Reader in the Department of Sociology
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Carol Wolkowitz is a Reader in the Department of Sociology. Her research has involved a number of different areas of gender, employment and body studies. In 2006 she published Bodies at Work (Sage), exploring the relation between embodiment and the labour process, including public and private sector employment in ‘body work’ services. It also includes an analysis of photographs of bodies at work, an interest continued more recently in a special edition of Sociological Research Online. Carol is the director of the university network on Connecting Research on Employment and Work. It's first event is on 19 November 2015, a lecture on Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, followed by a wine reception. For further information see Srnicek Williams lecture
Bodies at Work was followed by two edited collections of articles on body work. Body Work in Health and Social Care (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), co-edited with Julia Twigg, Rachel Lara Cohen and Sarah Nettleton, includes the editors’ review of the kinds of insights the concept fosters, as well as empirical research by many authors using the concept in their research on health and social care. More recently, Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, Embodied and Sexualized Labour (Palgrave 2013), co-edited with Rachel Cohen, Kate Hardy and Teela Sanders, shows that focusing on body work and sex work can contribute to the revival of labour process analysis, highlighting its relevance to understanding the organization of service sector work, including care work, salon work and sex work. In 2012-13 she was Principal Investigator of an interdisciplinary. IAS-funded series of workshops entitled Bodies of Value.
Carol is also co-author of two books on homeworking and home-located work, Homeworking Women: Gender, Class and Racism at Work (1995) and Homeworking: Myths and Realities (1987). She is currently undertaking research, with Dr Frances Holliss (Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design) on the spatial dimensions of home-based enterprise development in social housing in London. Her other publications include the Glossary of Feminist Theory (2000, 1997), with Terry Lovell and Sonya Andermahr, and several articles exploring the use of personal narratives to understand women's roles in the American communities established by the Manhattan Project during the Second World War. She also has a long-standing interest in gender in Indian history and politics, stemming from her doctoral research on women politicians' careers in South India. She was also a co-editor of Of Marriage and the Market: Women's Subordination in International Perspective (1981 and 1985).
Besides supervising PhD theses on a wide range of topics, she teaches a postgraduate module on Sex, Gender and Power at Work and the visual methods component of the MA qualitative methods module. At undergraduate level she convenes Sexualities and Society and Visual Sociology