Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Natasha Barnes

Exploring the Organisation of Emotion (a Goffmanesque study)

I am currently in the final year of my PhD in Sociology. My work is exploring how people (in the UK) express love to one another and how people understand that they are loved. It is an empirical study underpinned by an interest and exploration of 'love' in classical and contemporary social theorising. It utilises the work of Erving Goffman as a theoretical framework.



I currently teach on the level two Sociology module 'Central Problems in Sociology', which teaches students about traditions of social thought, alongside the application of social theory to understand real-world issues.


I completed my Undergraduate degree in (BA Hons) Sociology at the University of Leeds in 2009. My final year dissertation explored understandings of romantic love in contemporary UK society.

I completed a Masters (MA) in Social Research in 2010 as part of my PhD research training. My MA research project focused on women's conceptualisations of 'risk' and decision-making in relation to pre-natal screening for Down's Syndrome.

Research Interests

My research interests are varied and include: classical and contemporary social theory, the work of Erving Goffman, the sociology of emotions, understanding risk and decision-making (especially in the arena of 'personal life'), issues facing mothers/parents in contemporary society: decisions about birth choices, breastfeeding and parenting practices, for example.

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