjectivities and identities
Feminist method and epistemology
Sexuality and personal relationships
Current and recent projects
Shelley is currently investigating contemporary gender equality discourses and their specific manifestation in policies such as the recently mandated Equality Act 2010 and Equality Duty which embody a ‘modernized’ state sanctioned approach to gender issues. The aim of this project is to provide a critical account of how gender equality agendas have been imagined, formalized and contested over time. This analysis will focus on the meanings which are formally associated with the institutionalization of equality and those which emerge through the everyday practices and processes which constitute gendered interactions within organizations. This project will examine how gender and equality are constructed through multiple dynamics including those that are formal and direct alongside those which are more habitual or un-reflexive and those which are covert and strategic.
She has also researched the lived experiences of young women as they negotiate feminine identity within the context of individualisation and has engaged in debates regarding the impact of post-feminism both as a recuperative discourse and as a way to rethink feminist projects. Shelley has also researched the practices, values and significance associated with the provision of care in non-familial settings.
Budgeon, S. (2011) Third Wave Feminism and Gender Politics in Late Modernity. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Budgeon, S. (2010) “The Contradictions of Successful Femininity: Third Wave Feminism, Postfeminism and ‘New’ Femininities”, in Gill, Rosalind and Scharfe, Christina (eds.), New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Budgeon, S. (2008) “Couple Culture and Negotiating Singleness”, Sexualities, vol. 11(3):301-325.
Budgeon, S. (2006) “Friendship and Formations of Sociality in Late Modernity”, Sociological Research Online, volume 11, Issue 3, (http://www.socresonline.org.uk/11/3/budgeon.html). ISSN 1360-7804
Budgeon, S., and Roseneil, S (eds.). (2004) “Beyond the Conventional Family: Intimacy, Care, and Community in the 21st Century”, special issue of Current Sociology, vol. 52. no. 2. ISSN 0011-3921
Roseneil, S., and Budgeon, S. (2004) “Cultures of Intimacy and Care Beyond ‘The Family’: Personal Life and Social Change in the Early 21st Century”, Current Sociology, vol. 52. no. 2: 135-149. ISSN 0011-39210401797
Budgeon, S. (2003) Choosing a Self: Young Women and the Individualisation of Identity: Westport, CT: Praegar Publishing. 224 pages. ISBN 0-275-97637
Budgeon, S. (2003) “Identity as an Embodied Event”, Body and Society. Vol. 9, no. 1:37-57. ISSN 1357-034X
Budgeon, S. (2001) “Emergent Feminist(?) Identities: Young Women and the Practice of Micropolitics”, The European Journal of Women’s Studies. Vol. 8, No. 1:7-28. ISSN 1350-5068
Budgeon, S., and Currie, D. (1995) “From Feminism to Postfeminism: Women’s Liberation in Fashion Magazines”. Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp: 173 - 186. ISSN 0277-5395