Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


I am Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a writer and commentator on the new generation wars. My research focuses on generations, education, and parenting culture. Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict (2015) develops Mannheim’s approach to the sociology of knowledge to explore how the Baby Boomer generation is defined and discussed in policy and media discourse, and why the Boomers appear to have become scapegoats for a range of social problems in the present day. The Sociology of Generations: New directions and challenges (2016) extends this analysis to explore contemporary debates about education, parenting, social policy, and intimate life.

I am co-author (with Ellie Lee, Charlotte Faircloth and Jan Macvarish) of Parenting Culture Studies (2014); and (with Frank Furedi) of Licensed to Hug (2010, 2nd edition). I am also author of Standing Up to Supernanny (2009), a short critique of contemporary parenting culture. More detail about my writing and current research is posted at

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