Dr Will J Atkinson

BA(Nott.Trent), MSc (Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

  • BS8 1TU


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Personal profile

Research interests

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 Socieities, the first volume of which will be published in 2020 by Routledge.

I'm also in the early stages of composing a sociological biography of Vincent van Gogh.

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  • The British Social Space

    Atkinson, W. J.


    Project: Research

    Ordinary Lives: Class, Reproduction and Everyday Practice in Contemporary Britain

    Bradley, H. K., Atkinson, W. J. & Sales, A. J. B.


    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Bourdieu and After: A Guide to Relational Phenomenology

    Atkinson, W., 2020, Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

    Fields and Individuals: From Bourdieu to Lahire and Back Again

    Atkinson, W., 20 May 2020, In : European Journal of Social Theory.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    The Class Structure of Capitalist Societies, Volume I: A Space of Bounded Variety

    Atkinson, W., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

    BA Postdoctoral Fellowship - Mapping the British Social Space: Rethinking Class Analysis for the Twenty-First Century.

    Will Atkinson (Recipient)

    1 Jan 20121 Jan 2015

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Supervised Work

    Distinction in Poland. Testing elements of the Bourdieusian theory of class.

    Author: Marzec, P. M., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Surridge, P. (Supervisor) & Atkinson, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Ethics in the British Army: Between Violence and Restraint

    Author: Grove-White, B. P., 23 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Atkinson, W. (Supervisor) & Higate, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Precarious choices: On the influence of young people’s precarity on abstention from elections

    Author: Hartl, J. J., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Atkinson, W. (Supervisor) & Surridge, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)