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About Lisa Smyth

My research interests lie in the fields of social roles, norms and interactions. 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 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 of a gendered politics of national identity as it has played out in the context of abortion access.
I have also published papers on the social politics of breastfeeding, abortion and sex education, 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 normative conflict, role inhabitance and creative action.


Present Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Queen's University Belfast, Queen's University Belfast


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School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work,
Queen's University Belfast,
6 College Park,
BT7 1NN.
Tel. 028 9027 3251
Fax 028 9027 3943

Books (2)

Articles (7)

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