Issues in the Social Sciences

New research written for scholars at all levels.

Issues in the Social Sciences supports the Department's ethos of research-led teaching and learning

NEW! CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Pornographies: Critical PositionsDEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 12 JANUARY 2015!

Issues in the Social Sciences (est. 2003) is a peer-reviewed book series published by University of Chester Press (formerly Chester Academic Press). The current Series Editor is Dr Katherine Harrison (, who re-launched the series in 2013 and set up an international editorial advisory board to oversee its work. Since the re-launch, two titles have been published: Corporeality: The Body and Society (edited by Cassandra A. Ogden and Stephen Wakeman, 2013) and Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities (edited by Paul Taylor and Paul Wagg, 2014). The primary aim of the series is to present cutting-edge research, written by academics active in their fields and working on contemporary topics, in an accessible style for scholars at all levels. Contributors to the series include researchers from the University of Chester as well an array of external experts. The theme of each title in the series ties in closely with topics taught in the Department of Social and Political Science, which gives our students and general readers the opportunity to access high-quality current scholarship that engages with on-going debates. The series also attracts a broad academic readership in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Recent titles in Issues in the Social Sciences have been reviewed in journals including Sociology of Health and Illness (Wiley).

Books can be purchased directly from University of Chester Press Shopfront (where various special offers are available) or from academic booksellers and online retailers.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest title in the series, Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities (Issues in the Social Sciences 9) (University of Chester Press, 2014), edited by Paul Taylor and Paul Wagg.


  • Introduction: Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities - Paul Taylor and Paul Wagg
  • Reconciling Work, Care and Social Justice: Informal Care, Status Inclusion and Self-Empowering Dynamics – Alessandro Pratesi
  • The Coroner’s Inquest and Visceral Reactions: Considering the Impact of Self-Inflicted Deaths on the Health and Social Care Professional – Karen Corteen, Paul Taylor and Sharon Morley
  • Soldiers of ‘Choice’? – Ross McGarry
  • Working Class Gambling Entrepreneurs – Carolyn Downs
  • ‘The Buzz was Every Bit as Good as the Prize, If Not More…’ A Former Career Criminal’s Perspective on Risk – Karen Corteen and Eric Allison
  • Transformative Learning Experiences in Adult Hard-to-Reach Learners’ Initial Engagement in Learning – Paul Wagg
  • Work, Resilience and Disability: ‘Cripping’ the Norms – Katherine Runswick-Cole and Dan Goodley
  • Complexity, Capacity and Cambodia: The Neoliberalisation of Space and Scale – Jonathon Louth

Forthcoming titles in the series:

  • Louth, J. (ed.) (2015). Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities
  • Cox, P. (ed.) (2015). Cycling Cultures
  • Harrison. K. and Ogden, C. (eds). (2016). Pornographies: Critical Positions. For the Call for Papers for this forthcoming volume, please see here.

Earlier titles published in the series:

(With University of Chester Press, 2013-)

  • Ogden, C. A. & Wakeman, S. (eds) (2013). Corporeality: The Body and Society (Issues in the Social Sciences 8). Chester: University of Chester Press. Reviewed in Sociology of Health and Illness.

(With Chester Academic Press, 2003-2010)

  • Boran, A. (ed.) (2003). Crime: Fear or Fascination? (Issues in the Social Sciences 1). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Boran, A. & Murphy, B. (eds) (2004). Gender in Flux (Issues in the Social Sciences 2). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Bendall, M. & Howman, B. (eds) (2006). Decoding Discrimination (Issues in the Social Sciences 3). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Boran, A. & Cox, P. (eds) (2007). Implications of Globalisation (Issues in the Social Sciences 4). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • D’Artrey, M. (ed.) (2008). Cont_xts? Media, Representation and Society (Issues in the Social Sciences 5). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Boran, A. (ed.) (2010). Poverty: Malaise of Development? (Issues in the Social Sciences 6) Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Ford, D. C. (ed.) (2010). Fragmenting Family (Issues in the Social Sciences 7). Chester: Chester Academic Press.

To purchase any of the above titles and for special offers, please go to University of Chester Press Shopfront. Alternatively, the books can be ordered via academic booksellers and online retailers.

Editorial Advisory Board

Since its re-launch in 2013, the series has been overseen by an editorial advisory board drawn from UK and international institutions:

Eric Allison, The Guardian, UK

Lisa Blackman, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Stephen Edgell, University of Salford, UK.

Rosalind Gill, City University, UK

Graeme Gilloch, Lancaster University, UK

Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield, UK

Jane Kilby, University of Salford, UK

Clement Macintyre, University of Adelaide, Australia

Ross McGarry, University of Liverpool, UK

Catherine McGlynn, University of Huddersfield, UK

Caroline Miles, University of Manchester, UK

Andrew Mycock, University of Huddersfield, UK

Jayne Raisborough, University of Brighton, UK

Stuart Shields, University of Manchester, UK

Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool, UK

Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University, UK

For further information about the Issues in the Social Sciences series, please contact the Series Editor, Dr Katherine Harrison ( or Sarah Griffiths at University of Chester Press (