Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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  • Room: 11.08, Social Sciences Building
  • Tel: 0113 343 4432
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Professor Sarah Irwin's Publications


  • Irwin S, Reshaping social life ([n.pub.], 2005), 1-207
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203448953

  • Irwin S, Reshaping social life (Routledge, 2005), 208p

  • Irwin S, Rights of Passage Social Change and the Transition from Youth to Adulthood (UCL Press, 1995)

Journal articles

  • Irwin S, ‘Lay Perceptions of Inequality and Social Structure’, Sociology, 52.2 (2018), 211-227
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038516661264, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/101846/

  • Irwin S, ‘Parenting teenagers as they grow up: values, practices and young people's pathways beyond school in England’, Sociological Review, 66.1 (2018), 241-256
    DOI: 10.1177/0038026117691718, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110397/

  • Irwin S, ‘Class and comparison: Subjective social location and lay experiences of constraint and mobility’, British Journal of Sociology, 66.2 (2015), 259-281
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12121, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90185/

  • Irwin S, Bornat J, Winterton M, ‘Qualitative secondary analysis in austere times: A reply to Coltart, Henwood and Shirani’, Historical Social Research, 39.3 (2014), 347-354
    DOI: 10.12759/hsr.39.2014.3.347-354, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86333/

  • Irwin S, ‘Qualitative secondary analysis in practice: introduction’, Families, Relationships and Societies, 2.2 (2013), 285-288
    DOI: 10.1332/204674313X667759, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/104156/

  • Irwin S, ‘Qualitative secondary data analysis: ethics, epistemology and context’, Progress in Development Studies, 13.4 (2013)

  • Irwin S, Elley S, ‘Parents' hopes and expectations for their children's future occupations’, Sociological Review, 61.1 (2013), 111-130
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02139.x

  • Irwin S, Bornat J, Winterton M, ‘Timescapes secondary analysis: comparison, context and working across data sets’, Qualitative Research, 12.1 (2012), 66-80

  • Winterton M, Irwin S, ‘Teenage expectations of going to university: the ebb and flow of influences from 14 to 18’, Journal of Youth Studies, 15.7 (2012)

  • Irwin S, Elley ST, ‘Concerted cultivation? Parenting Values, Education and Class Diversity’, Sociology, 45.3 (2011), 480-495
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038511399618

  • Irwin S, ‘Working across qualitative and quantitative data: childhood, youth and social inequalities’, Forum 21. European Journal on Child and Youth Research, 6 (2011), 58-63

  • Edwards R, Irwin S, ‘Introduction: Lived experience through economic downturn in Britain - perspectives across time and across the life course’, 21st Century Society. Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, ed. by Edwards R and Irwin S, 5.2 (2010), 119-124

  • Irwin S, ‘Family contexts, norms and young people's orientations: researching diversity’, Journal of Youth Studies, 12.4 (2009), 337-354
    DOI: 10.1080/13676260902807235

  • Irwin S, ‘Locating where the action is: quantitative and qualitative lenses on families, schooling and structures of social inequality’, Sociology, 43.6 (2009), 1123-1140
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038509345701

  • Irwin S, ‘Subjectivity and social structure’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28.7-8 (2008), 273-284
    DOI: 10.1108/01443330810890682

  • Irwin S, ‘Subjectivity and Social Structure’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 7/8.28 (2008), 282-284

  • Duncan S, Irwin S, ‘The social patterning of values and rationalities: mothers' choices in combining caring and employment’, Social Policy and Society, 3.4 (2004), 391-399
    DOI: 10.1017/S1474746404002076, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/1295/

  • Irwin S, ‘Interdependencies, values and the reshaping of difference: gender and generation at the birth of twentieth-century modernity’, British Journal of Sociology, 54.4 (2003), 565-584
    DOI: 10.1080/0007131032000143591

  • Bottero W, Irwin S, ‘Locating difference: class, 'race' and gender, and the shaping of social inequalities’, SOCIOL REV, 51.4 (2003), 463-483

  • Irwin S, Bottero W, ‘Market Returns? Gender and Theories of Change in Employment Relations’, British Journal of Sociology, 51.2 (2000), 261-280

  • Irwin S, ‘Reproductive Regimes: Changing Relations of Interdependence and Fertility Change’, Sociological Research Online, 5.1 (2000), pp.18

  • Irwin S, ‘Later Life, Inequality and Sociological Theory’, Ageing and Society, 19 (1999), 691-715
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/1306/

  • Irwin S, ‘Age Related Distributive Justice and Claims on Resources’, British Journal of Sociology, 47.1 (1996), 68-92

  • Irwin S, ‘Social reproduction and change in the transition from youth to adulthood’, Sociology, 29.2 (1995), 293-315
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038595029002007

  • Irwin S, Morris L, ‘Social security or economic insecurity? The concentration of unemployment (and research) within households’, Journal of Social Policy, 22.3 (1993), 349-372

  • Morris L, Irwin S, ‘Employment Histories and the Concept of the Underclass’, Sociology, 26.3 (1992), 401-420
    DOI: 10.1177/0038038592026003003

  • Morris L, Irwin S, ‘Unemployment and informal support: Dependency, exclusion, or participation?’, Work Employment & Society, 6.2 (1992), 185-207
    DOI: 10.1177/095001709262002


  • Irwin S, ‘Gender and work-family conflict: a secondary analysis of Timescapes data’, in Understanding families over time: research and policy, ed. by Holland J and Edwards, R (Palgrave, 2014)

  • Irwin S, ‘Data analysis and interpretation: emergent issues in linking qualitative and quantitative evidence’, in Handbook of emergent methods in social research, ed. by Hesse-Biber S and Leavy P (Guilford Publications, 2008), 415-436
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/104662/

  • Irwin S, ‘Changing Families’, in The Contemporary British Society Reader, ed. by Abercrombie N and Ward A (Polity Press, 2001), 137-146

  • Irwin S, ‘Repositioning disability and the life course: a social claiming perspective’, in Disability and the Life Course: global perspectives, ed. by Priestley M (C.U.P., 2001), 15-25

  • Irwin S, ‘Resourcing the Family: Gendered Claims and Obligations and Issues of Explanation’, in The New Family?, ed. by Silva EB and Smart C (London: Sage, 1999), 31-45

Internet publications

  • Irwin S, Attitudes, care and committment: pattern and process, (Sociological Research Online, 2004)

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