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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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Personal profile

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.

Other

Teaching

Sociological Imagination (Level 1)

Norms and Social Change (Level 3 option)

Inequality and Emotions (Masters)

 

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Research Output

Non-sectarian Mothering in Belfast: the emotional quality of normative change

Smyth, L., 10 Nov 2014, The ‘Irish’ Family. Connolly, L. (ed.). London: Routlege, p. 106-124 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Demands of Motherhood: Agents, Roles and Recognition

Smyth, L., 2012, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 178 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • The Social Politics of Breastfeeding: Norms, Situations and Policy Implications

    Smyth, L., 15 Jun 2012, In : Ethics and Social Welfare. 6, 2, p. 182-194 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Northern Ireland After Repeal the Eighth: Democratic Challenges

    Smyth, L., 15 Jan 2020, After Repeal: Rethinking Abortion Politics. Browne, K. & Calkin, S. (eds.). London: Zed Books, p. 239-254 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  • Activities

    San Diego State University

    Lisa Smyth (Visitor)

    09 Nov 200930 Jun 2010

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    Irish Journal Of Sociology (Journal)

    Lisa Smyth (Peer reviewer)

    01 Nov 202031 Oct 2023

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Sexualities (Journal)

    Lisa Smyth (Peer reviewer)

    11 Jun 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Ireland's Moral Revolution: Honor, Shame and the Liberalisation of Abortion Law

    Lisa Smyth (Invited speaker)

    27 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    British Sociological Association Study Group on Emotions (External organisation)

    Lisa Smyth (Board Member)

    Aug 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    Press / Media

    Robot is the latest incentive to ensure abortion in Northern Ireland

    Lisa Smyth

    04/06/2018

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Ireland abortion referendum: How much has country changed?

    Lisa Smyth

    26/05/2018

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Thesis

    "A different kind of girl" : young women's experiences of growing up and "coming out" in Northern Ireland

    Author: Neill, G., Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Smyth, L. (Supervisor) & Schubotz, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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