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Emma Beckett


I completed my PhD in Women and Gender Studies in May 2018 within the Department of Sociology here at Warwick. My thesis, Sub-Cultural Paradoxes: Women Tattoo Artists Negotiating Gender, Labour, Capital and Resistance, uses qualitative methods (predominantly email interviewing) to explore women tattoo artist's experiences of a male-dominated, sub-cultural industry.

I consider the tattoo industry not only as a sub-cultural space but also as a place of employment and labour. Capital, hierarchies and resistance are problematised by considering them through a gendered lens, with women, femininity and femininities at the forefront of my analysis.

I am particularly interested in ideas around seriousness and legitimacy of women who are employed in, or take part in traditionally 'male' fields. Female/Feminine capital, and Gender/Gendered labour are also themes central to my PhD research and something I would like to continue and expand upon in future research.

My thesis was supervised by Dr Maria do Mar Pereira and Prof Deborah Steinberg.

Themes explored within the research include:

Body Work; Body Modification; Emotional Labour; Aesthetic Labour; Gender & Gendered Labour; Subculture and Subcultural Authorship; Subcultural Capital; Gendered Capital; Identity and Alternative Femininities; Resistance

Other Academic Interests Include:

Subculture; Poststructuralist Feminist Theory; Gender & Sexuality; TV, Film & Popular Culture; The Sociology of Art; Cyber Communities and The Sociology of Sport.


I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Women's Studies with Sociology from The University of North London in 2002. In 2005 I began a part-time MA in Women's Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford and graduated in 2007 with a distinction. My thesis, "Behind the Screens: Women, Alt-porn & Cyber-Sexuality" explored on-line identities, cyber alter egos and sexuality in women's self-managed alternative pornography.

I have worked in the voluntary sector since 2002. First in supported housing and then as a floating support worker to victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

I currently work as a training developer and facilitator for a Gloucestershire domestic abuse organisation; providing training and resources for primary health care professionals - to increase and improve early identification and intervention of domestic abuse in Gloucestershire.


I am currently module convenor for Sociology of Gender (SO116)

I have taught on Researching Society and Culture (SO120)



Emma Beckett


E dot C dot Beckett at warwick dot ac dot uk





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