Prof Bridget Byrne

Professor of Sociology

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Bridget studied at Cambridge and Sussex universities and came to Manchester after working at the LSE and Goldsmiths in London.

Bridget has published three books which follow the evolution of her research interests. Her first book White lives: the interplay of 'race', class and gender in everyday life (Routledge) was joint winner of the BSA Philip Abrams Award 2006. In 2014 she published Making Citizens: public rituals and private journeys to citizenship (Palgrave). In 2019 she published All in the Mix: Race, Class and School Choice with Carla De Tona (MUP). 

Bridget has held a Leverhulme Fellowship on 'Citizenship ceremonies: narrations of nation?' 2010/2011 and an ESRC small grant on 'School choice and local place' (2009/10). She also had a British Academy Small Grant 'Citizenship ceremonies: an international comparison' (2010/2011).

Bridget is director of the ESRC Centre - CoDE (Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity and Inequality) and is currently researching the role of institutions in creating and mitigating ethnic inequalities in the cultural industries. Bridget is a co-Editor of the journal Sociology.

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  • HM Sociology - Race, Gender, Class, National Identity, Qualitative methods


  • Ethnicity, Nation, Citizenship, Whiteness, Globalisation, Identity, Qualitative Research Methods, school choice, race and education

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