Lisa Smyth

Dr

  • Room 02.017 - 3 College Park East

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Critical theory analysis of social roles, in contexts such as gender, family life and employment - Studies of the emotional quality of social politics , including abortion, breastfeeding, and motherhood - Interactionist analyses of emotions, roles and social change

19982020

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Research Interests

My research focuses on norms, roles and social emotions, particularly in relation to abortion, motherhood, shame and anxiety. I examine the normative, interactive and emotional quality of role interpretation, and am developing a monograph on Emotions and Social Roles: A Critical Theory. My previous book, The Demands of Motherhood: Agents, Roles and Recognition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), returns to neglected sociological questions concerning the connections between agency and normative complexity, through the neo-pragmatist interpretation it offers of the recognition dynamics shaping this deeply contested and emotionally fraught role.

Abortion and Nation: The Politics of Reproduction in Contemporary Ireland (Ashgate 2005, Routledge 2016), analysed the significance and changing character of a gendered politics of national identity over three decades of intense moral conflict. 

I have also published papers on the social politics of breastfeeding, abortion and sex education in Ireland, north and south; and the significance of maternal situations as sites of civility, sectarianism and social change in Belfast's divided inner city. 

I am interested in supervising PhD theses taking a critical theory perspective on social role interpretations in families, and projects focused on normative transformations in Ireland.

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Teaching

Sociological Imagination (Level 1)

Norms and Social Change (Level 3 option)

Inequality and Emotions (Masters)

 

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