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Lisa Smyth

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Lisa Smyth

Dr Lisa Smyth

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3251

For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
or call +44(0)2890 973091.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fields of social roles, norms, emotions  and interaction. My most recent 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.

My previous book, Abortion and Nation: The Politics of Reproduction in Contemporary Ireland (Ashgate 2005), 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 sexeducation, and am currently working on 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 in the fields of social norms, social roles, gender, family life and emotion.

 

Particulars

Research featured on BBC Radio 4, Thinking Allowed: Maternal Situations: Sectarianism and Civility in a Divided City.

LSE EUROPP Blog: Ireland's latest abortion scandal shows the country still suffers from a policy vacuum over the issue

 

Other Activities:

Member of ESRC's Peer Review College

External Examiner, MA Women's Studies, University College Cork.

Teaching

Sociological Imagination (Level 1)

Social Norms, Roles and Identities (Level 3 option)

Researching Emotions and Social Life (MA option)

 

I also contribute to the following:

Understanding Society

Contemporary Society and Social Inequalities

 

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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