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Dr Will AtkinsonBA(NottTrent), MSc (Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

Reader in Sociology

Will Atkinson

Dr Will AtkinsonBA(NottTrent), MSc (Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

Reader in Sociology

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Research interests

I have broad interests in class inequalities and differences, whether in education, work, culture, politics or self-perception, as part of a larger general concern with systems of power and domination and how they interplay to shape who we are. I work closely with the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu in this regard, though with a phenomenological twist.

I'm the author/editor of Class, Individualization and Late Modernity: In Search of the Reflexive Worker (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Class Inequality in Austerity Britain (with Steven Roberts and Mike Savage, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Class (Polity, 2015), Beyond Bourdieu: From Genetic Structuralism to Relational Phenomenology (Polity, 2016) and Class in the New Millennium: The Structure, Homologies and Experience of the British Social Space (Routledge, 2017).

I'm currently working on several projects. The first, funded by the European Research Council, is a comparative analysis of class structures, or 'social spaces', across capitalist nations, with a particular focus on the US, Germany and Sweden. In many ways a logical extension of my work on the UK, the aim is to document convergences and divergences in the shape, effects and experience of class in the different countries. 

I'm also in the process of writing a kind of 'guide book' for Bourdieusian sociology, and am in the early stages of composing a sociological biography of Vincent van Gogh.

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Postal address:
11 Priory Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom