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Social Science (ECC): Identity and culture (SCS304)

Essential Reading (depending on topic pursued)

Ferrer, N. (2014)  ‘Re-Thinking Social Theory in Contemporary social movements.’ Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest Vol 1 (2) pp27-45

Karadag, M. (2016) Class Identities and Cultural Practices: New Debates on Recent Theories. Gaziantep University Journal of Social Sciences, 15 (4), pp1029-1035.

Kraus, M.W., Won Park, J., Tan, J.J.X. (2017) ‘Signs of Social Class: The Experience of Economic Inequality in Everyday Life.’ Perspectives on Psychological Science Vol 12 (3) pp422-435 available here

Lopes, A. R. (2014)  The Impact of Social Media on Social Movements: The New Opportunity and Mobilizing Structure

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Lupton, D. (2013) Digital sociology: beyond the digital to the sociological. In The Australian Sociological Association 2013 Conference Proceedings: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations, 50 Years of Australian Sociology. Osbaldiston, N., Strong, C. and Forbes-Mewett, H. (eds). Melbourne: TASA. Available at 

Lupton, D. (2014) Self Tracking Cultures: towards a sociology of personal informatics. OzCHI '14 : Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Designing Futures, the Future of Design. December 2-5 2014, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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Manstead, A. S. R. (2018) ‘The psychology of social class: How socioeconomic status impacts thought, feelings and behaviour.’ British Journal or Social Psychology 57 pp267-291 available here

Marres, N., Gerlitz, C. (2015)  ’Interface Methods: Renegotiating relations between digital social research, STS and Sociology.’   Sociological Review 64 (1) Pre-publication draft, February 15, 2015. available at

O'Brien, D. and Oakley, K. (2015) Cultural value and inequality: a critical literature review. Arts and Humanities Research Council.  Available at:

Peterson, A. , Wahlstrom, M., Wennerhag, M. (2015)  ‘European Anti-austerity protests – beyond “old” and “new” social movements?  Acta Sociologica 58 (4) pp293-310 available here



Schuster, J. (2016) ‘Intersectional expectations: Young feminists' perceived failure at dealing with differences and their retreat to individualism’ Women’s Studies International Forum 58 pp1-8 available here

Silva, E.R. (2015) ‘Class in contemporary Britain: comparing the Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion (CCSE) project and the Great British Class Survey (GBCS)’  The Sociological Review  Vol 63 pp373-392 available here

Yates, S. and Lockley, E. (2018) 'Social media and social class', American Behavioral Scientist, 62(9), 1291-1316.

Further Reading

Archer, M. (1982). 'Morphogenesis versus Structuration: On Combining Structure and Action'. The British Journal of Sociology,, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Dec., 1982), pp. 455-483. available here

Batchelor, D. (2006).'Becoming what you want to be' . London Review of Education , Vol 4, No 3, pp225-238. 

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Groake, S. (2002). 'Psychoanalysis and Structuration Theory: The Social Logic of Identity'. Sociology , Volume 36(3): 559–576.


Healy, K. (1998). 'Conceptualising Constraint: Mouzelis, Archer and the Concept of Social Structure'. Sociology, Vol 32 No.3 pp 509-522.

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Manzi, C., Vignoles, V. L., & Regalia, C. (2010). 'Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change and well-being across two life-transitions'. European Journal of Social Psychology, Vol 40, 970–984.

Mercieca, D. (2011). 'Becoming-Teachers: Desiring students'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol 44, No S1 pp43-55.

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Online Media


BBC (2015) Erving Goffman and the Performed Self Available at 

Digital Sociology (ND) Digital Sociology Podcast Available at  

Jafar, A. (2012) Progress and women’s bodies TEDx Connecticut College  Available at 

Jakubsonas, K. (2013) Why do we need Facebook? Prof Z Bauman Available at 

Leeds Beckett University Zygmunt Bauman Lecture Available at 

Lupton, D. (2020) Digitised Quarantine: a new form of health dataveillance. This Sociological Life. Available  at           

Shilling C. (2010) Professor Chris Shilling University of Kent Available at 

The Embodiment channel (2013) What is embodiment and why does it matter? Available at 

SOCI 105 (2019) The Sociology of the Body Available at 

Taylor and Francis (2018) How the Social Sciences help us Understand ourselves Available at 

Vidya-mitra (2018) Liquid modernity Available at 

Voogdgeert, R. (2015) Zygmunt Bauman Liquid Modernity revisited