Richard-Jenkins.jpgEmeritus Professor Richard Jenkins

Emeritus Professor of Sociology

(FAcSS, BA, PhD)


Born in 1952 in Liverpool, Richard Jenkins was brought up in Northern Ireland. He moved to the Chair in Sociology at the University of Sheffield in 1995, coming from south Wales, where he had lived and worked for twelve years. Trained as a social anthropologist at the Queen's University of Belfast and the University of Cambridge, he worked for three years at the SSRC Research Unit on Ethnic Relations, at the University of Aston in Birmingham, before moving to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University College of Swansea in 1983. Elected in 2004 as an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, he retired in September 2014.

During his career he has done field research in Belfast, the West Midlands, south Wales, Denmark, and south-west England, investigating the transition to adulthood, ethnicity and racism, nationalism, informal economic activity, the social lives of people with learning difficulties, and modern supernatural and witchcraft beliefs.

Major publications

Publications since 2005

Hightown Rules: Growing up in a Belfast housing estate, Leicester: National Youth Bureau, 1982; photographs by Ivan Cross.

Lads, Citizens and Ordinary Kids: Working-class Youth Life-Styles in Belfast, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983.

Racism and recruitment: managers, organisations and equal opportunity in the labour market. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

(with Susan Hutson) Taking the Strain: Families, Unemployment and the Transition to Adulthood, Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1989.

(with Philip Harding) The Myth of the Hidden Economy: Towards a New Understanding of Informal Economic Activity, Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1989.

Pierre Bourdieu, London: Routledge, 1992; 2nd edition, 2002.

Social Identity, London: Routledge, 1996; 2nd edition, 2004; 3rd edition, 2008; 4th edition, 2014.

Rethinking Ethnicity: Arguments and Explorations, London: Sage, 1997, 2nd edition, 2008.

The Archaeologist, London: Citron Press, 1998 (a novel).

Foundations of Sociology: Towards a Better Understanding of the Human World, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Being Danish: Paradoxes of Identity in Everyday Life, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2011; 2nd edition, 2012; 3rd edition (revised translation): At Være Dansk: Identitet i hverdagslivet, 2014.

Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, Cork: Cork University Press, 2014.

A full list of publications can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right of this page.