Emeritus Professor Maurice Roche
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
(BSc (Econ), PhD)
Maurice took his first degree and his in Sociology (supervised by Prof. Ernest Gellner) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s and 70s, and he was a Lecturer there 1970-73. Since then Maurice has been based in the Department of Sociological Studies at Sheffield University, except for a year in the Sociology Department at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada 1976-7.
In the 1970s he worked mainly in the field of the philosophy of social science, phenomenological sociology and social theory (research Theme 3). Perspectives and issues from this early work have continued to inform and to be represented in his later work, particularly in terms of the analysis of time as a fundamental dimension of interpersonal life and social organisation. Since the 1980s there have been two main themes in my subsequent and current research and scholarly work:
Maurice has contributed actively to UK and international sociology in each of these interconnected areas, including studies of policy dimensions and applications.
He has a strong record in terms of teaching and curriculum innovation, including leading the creation of a new Department of Journalism Studies in Sheffield University (1992-4), and also in university administration at all levels.
Achievements and international recognition in research:
In each of his three thematic research areas, Maurice has published a major internationally-cited and recognised single-authored book, (among many other publications, see Section 4), namely:
On the basis of this international recognition, he has presented his work at many overseas conferences and universities, and at major international disciplinary conferences, over the years, often as an invited and funded speaker. This includes conferences organised by such bodies as the American Sociology Association, the International Sociology Association, the European Commission, the World Leisure Association, the International Olympic Committee, and the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute.
International research funding and leadership:
In the field of the comparative sociology of citizenship and European society in particular:
- Maurice founded a multi-national European social research network in 1994 (the SEDEC network) and coordinated its research and publication activities through to 2001.
- Maurice created and was the Director the ESCUS research centre in Sheffield University 2003-2006. This was an experimental inter-disciplinary and internationally-oriented University research centre on European Social and Cultural Studies. The centre involved over a dozen departments and units across the university. His ESCUS work drew on his research achievements and interests both in Theme 1 and also in Theme 2.
In his teaching Maurice always attempted to include opportunities for students’ own interests and work. Generally he always attempted to encourage students to be independent and self-motivating learners as well as being empirically informed and critically analytical. Much of his teaching was research-led and drew significantly on his own studies and publications, attempting to share his enthusiasm for and experience of learning about the social world along the way.
Maurice taught a range of popular Undergraduate courses and modules during his time at the Sociological Studies Department. These were in three broad areas (re. Research Themes above):
i) The Sociology of Citizenship and European Society:
ii) The Sociology of Popular Culture:
iii) Social Theory:
Teaching innovation and curriculum development:
Maurice has a strong record of curriculum innovation, within the above areas, on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at departmental, Faculty and University levels within Sheffield University.
His main achievement was to lead the creation of a new teaching and research department, the Department of Journalism Studies, in Sheffield University when he was seconded to be Director of Journalism Development 1992-4.
During the 1980s and 1990s he also contributed to the curriculum development of UK's secondary school sector by leading the development of a new `A´ level subject for the AEB A level board. He was one of the founding group which organised the introduction of Philosophy as an `A level´ subject. Also Maurice contributed to an EC programme to introduce the study of Europe into the UK (English) secondary curriculum.
A - Postgraduate Level
B - Undergraduate Level
C - Secondary School Level
Publications since 2005
2010 Exploring the Sociology of Europe: An Analysis of the European Social Complex (Sage, London) 288 pages, ISBN 9780761940722 (published October 2009)
2009 J editor Comparative Social Inclusion Policies in Europe, European Commission (ISBN 92-894-7580-3) (160 pages) (edited with Claire Annesley, also author of Introduction, Executive Summary, Chapter 1, Ch.2 A, C, and Ch.3).
2009 ‘Mega-Events and Micro-Modernization: On the sociology of the new urban tourism’, chapter in Page, S. and Connell, J. (eds) Event Tourism, Routledge, London. (NB this is a reprint of a paper which originally appeared in the British Journal of Sociology in 1992).
2008a ‘Putting the London Olympics into perspective: The challenge of understanding mega-events’, in ‘21st Century Society’ Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, vol.3, no.3, 285-290
2008b ‘Social Citizenship: Grounds of Social Change’, pp. 94-116, in the Chinese translation of Handbook of Citizenship Studies, eds. E. Isin, and B. Turner, Zhejiang Renmin Press, Hangxhou (originally published in English in the 2002 Sage version of the Handbook).
2008c ‘Mega-Events, Time and Modernity’, chapter in Nacke, S., Unkelback, R., Werron, T. eds. Weltreignisse: Theoretische und Empirische Perspectiven, VS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften, GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Weisbaden. (This is a reprint in a German publication of my 2003 Time and Society journal article).
2007a ‘Cultural Europeanisation and the ‘Cosmopolitan Condition’: EU regulation and European sport’. In Rumford, C. ed., chapter 8, pp. 126-141, Europe and Cosmopolitanism, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool.
2007b ‘Citizenship, Popular Culture and Europe’, chapter 6 in Nick Stevenson ed. Culture and Citizenship. Publishers: - Jinlin Publishing Group, China. (This is a Chinese translation of my chapter in the Chinese publication of this book which was originally published in 2001 by Sage in the UK).
2006a ‘Nationalism, Mega-Events and International Culture’, chapter 22, pp.260-272, in G.Delanty and K.Kumar eds. Handbook of Nations and Nationalism Studies, Sage, London
2006b ‘Mega-events and Modernity revisited: - Globalisation and the case of the Olympics’, ch.2, pp.27-40, in Horne, J. and Manzenreiter, W. eds. Sports Mega-Events: Social Scientific Analyses of a Global Phenomenon, Oxford, Blackwell.
2005 ‘The Olympics and the development of ‘global society’’ (revised version of 2003 paper), pp.51-86, in the journal Imeros, vol 5, No.1, special issue ‘Athletics, Society and Identity – Proceedings of the FHW Conference 2004’, Foundation for the Hellenic World, Athens (ISSN 1108-8125)