Professor Sasha Roseneil
Professor of Sociology and Social Theory
Director, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
- Sasha Roseneil is a sociologist and a group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis, and a full clinical member of the College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis of the UKCP. She has worked as an individual and group psychotherapist in the NHS for a number of years and has a part-time independent practice.
- Prior to coming to Birkbeck, she was Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Leeds (2000-2007), where she was also the founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (1997-2004).
- She was Professor II in the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo from 200-15, and from 2007-2011 was Deputy Scientific Director of FEMCIT – an EU Framework 6 integrated project on 'gendered citizenship in multicultural europe: the impact of contemporary women's movements
- She is currently the first Chair of the Association for Psychosocial Studies http://www.psychosocial-studies-association.org/
- For more information see http://sasharoseneil.com/
Research and teaching
- Relations and practices of gender, sexuality, intimacy and friendship
- Subjectivity, self, relationality and personal life
- Social theory - particularly feminist, queer, psychoanalytic and sociological theory
- Politics, collective action, social movements, public cultures
- Citizenship, social politics, care and welfare
- Methodologies and research practice - particularly comparative and cross-national research; biographical-narrative research; psychoanalytically informed psychosocial research; ethnography; feminist and queer approaches; combining qualitative and quantitative methods.
Funded research projects
- Sociability, Sexuality, Self: a multi-sited longitudinal psychosocial study (2001-2016) (Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2016-17)
- Living Apart Together: a multi-method analysis (ESRC funded, 2011-2013)
- Being Together: remaking public intimacies (Norwegian Research Council, with the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo) (2008-2013)
- FEMCIT - Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women's movements, an EU FP6 Integrated Project (2007-2011)
- The Common Ground Research Group
- CAVA: ESRC Research Group for the Study of Care, Values and the Future of Welfare (1999-2005). Sasha Roseneil was one of the grant-holders of CAVA within which she lead three projects. Care, Friendship and Non-Conventional Partnership; Collective Voices on Care, Diversity and Family Life; Care, Friendship and Non-Conventional Partnership Revisited
- Sasha Roseneil welcomes applications from PhD students and visiting research students who wish to carry out research on any of the following topics: analysis of changing relations of gender, sexuality, intimacy and sociability; social theory - particularly feminist, queer, psychoanalytic and psycho-social theory; the study of collective action, social movements, cultural politics and public cultures.
- She has supervised and examined over 45 PhD students working on a range of topics.
- Observation and the Everyday (BA Psychosocial Studies)
- Contributions to modules on MA Psychosocial Studies and MA Gender and Sexuality
- Birkbeck Graduate Seminar in Social Research (PhD)
- Master Class in Psychosocial Research Methods (MA Social Research)
- Psychosocial Methodologies (PhD, with the Institute of Education)
- The Tenacity of the Couple Norm (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming.
- Reproducing Citizens: family, state and civil society (ed. with Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova) London: Routledge 2015.
- Beyond Citizenship: feminism and the transformation of belonging, (edited) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
- Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women's movements, gender and diversity, Basingstoke, Palgrave (edited with Beatrice Halsaa and Sevil Sumer) 2012.
- Social Research after the Cultural Turn, Basingstoke, Palgrave (edited with Stephen Frosh) 2012.
- Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, Palgrave (edited with Pierre Hamel, Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Jan Nederveen Pieterse), 2001.
- Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminisms of Greenham, London, Cassell/ Continuum, 2000.
- Practising Identities: Power and Resistance, Basingstoke, Macmillan, (edited with Julie Seymour), 1999.
- Consuming Cultures: Power and Resistance, Basingstoke, Macmillan (edited with Jeff Hearn), 1999
- Disarming Patriarchy: Feminism and Political Action at Greenham, Buckingham, Open University Press, 1995.
- Stirring It: Challenges for Feminism London, Taylor and Francis (edited with Gabriele Griffin, Marianne Hester, Shirin Rai), 1994.
Special issues of journals
- Rethinking Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship, Citizenship Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, November 2001, pp.101
- Gendering Ethics, The Ethics of Gender, Feminist Theory Vol. 2, No. 2, August 2001, 109pp (with Linda Hogan).
- Ethical Relationality: Agency, Autonomy, Care, Feminist Theory, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2003, 115pp (with Linda Hogan).
- Beyond the Conventional Family: Intimacy, Care and Community in the 21st Century, Current Sociology, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2004, pp.180 (with Shelley Budgeon
- New Contexts for Collective Action: The Politics of Parenting, Partnering and Participation Social Politics, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2004, pp.184 (with Fiona Williams).
- Researching Women’s Movements, Women’s Studies International Forum 2012 (with Margaretta Jolly).
- Citizenship and Reproduction/ Reproducing Citizens, Citizenship Studies , Vol.17, No. 8, December 2013 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos, Mariya Stoilova)
- 'Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em': Backlash and the Gender Politics of the Underclass Debate', The Journal of Gender Studies, Vol 3, No 3, November, pp. 315-329, 1994 (with Kirk Mann).
- ‘The Coming of Age of Feminist Sociology: Some Issues of Theory and Practice for the Next Twenty Years', British Journal of Sociology Vol 26, No 2, June, 1995, pp.191-203.
- ‘Postmodern Feminist Politics: The Art of the (Im)Possible?', European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 6, 1999:161-182.
- ‘Postmoderneja seksuaalisuuden muutoksia: Queer viitekehyksena ja vaikutteena’, Naistutkimus: kvinnoforskning, Vol.2, 2000:28-43. (‘Postmodern Transformations of Sexuality: Queer Frameworks and Queer Tendencies’, Finnish Journal of Women’s Studies.
- ‘Queer Frameworks and Queer Tendencies: Towards an Understanding of Postmodern Transformations of Sexuality’,Sociological Research Online, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2000:1-19. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/5/3/roseneil.html
- ‘Speaking of Sexuality and Subcultures: A Conversation between Judith Halberstam and Sasha Roseneil’,International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vo1. 3, No. 3, 2001:423–434.
- ‘Queer Frameworks and Queer Tendencies: Towards an Understanding of Postmodern Transformations of Sexuality’, Kvinder, Køn & Forskning Danish Journal of Gender Studies, 1, 2003, 18-34. (revised version of Sociological Research Online article above).
- ‘Cultures of Intimacy and Care Beyond the Family: Personal Life and Social Change in the Early Twenty-First Century’, Current Sociology, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2004:135-159 (with Shelley Budgeon)
- 'Editorial Introduction: Beyond the Conventional Family', Current Sociology, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2004: 127-134 (with Shelley Budgeon).
- 'Public Values of Parenting and Partnering: Voluntary Organizations and Welfare Politics in New Labour’s Britain', Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2004:181-216 (with Fiona Williams)
- ‘Valeurs publiques en matiere de parentalite et de couple’, Cahiers Marxistes, No. 228, Aout - Sept. 2004: 77-98 (translation of Social Politics article) (with Fiona Williams).
- “Why We Should Care About Friends: An Argument for Queering the Care Imaginary in Social Policy”, Social Policy and Society, 3:4, 2004:409-419.
- ‘Kulturen von Intimitat under Fursorge jenseits der Familie – personliches Leben und gesellshaftlicher Wandel zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts’, Feministische Studien, 2, 2005:259-276 (translation of Current Sociology article) (with Shelley Budgeon).
- ‘The Ambivalences of Angel’s “Arrangement”: a psycho-social lens on the contemporary condition of personal life’, The Sociological Review, 54:4, 2006:846-868.
- ‘On Not Living with a Partner: Unpicking Coupledom and Cohabitation’, Sociological Research Online, 11, 3, 2006:1-21.http://www.socresonline.org.uk/11/3/roseneil.html
- “Viver e amar para la da heteronorma: uma analise queer das relacoes pessoias no seculo XXI”, Revista Critica de Ciências Sociais, 76: Dezembro 2006:33-51 (translation of Current Sociology article) or, in English:http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2007-05-29-roseneil-en.html
- ‘Queer Individualization: the transformation of personal life in the early 21st century’,NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Vol. 15, Issue 2 and 3, August 2007: 84-99.
- ‘Neue Freundschaftspraktiken: Fursorge und Sorge um sich im Zeitalter der Individualisierung’, Mittelweg 36, Juni/ Juli 2008: 55-69.
- ‘Haunting in an age of individualization: subjectivity, relationality and the traces of the lives of others’, European Societies, 2009, Vol.11, No.3:411-430.
- ‘Situating the Greenham Archaeology: an autoethnography of a feminist project’, Public Archaeology, 2009, Vol. 8, No.2-3: 225-245 (with Yvonne Marshall and Kayt Armstrong).
- ‘Intimate Citizenship: a pragmatic, yet radical, proposal for a politics of personal life’, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2010, 7, 77-82.
- ‘Criticality, Not Paranoia: a generative register for feminist social research’, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 2011, 19:2. 124-131.
- ‘L'accent sur l'amitié: la place de l'amitié dans le féminisme et dans les recherches féministes’, Nouvelles Questions Feministes, Vol. 30, No. 2. September 2011:56-75.
- ‘Researching Women’s Movements: an introduction to FEMCIT and Sisterhood and After’ Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 2012: 125-128 (with Margaretta Jolly)
- ‘Using Biographical Narrative Methods and Life Story Methods to Research Women’s Movements: FEMCIT’, Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 2012: 129-131.
- ‘Legal Rights for People who Live Apart Together?’ Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 34, 4: 2012: 443-458 (with Simon Duncan, Julia Carter, Miranda Phillips and Mariya Stoilova).
- ‘Beyond “the relationship between the individual and society”: broadening and deepening relational thinking in group analysis’,Group Analysis: 46:2: 2013: 196-210.
- ‘Changing Landscapes of Heteronormativity: the regulation and normalisation of same-sex sexuality in Europe’ Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society 20, 2: 2013: 165-199 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova).
- ‘Close Encounters: researching intimate lives in Europe’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology 16(6): 2013: 525-533 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova)
- ‘Why Do People Live Apart Together?’ Families, Relationships and Society, 2, 3: 2013: 323-338 (with Simon Duncan, Miranda Phillips, Julia Carter and Mariya Stoilova)
- ‘Citizenship and Reproduction/ Reproducing Citizenship’, Citizenship Studies, 17, 8: 2013: 873-883 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova)
- 'Living Apart Together: uncoupling intimacy and co-residence’, The Sociology Teacher, 3, 1, Winter 2013: 4-11 (with Simon Duncan, Miranda Phillips, Julia Carter and Mariya Stoilova).
- ‘On Meeting Linda: an intimate encounter with (not-)belonging in the current conjuncture’, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 19, April 2014: 19-28.
- ‘Practices and Perceptions of Living Apart Together’, Family Science, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2014: 1-10 (with Simon Duncan, Miranda Phillips, Julia Carter and Mariya Stoilova).
- ‘Entanglements of Economic and Intimate Citizenship: individualization and gender (in)equality in a changing Europe’, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Winter 2014(4): 529-561 (with Nicky Le Feuvre
- 'Gendered Citizenship in Multidimensional Perspectve: the challenges for Norway within the Nordic model’, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Vol. 22, No.4: 283-298, 2014 (with Sevil Sumer and Beatrice Halsaa).
- 'The Psychosocial Challenges of Establishing the Field of Psychosocial Studies' Journal of Psychosocial Studies 8, 1, 2014:105-136.
- ‘Heimsuchung im Zeitalter der Individualisierung: Subjektivität, Relationalität und die Spuren des Lebens der Anderen’, Freie Assoziation: Zeitschrift fur Unbewusste in Organisation and Kultur, 17, 3, 2014.
- 'Living Apart Together in Contemporary Europe: accounts of togetherness and apartness', Sociology, Vol.48, No.6: 1075-1091, 2015 (with Mariya Stoilova, Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund and Ana Cristina Santos).
- 'Relational Persons and Relational Processes: developing the notion of relationality for the sociology of personal life', Sociology, published online first 6 February 2015: 1-17 (with Kaisa Ketokivi).
- ‘Greenham Revisited: Researching Myself and My Sisters'in D. Hobbs and T. May (eds) Interpreting the Field, pp. 177-208, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1993.
- Gabriele Griffin, Marianne Hester, Shirin Rai and Sasha Roseneil, ‘Stirring It: Challenges for Feminism', in Stirring It: Challenges for Feminism, pp. 1-9, London, Taylor and Francis, 1994.
- ‘Disrupting Sexual and Gender Identities', in Stirring It: Challenges for Feminism, pp. 71-73, London, Taylor and Francis, 1994.
- ‘Gender', in M. Haralambos (ed) Developments in Sociology, pp.87-103, Ormskirk, Causeway Press, 1994.
- Sasha Roseneil and Kirk Mann, ‘Backlash, Moral Panics and the Lone Mother', in E. Silva (ed) Good Enough Mothering? Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood, pp. 191-210, London, Routledge, 1996.
- ‘Transformations and Transgressions: Experience, Consciousness and Identity at Greenham', in N. Charles and F. Hughes-Freeland (eds) Practising Feminism: Identity, Difference and Power, pp. 86-108, London, Routledge, 1996.
- ‘Retrospective Auto-Ethnography’, in M. Kirby et al Sociology in Perspective, pp.24-31, Oxford, Heinemann, 1997 (reprinted from Disarming Patriarchy).
- 'The Global Common: The Global, Local and Personal Dynamics of the Women's Peace Movement', in A. Scott (ed) The Limits of Globalization: Cases and Arguments, pp. 55-75, London, Routledge, 1997.
- ‘The Poor Choices of Lone Mothers? Gender, Agency and the Underclass Debate', C. Wright and G. Jagger (eds) Changing Family Values Routledge, 1999, pp. 98-118 (with Kirk Mann).
- ‘Consuming Cultures: Power and Resistance', in Sasha Roseneil and Jeff Hearn (eds), Consuming Cultures: Power and Resistance, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999, 1 – 13 (with Jeff Hearn).
- ‘Practising Identities: Power and Resistance', in Sasha Roseneil and Julie Seymour (eds), Practising Identities: Power and Resistance, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999, 1 – 10 (with Julie Seymour).
- ‘Life Documents’, in M.Kirby et al Sociology in Perspective, Oxford, Heinemann (second edition), 2000 (reprinted fromDisarming atriarchy.
- ‘Local and Global Political Protest’, in N. Abercrombie and A. Warde (eds) The Contemporary British Society Reader, Cambridge, Polity, 2001, pp.45-52.
- ‘Postmodern Feminist Politics’ in M. Evans (ed) Feminism: Critical Concepts, London, Routledge, 2000 (reprinted from EJWS).
- ‘The Global, the Local and the Personal: the dynamics of a social movement in postmodernity’, in P. Hamel, H. Lustiger-Thaler, J. Nederveen Pieterse and S.Roseneil (eds) Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001, 89-110.
- ‘The Shifting Global Frames of Collective Action’ in P. Hamel, H. Lustiger-Thaler, J. Nederveen Pieterse and S.Roseneil (eds)Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001, pp.1-20 (with P.Hamel, H. Lustiger-Thaler, J. Nederveen Pieterse)
- 'A Moment of Moral Remaking: The Death of Diana, Princess of Wales’, in F. Webster (ed), Culture and Politics in the Information Age: A New Politics? London, Routledge, 2001, pp.96-114.
- ‘The Heterosexual/ Homosexual Binary: Past, Present and Future’, in D. Richardson and S. Seidman (eds) The Lesbian and Gay Studies Handbook, London: Sage, 2002, pp. 27-44.
- 'Time and Tide: memories and metaphors - moments and movement', in B. Halsass, H. Romer Christensen and A. Saarinen (eds)Crossing Borders: The Re-mapping of women's movements at the turn of the 21st century University Press of of Southern Denmark, 2004, 346-353.
- ‘Living and Loving beyond the Boundaries of the Heteronorm: personal relationships in the 21 st Century’, L. Mackie, S. Cunningham-Burley and J. McKendrick (eds) Families in Society: Boundaries and Relationships, Policy Press, 2005: 241-258.
- Foregrounding Friendship: feminist pasts, feminist futures’, in M. Evans and J. Lorber (eds) , London: Sage, 2006: 324-343.
- ‘Pour une sociologie plus queer : enquêter sur la vie personnelle au xxie siècle’, in T. Angeloff, M. Lallement, J. Laufer, E. Lepindard, P. Molinier (eds) Epistemologies du Genre:regards d’hier, points de vue d’aujourd’hui, GDRE, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2006: 111-121.
- 'Sutured Selves, Queer Connections: rethinking intimacy and individualization’ in C. Howard Individualization: a political sociology of contemporary personhood Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007: 117-134.
- ‘Why We Should Care about Friends: an argument for queering the care imaginary in social policy”, in B. Hale, D. Pearl, E.Cooke and D. Monk (eds) The Family, Law and Society: Cases and Materials (6e) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (reprinted from Social Policy and Society, 2005).
- ‘Cultures of Intimacy and Care beyond “the Family”: personal life and social change in the early 21st century’, in A. Diduck (ed)Marriage and Cohabitation Ashgate, 2008 (with Shelley Budgeon) (reprinted from Current Sociology, 2004)
- The Coming of Age of Feminist Sociology: some issues of theory and practice for the next twenty years’, in S. Delamont and P. Atkinson (eds) Gender and Research London: Sage, 2008 (reprinted from British Journal of Sociology, 1995).
- ‘Vivere ed amare oltre i confini della normatività eterosessuale. Le relazioni personali nel XXI secolo’, in L. Trappolin (ed) Per una sociologia dell'omosessualità Rome: Carocci, 2008.
- ‘Intimate Counter-Normativities: a queer analysis of personal life in the early 21st century’, in M. O’Rourke and N. Giffney (eds)The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory Ashgate, 2009:397-412.
- ‘A transformação da cidadania íntima em Portugal: contributos dos movimentos pela igualdade de género e sexual’, in Maria José Magalhães, Manuela Tavares, Manuela Góis, Salomé Coelho, Elisa Seixas (org.), Quem tem medo dos Feminismos?. Lisboa: Nova Delphi: 364-372.(with Ana Cristina Santos).
- `Heteronormativity, Intimate Citizenship and the Regulation of Same-Sex Sexualities in Bulgaria’ in R. Kulpa and J. Mizielinska (eds) Decentring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspectives, 2011, Ashgate: 167-190 (with Mariya Stoilova)
- ‘Intimate Citizenship and Gendered Well-Being: the claims and interventions of women’s movements in Europe’ in A. Woodward et al (ed) Transforming Gendered Well-Being in Europe: the impact of social movements Ashgate, 2011: 187-205 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Cristina Santos, Mariya Stoilova).
- ‘Doing Feminist Social Research after the Cultural Turn: an argument for criticality and phronesis’, in Sasha Roseneil and Stephen Frosh (eds), 2012 Social Research after the Cultural Turn Palgrave: 16-35.
- ‘Social Research after the Cultural Turn: a (self-)critical introduction’, in Sasha Roseneil and Stephen Frosh (eds) Social Research after the Cultural Turn Palgrave (with Stephen Frosh):1-15.
- ‘Remaking Intimate Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: experiences outside the conventional family’ in Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity (ed. Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sumer), Palgrave, 2012 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova): 41-69.
- 'Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity’, in Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity (ed. Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sumer), Palgrave, 2012 (with B. Halsaa and S. Sumer): 1-20.
- ‘The Vicissitudes of Post-Colonial Citizenship and Belonging’ in Beyond Citizenship? Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging (ed Sasha Roseneil) Palgrave Macmillan, 2013:231-265.
- ‘Beyond Citizenship? Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging – Introduction’ in Beyond Citizenship? Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging (ed Sasha Roseneil) Palgrave Macmillan, 2013: 1-20.
- ‘Situating the Greenham Archaeology: An Autoethnography of a Feminist Project’, in Autoethnography (ed. Pat Sikes), Sage (with Yvonne Marshall and Kayt Armstrong) – reprint of journal article, 2013.
- ‘Architectures of resistance and transformation: re-encountering the queer spaces and relationality of Greenham Common’, inPotential Architecture: Lucy+Jorge Orta, Bologna: Damiani, 2013:117-130.
- ‘Hjemsokle I individualiseringens tidsalder’, in A vaere sammen: intimitetens nye kultwelle vilkar (eds. J. Lorentzen and W. Muhleisen) Oslo: Akademika Forlag, 2013: 81-102.
- ‘Pushing at the Boundaries of the Discipline: politics, personal life and the psychosocial’, Sociologists’ Tales (eds. Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, Andrea Scott), Bristol: Policy Press, 2015.