Social Theory and Social Transformation

Staff across the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology engage in vibrant and innovative writing and research which contributes to our understanding of critical theories of modernity, technology, the state, democracy and neoliberalism. Our work explores political identities and ideologies, gender identities, behaviour, ‘knowledge’, technology, inequalities, (right-wing) social movements and social justice.

Theme Lead: Dr Frankie Rogan

Staff

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

His work lies on the intersection of three intellectual traditions: recent continental philosophy (particularly Levinas, Derrida, Baudrillard and Stiegler), German Idealism (especially Kant and Hegel), and the Frankfurt School critique of culture, technology and capitalization.

His work is located in the critical tradition of social theory that began with the Frankfurt School. This tradition is ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7707
Email
r.abbinnett@bham.ac.uk

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research analyses the impact of various forces of social change on the constitution of gender relations and the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; feminist politics; gender, postfeminism and neoliberalism; sexuality and personal ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8621
Email
s.budgeon@bham.ac.uk

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Dr Justin Cruickshank

Senior Lecturer
Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Justin entered higher education as a mature student studying an interdisciplinary social science foundation course with the Open University and then went to the University of Kent as a full time student to study for a degree in Politics and Sociology. After that he went to the University of Warwick to study for an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory followed by a PhD in Sociology.

He ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6063
Email
j.cruickshank@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Farnhill

Dr Tom Farnhill

Lecturer in Social Policy

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Before developing a teaching and research career in higher education Dr Farnhill was a HR practitioner and full-time trade union officer. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his research interests include public policymaking, trade unionism and employee relations, and corporate political activity.

Email
t.farnhill@bham.ac.uk

James Gregory

James Gregory

Research Fellow

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

James Gregory received his doctorate in political theory before moving into social and housing policy research.  His housing research started at the Fabian Society, where he was a Senior Research Fellow. James is interested in homeownership, asset-based welfare, and neighbourhood research. In addition to a number of think-tank reports, James has recently published papers in Critical Social ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6212
Email
j.gregory@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lee Gregory

Dr Lee Gregory

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Lee Gregory is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include poverty and inequality as well as theoretical and conceptual debates about welfare provision. He is particularly interested in the role of welfare provision in perpetuating and challenging social problems and notions of alterity within welfare debates. His teaching interests encompass ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 4145715
Email
l.j.gregory@bham.ac.uk

Tina Hearn

Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of Widening Participation and Outreach

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Tina is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Director of Widening Participation and Outreach.  She has a particular commitment to the University's widening participation programmes and facilitating the inclusion of a diverse range of students within higher education, through a range of Outreach activities.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 2505
Email
t.hearn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Knops

Dr Andrew Knops

Lecturer in Sociology
Departmental Extenuating Circumstances Officer

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Andrew lectures in Sociology. His interests lie broadly in political sociology, especially the theory and practice of democracy, although he also teaches research methods. Andrew came to Birmingham as a research fellow in 2000, and was appointed as a lecturer in 2002.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2728
Email
a.knops@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Leggett

Dr Will Leggett

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
School of Social Policy REF Environment Lead

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Will Leggett researches and teaches in the areas of political sociology and social and political theory, with a particular focus on the relationship between social change, ideology and political identities and action.

 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8628
Email
w.p.leggett@bham.ac.uk

Robert M Page

Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Robert M Page is a Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy. He is the author or editor of nineteen books and short works as well as over forty chapters in edited books.  His books include Stigma which was first published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1984 and  reissued in a new edition by the Psychology Press in 2015: Modern Thinkers on Welfare (Harvester-Wheat ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8088
Email
r.m.page@bham.ac.uk

Dr Frankie Rogan

Lecturer in Sociology

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Frankie is a Lecturer in Sociology.

Her research focuses largely on the role of new media technologies in producing gendered identities, particularly new femininities and new masculinities. Frankie has also collaborated with colleagues in the Birmingham Business School, researching alongside Professor Isabelle Szmigin on projects focusing on young people, social media, alcohol consumption and ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5727
Email
f.rogan.1@bham.ac.uk

Publications

2018

Abbinnett, R. (2018). Living After Auschwitz: Memory, Culture and Biopolitics in the Work of Bernard Stiegler and Giorgio Agamben, Theory, Culture, Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0263276418790362

Budgeon, S. (2018). The Resonance of Feminism and the Gendered Relations of Austerity (forthcoming) Gender, Work and Organisation. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12315

Budgeon, S. (2018). ‘Sex/Gender and the Social: Feminist Theory’, in Peter Kivisto (ed). Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In press.

Rogan, F. and Budgeon, S. (2018). The Personal is Political: Assessing Feminist Fundamentals in the Digital Age, Social Sciences 7(8), 132. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7080132

2017

Cruickshank, J. and Sassower, R. (2017). Democratic Problem-Solving: Dialogues in Social Epistemology (London: Rowman and Littlefield [Philosophy: 'Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society' series]). 

Cruickshank, J. (2017). Meritocracy and ReificationSocial Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 6 (5): 4-19. [Commentary, stemming from the book’s discussion]. 

Farnhill, T. (2017). Union Renewal and Workplace Greening — Three Case StudiesBritish Journal of Industrial Relations

Knops, A. (2017). Validity and scope as criteria for deliberative epistemic quality across pluralism, Social Epistemology. 31(3): 340-350.

2016

Budgeon, S. (2016). The "Problem” with Single Women: Choice, Accountability and Social Change, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, vol. 33(3) 401–418.

Cruickshank, J. (2016). ‘Critical Realism’ in L. McIntyre and A. Rosenberg (eds), pp. 270-280. Routledge Companion To Philosophy Of Social Science. New York: Routledge.

Cruickshank, J. Rowan Williams And Hans-Georg Gadamer Contra Jürgen Habermas (2016). Rethinking The Problem Of Religion For Liberals As A Problem Of Dialogue. Current Perspectives In Social Theory vol. 35 (Restructuring Social Theory, History and Practice): 171-191.

Cruickshank, J. et al. (2016). The Alternative White Paper For Higher Education. In Defence Of Public Higher Education: Knowledge For a Successful Society. A Response To ‘Success As A Knowledge Economy’, BIS (2016). J. Holmwood, T. Hickey, R. Cohen and S. Wallis (eds). London: Convention for Higher Education. Available at: https://heconvention2.wordpress.com/alternative/

Cruickshank, J. (2016). Dialogue And The Development Of Ideas In The Political And Social Sciences: From Critical Realism To Problem-Solving Via Colin Hay And The Rejection Of The Epistemic Fallacy, European Journal Of Cultural And Political Sociology (3): 1. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23254823.2016.1162664

Cruickshank, J. (2016). Putting Business At The Heart Of Higher Education: On Neoliberal Interventionism And Audit Culture In UK Universities, Open Library Of Humanities (special issue: ‘The Abolition Of The University’), edited by L. Dear (Glasgow) and M. Eve (Birkbeck), 2 (1): 1-33. Available at: https://olh.openlibhums.org/articles/10.16995/olh.77/

Farnhill, T. (2016). The Characteristics of UK Unions' Environmental Activism, Global Labour Journal, 7 (3)

Farnhill, T. (2016). A small-N cross-sectional study of British Unions’ environmental attitudes and activism – and the prospect of a green-led renewal, Cogent Social Sciences, 2 (1)

Gregory, J., Mullins, D., Redman, P. and Alan Murie (2016). Social Housing and the Good Society, Policy Futures Report.

Gregory, J. (2016). How not to be an egalitarian: the politics of homeownership and property-owning democracy, International Journal of Housing Policy.

Knops, A. (2016). Deliberative networks, Critical Policy Studies. 10(3): 305-324

Leggett, W. (2016). Politics and Social Theory: The Inescapably Social, the Irreducibly Political, Basingstoke: Palgrave.