Prof Brian Heaphy

Professor of Sociology

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Research interests

Currently, my theoretical and research interests are focused on the interaction of identities, relationships and diverse ways of living in the context of social change.

I am interested in theories of social and cultural change, and in arguments about the contemporary reconfiguration of 'the social' and personal life. I critically engage with key examples of such theories and arguments in my book Late Modernity and Social Change.

I have researched the implications of social change for how we concieve 'the social' and 'personal life' through ESRC funded projects on sexualities and gender, families and intimacies, ageing and research methods. I have studied and written about living with HIV, same sex intimaces, ageing sexualities, sexuality and class, friendships, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages. I am currently developing a research project on relationship dissolution and divorce, as well as a book on readical interactionist responses to Queer theory and research.

I was a member of the Realities research methods team which was linked to the ESRC's National Centre for Research Methods, and a founding memeber as well as co-Director of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Everyday Life.

 

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