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Research Profile

Prof Paul Atkinson 

Selected Publications

Authored Books

Katie Featherstone and Paul Atkinson, Creating Conditions: The Making and Remaking of a Genetic Syndrome. London: Routledge, 2011.

Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont and William Housley, Contours of Culture: Ethnography for Complexity, Lanham MD: AltaMira Press, 2008. Extract reprinted in Bella Dicks (ed.) Digital Qualitative Research Methods Vol II, London: Sage.

Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography. Lanham MD: AltaMira Press, 2006.

Bella Dicks, Bruce Mason, Amanda Coffey and Paul Atkinson. Qualitative Research and Hypermedia: Ethnography for the Digital Age. London: Sage, 2005.

Katie Featherstone, Paul Atkinson, Aditya Bharadwaj and Angus Clarke, Risky Relations: Family, Kinship and the New Genetics. Oxford: Berg, 2005.

Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson, Successful Research Careers. London: Open University Press, 2004.

Paul Atkinson and William Housley, Interactionism. London: Sage, 2003

Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey and Sara Delamont, Key Themes in Qualitative Research. Walnut Creek CA: AltaMira Press, 2003.

Sara Delamont, Paul Atkinson and Odette Parry, The Doctoral Experience: Success and Failure in Graduate School. London: Falmer-Routledge, 2000.

Sara Delamont, Paul Atkinson and Odette Parry, Supervising the PhD: A Guide to Success, Buckingham: Open University Press, 1997, Second Edition Supervising the Doctorate. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill, 2004. Arabic edition Cairo: Dar Al Farouk, 2009. Chinese edition, Peking University Press, 2012.

Amanda Coffey and Paul Atkinson, Making Sense of Qualitative Data, Thousand Oaks CA: Sage, 1996; Encontrar el sentido a los datos cualitativos: estrategias comlementarias de investigacion,University of Alicante, 2005.

Sociological Readings and Re-Readings, Aldershot:  Avebury, 1996.

Medical Talk and Medical Work: The Liturgy of the Clinic, London: Sage, 1995. Extract reprinted in S. Earle and G. Letherby (eds) The Sociology of Healthcare: A Reader for Health Professionals. London: Palgrave.

Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson,  Fighting Familiarity, New York:  Hampton Press, 1995.

Anna Weaver and Paul Atkinson,  Microcomputing Strategies for Qualitative Data Analysis, Aldershot:  Avebury, 1994.

Understanding Ethnographic Texts,  Newbury Park CA and London:  Sage, 1992. Extract reprinted in Clive Seale (ed.) Social Research Methods: A Reader. London: Routledge,

The Ethnographic Imagination:  Textual Constructions of Reality, London and New York:  Routledge, 1990. Republished, Routledge 2010. Extract reprinted  in R. Emerson (ed.) Contemporary Field Research, Prospect Heights ILL: Waveland, pp. 89-101.

Language, Structure and Reproduction: An Introduction to the Sociology of Basil Bernstein, London and New York:  Methuen, 1985.

Martyn Hammersley and Paul Atkinson, Ethnography: Principles in Practice, London and New York: Tavistock, 1983. Second edition, London and New York: Routledge, 1995; Third edition, London and New York: Routledge, 2007. Norwegian edition, Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1987. Spanish edition; Polish edition 2000.

The Clinical Experience: The Construction and Reconstruction of Medical Reality, Farnborough: Gower, 1981. Second edition, Ashgate, 1997.


Edited collections

Sage Qualitative Methods (4 Vols). (ed. Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson)  London: Sage, 2010

Handbook of Genetics and Society (ed. Peter Glasner, Margaret Lock and Paul Atkinson) London: Routledge, 2009; paperback edn 2012..

Representing Ethnography  (4 Vols) (ed. Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont) London: Sage, 2008.

Gender and Research (4 Vols.) (ed. Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson) London: Sage, 2008.

New Genetics, New Formations (ed. Peter Glasner, Paul Atkinson and Helen Greenslade) London: Routledge, 2007.

New Genetics, New Identities (ed. Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner and Helen Greenslade) London: Routledge, 2007.

Narrative Methods (4 Vols.) (ed. Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson)  London: Sage, 2006. 

Handbook of Ethnography (ed. Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey, Sara Delamont, John Lofland and Lyn Lofland). London: Sage, 2001.

Discourse and Reproduction: Essays in Honor of Basil Bernstein (ed. Sara Delamont, Paul Atkinson and Brian Davies), New York: Hampton Press, 1995

Openness in Research: The Tension Between Self and Other (ed. Ilja Maso, Sara Delamont and Jef Verhoeven), Assen, The Netherlands: Van Gorcum, 1995

Occupational Socialization and Working Lives (ed. Amanda Coffey and Paul Atkinson), Aldershot: Avebury, 1994

Youth Unemployment and State Intervention (ed. Teresa Rees and Paul Atkinson), London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1982.

Medical Work: Realities and Routines (ed. Christian Heath and Paul Atkinson), Farnborough:  Gower, 1981.

Prospects for the National Health (ed. Paul Atkinson, Robert Dingwall and Anne Murcott),  London: Croom Helm, 1979.


Journal articles and book chapters


Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson, ‘Narratives and accounts: Their collection and analysis’, in J. Huisman and M. Tight (eds) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

Paul Atkinson, Maggie Gregory and Katie Featherstone, ‘Genescapes, timescapes and kinscapes’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 35, 8, 2013

Cathy Sampson and Paul Atkinson, ‘The golden star: Emotion, legacy and scientific discovery’, Sociological Review, 2013

‘The mastersingers: Language and practice in an operatic masterclass’, Ethnography and Education, 8, 3, 2013.

Neil Stephens, Paul Atkinson and Peter Glasner, ‘Institutional imaginaries of publics in stem cell banking: The case of the UK and Spain’, Science as Culture.



‘Ethnography and craft knowledge’, Qualitative Sociology Review, 9, 2, pp. 56-63.

‘Blowing hot: The ethnography of craft and the craft of ethnography’, Qualitative Inquiry, 19, 3, pp. 397-404.

‘Ethnographic writing: The avant-garde and a failure of nerve’, International Review of Qualitative Inquiry, 6, 1, pp. 19-36.

Neil Stephens, Jamie Lewis and Paul Atkinson, ‘Closing the regulatory regress: GMP accreditation in stem cell laboratories’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 35, 3, pp. 345-360.



Jamie Lewis, Katie Featherstone and Paul Atkinson, ‘Representation and practical accomplishment in the laboratory: When is an animal model good enough?’, Sociology 2013 (published online December 2012).

Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont and Richard Watermeyer ‘Expertise, authority and embodied pedagogy in operatic masterclasses’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2013 (published online 2012)

‘Accidental anthropologist, sceptical sociologist, reluctant methodologist’, in L. Athens (ed.) Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 38, Bingley: Emerald Publishing, pp. 330-50. 

‘The literary and rhetorical turn’, in S. Delamont (ed.) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education. Edward Elgar, pp. 512-520.



Paul Atkinson, Ania Seweryn and Stefania Tirini, ‘Knowing selves: Biographical research in Europe’, International Review of Qualitative Research, 4,4, pp. 461-86.

Neil Stephens, Peter Glasner and Paul Atkinson ‘Documenting the doable and doing the documented’, Social Studies of Science 41, 6, pp. 791-813.

Cathy Sampson and Paul Atkinson, ‘Accounting for discovery’, Narrative Inquiry 21, 1: pp. 88-108

Jamie Lewis and Paul Atkinson, ‘The surveillance of cellular scientists’ practice’ Biosocieties, 6, 4,  pp.  381-400.

Neil Stephens, Paul Atkinson and Peter Glasner, ‘Internationaliser de standards, mettre en banque avec confiance’, Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances, 5, pp. 260-286.

Michael Arribas-Ayllon, Katie Featherstone and Paul Atkinson, ‘The practical ethics of genetic.responsibility: Non-disclosure and the autonomy of affect’, Social Theory and Health, 9, 1, pp. 3-23



‘Making opera work: Bricolage and the management of dramaturgy’, Music and Arts in Action 3, 1.

Paul Atkinson and Amanda Coffey ‘Analysing documentary realities’, in D. Silverman (ed.) Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice, 3nd edition, London: Sage, pp. 77-92.

Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont, ‘Can the silenced speak? A dialogue’, The International Review of Qualitative Research, 3, 1, pp. 11-17.

‘Negotiating the contested terrain of illness narratives – an appreciative response’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 32, 4, pp. 661-62.

Sara Delamont, Paul Atkinson and Lesley Pugsley, ‘The concept smacks of magic: Fighting familiarity today’, Teaching and Teacher Education, 26, 1, pp. 3-10.

Maggie Gregory, Anna Middleton and Paul Atkinson, ‘Timescapes’, in Clara Gaff and Carma Bylund (eds) Family Communication about Genetics. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 87-101..



‘Illness narratives revisited: The failure of narrative reductionism’,  Sociological Research Online, 14, 5:

‘Ethics and ethnography’, 21st Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 4, 1, pp. 17-30. Reprinted in H. Torrance (ed.) Qualitative Research Methods in Education (4 Vols.), London: Sage, 2010.

Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont ‘From classification to integration: Bernstein and the sociology of medical education’, in C. Brosnan and B. Turner (eds) Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education, London: Routledge, pp. 36-50.



Neil Stephens, Peter Glasner and Paul Atkinson, ‘The UK Stem Cell Bank as performative architecture’, New Genetics and Society, 27, 2, pp. 87-98.

Neil Stephens, Peter Glasner and Paul Atkinson ‘Securing the past, validating the present, protecting the future: Regulation at the UK Stem Cell Bank’, Science as Culture, 17, pp. 43-57.



Clara L. Gaff, Angus J Clarke, Paul Atkinson, Stephanie Sivell, Glyn Elwyn, Rachel Iredale, Hazel Thornton, Joanna Dundon, Kerry Hood, Chris Shaw and Adrian Edwards, ‘Process and outcome in communication of genetic risk within families: A systematic review’ European Journal of Human Genetics, 15: 999-1011.

Paul Atkinson and Maggie Gregory ‘The Social Construction of Biomedical Knowledge’, in J. Gubrium and J. Holstein (eds) Handbook of Constructionist Research. New York: Guilford Publications pp. 593-608.

Maggie Gregory, Paul Boddington, Rebecca Dimond, Paul Atkinson, Angus Clarke and Peter Collins, ‘Communicating about Haemophilia: The Importance of Context and of Experience’, Haemophilia, 13, 2: 189-198.

Aditya Bharadwaj, Paul Atkinson, Angus Clarke and Mark Worwood ‘Medical Classification and the Experience of Genetic Haemochromatosis’, in P. Atkinson, P. Glasner and H. Greenslade (eds) New Genetics, New Identities. London: Routledge, pp..

Katie Featherstone, Maggie Gregory and Paul Atkinson ‘The Moral and Sentimental Order of the Clinic’, in P.Atkinson, P. Glasner and H. Greenslade (eds) New Genetics, New Identities. London: Routledge, pp..



‘Opera and the Embodiment of Performance’, in D. Waskul and P. Vannini (eds) Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 95-107.

Sara Delamont and Paul Atkinson ‘Basil Bernstein’, in J. Scott (ed.) Fifty Key Sociologists. London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 35-39. Portuguese translation, in 50 Grandes Sociólogos Contemporáneos , Sâo Paulo, Editora Contexto, 2009.

Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont ‘In the Roiling Smoke: Qualitative Inquiry and Contested Fields’, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 19, 6, pp. 747-55.

Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont, ‘Go and Uncover Something: Interactionism, Qualitative Research and the Study of Higher Education’, in K. de Wit, L. Dom, C. Gijselinckx, J. Peeraer and K. Stassen (eds) Onderwijs en Samenleving. Leuven: Acco, pp. 41-52.

Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont, ‘Rescuing Narrative from Qualitative Research’, Narrative Inquiry, 16 (1): 164-172, reprinted in M. Bamber (ed.) Narrative: The State of the Art. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007; reprinted in Barbara Harrison (ed.) Life Story Research (4 Vols.), London: Sage, 2008.

Joanna Latimer, Katie Featherstone, Paul Atkinson, Angus Clarke, Daniela Pilz and Alison Shaw, ‘Rebirthing the Clinic: The Interaction of Clinical Judgment and Genetic Technology in the Production of Medical Science’, Science, Technology and Human Values, 31, 5, pp. 599-630.

Aditya Bharadwaj, Lindsay Prior, Paul Atkinson, Angus Clarke and Mark Worwood, ‘The Genetic Iceberg’, in A.J. Webster (ed.) New Technologies in Health Care, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 11-24.

‘Response to Anderson’, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 35, 4, pp. 400-404.

‘Why Do Fieldwork?’ Sociologisk Forskning (Sweden), 2: 129-34.



‘Qualitative Research: Unity and Diversity’, Forum Qualitative Forschung/Forum: Qualitative Research (Germany) 6(3) Art. 26. Available at:

(with Sara Delamont) ‘Qualitative Research Traditions’, in C. Calhoun, C. Rojek and B. Turner (eds) Handbook of Sociology, London: Sage, pp. 40-60.

(with Sara Delamont) ‘Analytic Perspectives’, in N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (eds) Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3rd edition, Thousand Oaks CA: Sage, pp. 809-828.

Katie Featherstone, Joanna Latimer, Paul Atkinson Daniella Pilz and Angus Clarke ‘Dysmorphology and the Spectacle of the Clinic’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 27, 5, pp. 551-574.

‘Gothic Imaginations’ (Review Essay), Social Studies of Science 35, 4, pp. 653-664.

(with Lesley Pugsley) ‘Making Sense of Ethnography and Medical Education’, Medical Education 39, 2, pp. 228-234.



‘Performance, Culture and the Sociology of Education’, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 14, 2, pp. 149-167.

‘The Discursive Construction of Competence and Responsibility in Medical Collegial Talk’, Communication and Medicine,1, 1, pp. 13-23.

‘Performance and Rehearsal: The Ethnographer at the Opera’, in C. Seale, G. Gobo, J.F. Gubrium, and D. Silverman (eds) Qualitative Research Practice. London: Sage, pp. 94-106..

(with A. Coffey) ‘Analysing Documentary Realities’, in D. Silverman (ed.) Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice, 2nd edition, London: Sage, pp. 56-75.

(with S. Delamont) ‘Qualitative Research and the Postmodern Turn’, in M. Hardy and A. Bryman (eds) Handbook of Data Analysis, London: Sage, pp. 667-681.

‘Performing Ethnography and the Ethnography of Performance’ (Review Essay), British Journal of Sociology of Education, 25, 1, pp. 107-14. Reprinted in B. Smart, K. Peggs and J. Burridge (eds) Observation Methods (4 Vols), London: Sage, 2013.



(with K. Featherstone and A. Bharadwaj) ‘Inheritance in Society’, in David Cooper (ed.) Nature Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. London: Nature Publishing Group, Vol. 3, pp. 483-488.

(with A. Shaw, K. Featherstone and J. Latimer) ‘Surveying “Slides”: Clinical Perception and Clinical Judgment in the Construction of a Genetic Diagnosis’, New Genetics and Society, 22, 1, pp. 3-19.



(with A. Coffey) ‘Revisiting the Relationship Between Participant Observation and Interviewing’, in J.F. Gubrium and J. A. Holstein (eds) Handbook of Interview Research. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.

'Structuralism', in D.Levinson, P.W. Cookson and A.R. Sadovnik (eds) Education and Sociology: An Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge-Falmer.



(with Sara Delamont) ‘Doctoring Uncertainty: Mastering Craft Knowledge’, Social Studies of Science, 31, 1, pp. 87-108.

‘Changing Perceptions of the Politics and Ethics of Qualitative Research’, in P. Alderson (ed.) Qualitative Research: A Vital Resource for Ethical Healthcare. London: Wellcome Trust.

(with E. Parsons and K Featherstone) ‘Professional Constructions of Family and Kinship in Medical Genetics’, New Genetics and Society, 20, 1, pp. 5-24

(with S. Delamont and A. Coffey) ‘A Debate About Our Canon’, Qualitative Research, 1,1, pp. 5-22.

‘Bernstein’s Legacy for Sociology’, in S. Power et al. (eds) Tribute to Basil Bernstein, London: London Institute of Education, pp. 35-38.

(with A.Coffey and S. Delamont) ‘Mapping Ethnographic Diversity’, in P. Atkinson, A. Coffey, S. Delamont, J. Lofland and L. Lofland (eds) Handbook of Ethnography, London: Sage, pp. 1-7.



(with A. Coffey) 'Hecate's Domain: Ethnography at the Crossroads', in R. G. Burgess and C. Pole (eds) Studies in Qualitative Methodology. Greenwich CT: JAI Press.

(with A. Coffey and S. Delamont) ‘The Twilight Years? Educational Ethnography and the Five Moments Model, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 13, 3, pp. 223-238.



(with A. Coffey and S. Delamont) 'Ethnography: Post, Past and Present', Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 28, 5, pp. 460-471.

'Medical Discourse, Evidentiality and the Construction of Professional Responsibility', S. Sarangi and C. Roberts (eds) Talk, Work and Instutional Order. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.



(with C. Batchelor and E. Parsons) 'Trajectories of Collaboration and Competition in a Medical Discovery', Science, Technology and Human Values 28, 3, pp. 259-284.

(with S. Delamont and O. Parry) 'Creating a  Delicate Balance: The Doctoral Supervisor's Dilemmas', Teaching in Higher Education, 3, 2, pp. 157-172.



(with S. Delamont) 'De Fabian à Foucault, de l'arithmetique politique à l'economie politique: la sociologie de l'éducation en Grande-Bretagne', in P. Zagefka (ed.) Sociologie de l'Education en Europe Depuis 1945. Fontenay St. Cloud: ENS Editions, pp. 27-47.

(with S. Delamont and O. Parry) 'Critical Mass and Doctoral Research: Reflections on the Harris Report', Studies in Higher Education, 22, 3, pp. 319-331.

(with S. Delamont and O. Parry) 'Critical Mass and Pedagogic Continuity', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 18, 4, pp. 533-550.

(with D. Silverman) 'Kundera's Immortality: The Interview Society and the Invention of the Self', Qualitative Inquiry, 3, pp. 304-325. Also published in Czech: 'Kunderova Nesmrtelnost - interview society a vynalézáni self', Biograf 13 (1998) pp. 1-25. Reprinted in N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (eds) The American Tradition in Qualitative Research (4 Vols.), London: Sage. Reprinted in N. Fielding (ed.)  Interviews II (4 Vols.), London: Sage.

(with C. Batchelor and E. Parsons) 'The Rhetoric of Prediction, Skill and Chance in the Research to Clone a Disease Gene', in M.A. Elston (ed.) The Sociology of Medical Science and Technology, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 101-125.

(with A. Coffey) 'Analysing Documentary Reality', in D. Silverman (ed.) Qualitative Analysis: Issues of Theory and Method. London: Sage, pp. 45-62. Reprinted in A. Bryman (ed.) Ethnography (4 Vols.), London: Sage.

(with O. Parry and S. Delamont) 'The Structure of PhD Research', Sociology, 31, 1, pp. 121-129.

'Narrative Turn or Blind Alley?, Qualitative Health Research, 7, 3, pp. 325-344. Reprinted in R. Dingwall (ed.) Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 4, London: Sage, pp. 202-216.; reprinted in P. Griffiths and J. Bridge (eds) Nursing Research Methods (3 Vols), London: Sage

'Anselm Strauss, an Appreciation', Sociology of Health and Illness, 19, 3, pp. 367-372.



(with A. Coffey and B. Holbrook) 'Qualitative Data Analysis: Technologies and Representations', Sociological Research Online,  1, 1, www.socresonline. Reprinted in A. Bryman and R.G. Burgess (eds) Qualitative Research, Vol. 2, London: Sage, pp. 165-182

(with C. Batchelor and E. Parsons) 'The Career of a Medical Discovery', Qualitative Health Research, 6, 2, pp. 224-255.



(with A. Weaver) 'From coding to hypertext', in R.G. Burgess (ed)  Computing and Qualitative Research: Studies in Qualitative Methodology Vol. 5. Greenwich, CT:  JAI Press, pp. 141-168.

'Perils of paradigms',  Qualitative Health Research, 5, 1, pp. 117-124.

(with A.Coffey) 'Realism and its Discontents' in B. Adam and S. Allen (eds) Theorizing Culture, London: UCL Press, pp.

'Ethnography: Style and Substance', in I. Maso, P. Atkinson, S. Delamont and J, Verhoeven (eds) Openness in Research: The Tension Between Self and Other, Assen, The Netherlands: Van Gorcum, pp. 34-52.

'From Structuralism to Discourse:  Bernstein's Structuralism',  in A. Sadovnik (ed) Basil Bernstein: Consensus and Controversy.  Norwood NJ: Ablex, pp. 83-95



(with M. Hammersley)  'Ethnography and Participant Observation', in  N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (eds) Handbook of Qualitative Research. Newbury Park:  Sage, pp.248-261.

'Rhetoric as Skill in a Medical Setting', in M. Bloor and P. Taraborrelli (eds) Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine, Aldershot: Avebury, pp. 110-130.

(with O. Parry and S. Delamont)  'Disciplinary Identities and Doctoral Work', in R.G. Burgess (ed)  Postgraduate Education and Training in the Social Sciences: Processes and Products.  London:  Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp.34- 52 .

(with O. Parry, A. Hiken and S. Delamont) 'Suspended Between Two Stools: Doctoral Students in British Higher Education', in A. Coffey and P. Atkinson (eds) Occupational Socialization and Working Lives, Aldershot, Avebury, pp. 138-153



(with E. Parsons) 'Genetic Risk and Reproduction',  Sociological Review, 41, 4, pp.679-706.

'Ethnography or Fiction:  A False Dichotomy'. Linguistics and Education:  An International Research Journal,  5,1, pp.53-60.




(with E Parsons) 'Lay Constructions of Genetic Risk', Sociology of  Health and Illness, 14, 4, pp. 437-455.


'The Ethnography of a Medical Setting:  Reading, Writing and Rhetoric', Qualitative Health Research,  2,4, pp. 451-474. Reprinted in A. Bryman (ed.) Ethnography (4 Vols.), London: Sage



(with R.M. Davies) 'Students of Midwifery:  Doing the Obs and Other Coping Strategies, Midwifery, 7, pp. 113-121.

'Supervising the Text', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 4,2, pp. 161-174.

'Decoding Bernstein' (Review Essay), Sociological Review, 39,3, pp. 647-654.



(with S. Delamont)  'Writing about Teachers:  How British and American Ethnographic Texts Describe Teachers and Teaching'., Teaching and Teacher Education 6,2, pp. 111-25.  

(with S. Delamont)  'Procedural Display and the Authenticity of Classroom Activity', Curriculum Inquiry 20,1, pp. 63-69.

(with S. Delamont)  'Rhetoric as Interpretation'.  In H. Helle (ed) Verstehen and Pragmatism, Bern, Peter Lang Verlag, pp.265-282.

(with S. Delamont)  'Professions and Powerlessness', Sociological Review, 38,1, pp. 90-110.



'Interrupcio, reproduccio i colonitzacio pedagogica de la vida quotidiana: classificicacio i emmarcament de l'experiencia del treball i de l'educacio' ('Interruption, reproduction and the pedagogic colonization of everyday life'), Catalan version, Temps d'Educacio: Revista de la Divisio de Ciencies de l'Educacio (University of Barcelona  2, pp. 45-60. Castilian version, ibid. pp. 329-340.

'Voices from the Past' (Research note),  Sociology of Health and Illness, 11,1, pp. 78-82.

'Goffman's Poetics', Human Studies, 12, pp. 59-76. Reprinted in G.A. Fine and G.W.H. Smith (eds) Erving Goffman (4 Vols.), London: Sage.



'Ethnomethodology: A Critical Review', Annual Review of Sociology, 14, pp. 441-65.

(with S. Delamont and M. Hammersley)  'Qualitative Research Traditions: A British Response to Jacob',Review of Educational Research, 58,2, pp. 231-250.

'Discourse, Descriptions and Diagnoses: The Reproduction of Normal Medicine', in M. Lock and D. Gordon (eds) Biomedicine Observed, Boston and Dordrecht:  Reidel, pp. 179-204.

(with A. Pithouse) 'Telling the Case', in N. Coupland (ed) English Discourse Styles, London: Croom Helm, pp. 183-200. 

'The Discourse of Medicine' (Review essay)  Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 12, pp. 269-76.

(with V.W.S. Yu) 'An Investigation of the Language Difficulties Experienced by Hong Kong Secondary School Students in English-Medium Schools: The Problems',Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development,  9,3, pp. 267-84.

(with V.W.S. Yu) 'An Investigation of the Language Difficulties Experienced by Hong Kong Secondary School Students in English-Medium Schools :II Some Causal Factors', Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development,  9,4, pp. 307-22.


(with S. Delamont and J Beynon) 'In the Beginning was the Bunsen: the Foundations of Secondary School Science', International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1,4, pp. 315-28.



'Man's Best Hospital and the Mug and Muffin: An Innocent Ethnographer Meets American Medicine', in N.P. McKeganey and S. Cunningham-Burley (eds) Enter the Sociologist, Aldershot: Avebury, pp. 174-193.

'The Feminist Physique: Physical Education and the Medicalisation of Women's Education', in J.A. Mangan and R. Park (eds) From 'Fair Sex' to Feminism, London: Frank Cass, pp. 38-57.



(with H. Dickinson and M. Erben) 'The classification and control of vocational training for young people', in L. Barton and S. Walker (eds) Youth, Unemployment and Schooling, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.



'Talk and Identity: Some Convergences in Micro-Sociology' in S.N. Eisenstadt and H.J. Helle (eds) Perspectives on Sociological Theory, Volume 2: Micro-Sociological Theory  (Sage Studies in International Sociology Volume 34), Beverley Hills and London, Sage, pp. 117-132.


(with S. Delamont)  'Teacher Socialization: The Research which Lost its Way', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 6,3, pp. 307-322.


(with S. Delamont) 'Bread and Dreams or Bread and Circuses?' in M. Shipman (ed)Educational Research: Principles, Policies and Practices, Lewes, Falmer, pp. 26-45.  Reprinted in M. Hammersley (ed.) Controversies in Classroom Research, Milton Keynes:  The Open University Press, 1986.


'Strong Minds and Weak Bodies: Sports, Gymnastics and the Medicalization of Women's Education in Nineteenth Century Britain and America', British Journal of the History of Sport 2,1, pp. 62-71, and Proceedings of the Second Annual Conference of the British Society of Sports History, (ed. J. Mangan), Glasgow, Jordanhill College.



'Wards and Deeds:  Taking Knowledge and Control Seriously', in R. G. Burgess (ed.) The Research Process in Educational Settings: Ten Case Studies, Lewes:  Falmer, pp. 163-185.

(with E. Bush and M. Read) 'A Minority Choice: Welsh-Medium Education in an Anglicised Area - Parental Attitudes and Aspirations', Polyglot, 5, fiche 1, E1-F4.

(with J. Beynon) 'Pupils as Data-Gatherers: Mucking and Sussing', in S. Delamont (ed) Readings in Classroom Interaction, London: Methuen, pp. 255-72.

'Training for Certainty', Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 949-56.



'Eating Virtue' in A. Murcott (ed.) The Sociology of Food and Eating, Farnborough:  Gower, pp. 9-17.

(with D. Shone) 'Ethnography and Conversational Analysis' in M. Hammersley (ed.) Ethnography of Schooling, Driffield: Nafferton Books, pp. 155-171.

'The Reproduction of Professional Community' in R. Dingwall and P. Lewis (eds.)  The Sociology of the Professions:  Lawyers, Doctors and Others, London:  Macmillan, pp. 224-241.

(with T. Rees and D. Shone) 'Industrial Training for the Disadvantaged', in D. Gleeson (ed.), Youth Training and the Search for Work, London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. 277-290.



'Writing Ethnography' in H.J. Helle (ed.) Kultur und Institution, Berlin:  Dunker und Humblot, pp. 77-105.

(with T. Rees, D. Shone and H. Williamson) 'Social and Life Skills:  The Latest Case of Compensatory Education', in T. Rees and P. Atkinson (eds.) Youth Unemployment and State Intervention, London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. 115-127.



'Time and Cool Patients', in  P. Atkinson  and C. Heath (eds.)   Medical Work: Realities and Routines, Farnborough: Gower, pp. 41-54.

'Inspecting Classroom Talk' in C. Adelman (ed.) Uttering, Muttering, London:  Grant Macintyre, pp. 98-113.

(with T. Rees and D. Shone) 'Labouring to Learn? Industrial Training for Slow Learners', in L. Barton and S. Tomlinson (eds.) Special Education: Policy, Practices and Social Issues, London: Harper and Row, pp. 235-257. Reprinted in Educational Research and Evidence-Based Practice, London: Sage, 2007

(with E. Bush and M. Read) 'Addysg trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg newn ardal Seisnig: nodweddion ac ymagweddau'r rhieni' ('Welsh medium education in an anglicised area:  Parental characteristics and attitudes'), Education for Development, 6,3, pp. 42-50.

(with D. Shone) 'Industrial Training for Slow Learners: An Ethnographic Study',Education for Development, 6,3, pp. 25-30.

'Bernstein's Structuralism', Educational Analysis, 3,1, (Special Issue: 'The State of Schooling'), pp. 85-95.

'Ethnomethodology and Applied Linguistics', in H. Eichheim and A. Maley (eds.) Fremdsprachenunterricht im Spannungsfeld zwischen Gesellschaft, Schule and Wissenschaften, Munich:  Goethe Institut, pp. 64-89.



'The Symbolic Significance of Health Foods', in M. Turner (ed.), Nutrition and Lifestyles, London:  Applied Science Publishers, pp. 79-90.

(with S. Delamont) 'The Two Traditions in Educational Ethnography: Sociology and Anthropology Compared', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1,2, pp. 139-52. Reprinted in A. Bryman (ed.) Ethnography (4 Vols.), London :Sage.



'The Production of Medical Practitioners', in P. Atkinson, R. Dingwall and A. Murcott (eds.) Prospects for the National Health, London:  Croom Helm, pp. 73-88.



'Fitness, Feminism and Schooling', in S. Delamont and L. Duffin (eds.), The Nineteenth Century Woman: Her Cultural and Physical World. London: Croom Helm and New York: Barnes and Noble, pp. 92-133.

'From Honey to Vinegar: Levi-Strauss in Vermont', in P. Morley and R. Wallis (eds.) Culture and Curing, London: Peter Owen, and Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 168-188.



(with S. Delamont), 'Mock-Ups and Cock-Ups: The Stage-Management of Guided Discovery Instruction', in P. Woods and M. Hammersley (eds.) School Experience, London:  Croom Helm, pp. 87-108.  Reprinted in M.Hammersley and P.Woods (eds.) The Process of Schooling, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1977, pp. 133-142.  Reprinted in A. Hargreaves and P. Woods (eds.) Classrooms and Staffrooms:  The Sociology of Teachers and Teaching, Milton Keynes:  The Open University Press, 1984, pp. 36-47   

'Becoming a Hypochondriac', in G. Horobin and A. Davis (eds.)  Medical Encounters, London:  Croom Helm, pp. 17-31.

'The Reproduction of Medical Knowledge', in C. Heath, R. Dingwall, M. E. Reid and M. Stacey (eds.), Health Care and Health Knowledge, London: Croom Helm, pp. 85-106.

(with M.E. Reid and P. Sheldrake) 'Medical Mystique: Part 1: Indeterminacy and Professional Process; Part 2:  Case Studies in professional process', Sociology of Work and Occupations, 4,3, pp. 243-80. Reprinted in R. Dingwall (ed.) Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 2, London: Sage, pp. 147-68.

'Professional Segmentation and Students' Experience in a Scottish Medical School', Scottish Journal of Sociology, 2,1, pp. 71-85.



'Upstairs, downstairs: medical students in their first clinical year and their  previous experience of work in hospitals', Medical Education, 10,1, pp. 3-9.



'In Cold Blood: Bedside Teaching in a Medical School', in G. Chanan and S. Delamont (eds.), Frontiers of Classroom Research, Slough:  National Foundation for Educational Research, pp. 163-182.



'"Centre" and "Periphery": Further Analysis of Learning Environments in the Edinburgh Medical School', British Journal of Medical Education, 8,4, pp. 234-40.



'Worlds Apart: Learning Environments in Medicine and Surgery', British Journal of Medical Education, 7,4, pp. 218-24.



'Kind Hearts and Curettes', New Society, 27 July, pp. 178-80.