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Sociology: People


Mary Holmes

Mary Holmes
Dr Mary Holmes
6.30 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 6513140
Research Interests
Feminism, Social movements, gender, Gender Theory, emotions, Sexuality, friendship


PhD, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

MA, University of York, England.

BA, University of Auckland. New Zealand.


Research Interests

My overall intellectual project seeks to provide an empirically informed theoretical alternative to the individualisation thesis. The aim is to provide a better understanding of the complex forms of relationality, embodiment and emotionality currently operating within globalised societies. I seek to examine how people find ways to connect and how these are informed by and produce inequity, as well as subversion and resistance. This project is furthered through attention to particular substantive areas including intimacy and relationships, gendered sexuality, political engagement, dissatisfaction and social movements, and migration and mobility at national and transnational levels. My most recent book is Sociology for Optimists (Sage, 2016) and I am co-authoring another on Internet Dating.

Recent publications include:

(2016) Sociology for Optimists. London: Sage.

(2015) ‘Men’s emotions: Heteromasculinity, emotional reflexivity, and intimate relationships' Men and Masculinities 18(2): 176-192.

(2014) Distance Relationships: Intimacy and Emotions Amongst Academics and their Partners in Dual-Locations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beasley, C., Brook, H. and Holmes, M. (2012) Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice, 2012, Series on Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality, Jeff Hearn et al (eds). London: Routledge.

Holmes, M. and Burrows, R. (2012) ‘Ping pong poms: Emotional Reflexivity in return migration from Australia to the UK’ Australian Journal of Social Issues 47(1): 105-123.

(2010) 'The emotionalization of reflexivity' Sociology 44(1): 139-154.



Topics interested in supervising

I would be happy to supervise research in any of the following areas: 1. Intimacy and Relationships, especially couple relationships, distance/commuter relationships, friendship, relationality 2. Sociology of emotions, especially emotional reflexivity 3. Gender and Sexuality, especially heterosexuality, feminist theory, gendered embodiment, gendered identities 4. Political Sociology, including social movements (especially Feminism), political dissatisfaction 5. Mobilities and transnationalism, especially transnational relationships

If you are interested in being supervised by Mary Holmes, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Sociology; MSc (R) Socio-Cultural Studies