Sean O'Connell
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    Sean's teaching interests include working class family and community, oral history, gender history, consumerism, the social history of modern Britain and the social history of modern Belfast.

    Research Statement

    Sean's work on the history of the car was part of the shift in British social history away from the study of production towards the analysis of consumption and consumers. His more recent projects have continued this interest. These have analyzed the origins of men's consumer magazines, the social and business history of mail order catalogues, the history of working class experiences of consumer credit and debt, and the origins and history of `joyriding.' His research has been supported by grants from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust (twice), and the AHRC. Sean's most recently published monograph is The Politics of Consumer Credit in the UK, 1938-1992 (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is currently completing a monograph for Palgrave Pivot on the history of joyriding.  His current research project is commissioned by the Department of Health (NI) and examines the history of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in Northern Ireland. This research (with co-investigator Leanne McCormick of UU) details the Northern Ireland experience of institutions that have provided so much concern and trauma in the Republic of Ireland. The report is due for submission in June 2019.  This research forms part of Sean's growing expertise in the social history of Northern Ireland.


    Dr Sean O'Connell teaches on the following programmes / modules:



    HIS3012Working Class communities in tthe UK 1900-1970
    HIS2019The Making of Modern Britain
    HIS2018The Making of Contemporary Britain
    HIS2063Recording History 

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    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications, with a British or Irish focus, in the fields of:
    - Oral history
    - Working class community (including deindustrialisation)
    - Gender history
    - Social history of Belfast since Partition

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