Alcohol, Adolescents and Adults
My research revolves around teenage selfhood and the potentialities of definitional autonomy as viewed through twin lenses: that afforded by the New Sociology of Childhood, as well as the work of Erving Goffman. It focuses on the ambiguous status of 14-15 year olds within adult-centred society who, despite their age, are considered experts on their own lived experience. The work utilises underage drinking as a window into exploring wider issues concerning the 'deviant' teen stereotype, the nature of recalcitrance and resistance and peer culture identity battles based upon class, ethno-nationalism, gender and style. Previously, I received both my BA (Hons) in Modern History and Sociology and my MSc in Sociology from Queen's University, Belfast. I currently tutor on the second and third year core modules of the School's undergraduate Sociology degree programme.
(Forthcoming, 2010). "'You just get blocked'. Teenage drinkers: reckless rebellion or responsible reproduction?", Children and Society.
(2008). "'Cos everyone else is doing it'. Teenage drinking culture: resistance or reproduction?", paper presented at the Re-presenting Childhood and Youth Conference, University of Sheffield, 8-10th July 2008.
(2009). "Reflecting on research in schools: Decisions and dilemmas", paper presented at the 9th European Sociological Association Conference, Lisbon, 2-5th September 2009.
(Forthcoming 2010). "'I am what I am'. Youth, selfhood and definitional autonomy", paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, 7-9th April 2010.