Projects per year
I have broad interests in class inequalities and differences, whether in education, work, culture, politics or self-perception, as part of a larger general concern with systems of power and domination and how they interplay to shape who we are. I work closely with the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu in this regard, though with a phenomenological twist.
I'm the author/editor of Class, Individualization and Late Modernity: In Search of the Reflexive Worker (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Class Inequality in Austerity Britain (with Steven Roberts and Mike Savage, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Class (Polity, 2015), Beyond Bourdieu: From Genetic Structuralism to Relational Phenomenology (Polity, 2016), Class in the New Millennium: The Structure, Homologies and Experience of the British Social Space (Routledge, 2017) and Bourdieu and After: A Guide to Relational Phenomenology (Routledge, 2020).
I'm currently working on a comparative analysis of class structures, or 'social spaces', across capitalist nations, with a particular focus on the US, Germany and Sweden. The results are to be published in a three-volume work on The Class Structure of Capitalist Societies, the first volume of which was published in 2020 by Routledge.
I'm also in the early stages of composing a sociological biography of Vincent van Gogh.
1/05/16 → 30/04/21
Bradley, H. K., Atkinson, W. J. & Sales, A. J. B.
1/07/10 → 1/07/12
The Class Structure of Capitalist Societies, Volume 2: Social Space and Symbolic Domination in Three NationsAtkinson, W. J., 2022, (Accepted/In press) Routledge.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Atkinson, W., 4 May 2021, In: European Journal of Social Theory. 24, 2, p. 195-210 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile50 Downloads (Pure)
Atkinson, W. J., 20 May 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Theory, Culture & Society.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
BA Postdoctoral Fellowship - Mapping the British Social Space: Rethinking Class Analysis for the Twenty-First Century.
Will Atkinson (Recipient)1 Jan 2012 → 1 Jan 2015
Activity: Other activity types › Fellowship awarded competitively