Staff Profile


Dr Jennie Bristow

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921818

Profile summary

I am Programme Director for the BSc Sociology and Social Policy programme, and convene the second-year Sociology of Education module. My research focuses on the sociology of generations, including the study of education and parenting culture.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am currently leading a study of generational encounters in Higher Education, funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant, which explores the academic-student relationship in the context of the ‘student consumer’. 

Teaching and subject expertise

  • Associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External activities

  • 'Millennials: Youthquake or Snowflakes?' Panellist for debate at the Battle of Ideas festival, Barbican, London, 28-29 October 2017. 
  • 'Is it time to resist calls for more mental health interventions in education?' Paper presented at the ResearchEd conference, Stratford, London, 9 September 2017.
  • 'Generations, Gender, and the Intimate Politics of Reproduction.' Paper presented at the workshop 'Romantic relationships in a time of "cold intimacies"'. Canterbury Christ Church University, 17 July 2017.
  • ‘Universities and the construction of a new generation gap.’ Paper presented at the Fourth Cambridge Symposium on Knowledge in Education, Jesus College, Cambridge, 4‐6 July 2017.
  • ‘If young people ruled the world?… Maximising the voice of younger people in an ageing society.’ Panellist for debate organised by the International Longevity Centre, Chartered Insurance Institute, 22 May 2017.
  • ‘Constructing the “perfect pregnancy” today.’ Paper presented at the conference ‘Policing Pregnancy: Who should be a mother?’, Canterbury Christ Church University, 18 May 2017.
  • ‘Generational inequality: who should pay for the future?’ Panellist for debate at the Battle of Ideas festival, Barbican, London, 22‐23 October 2016. 
  • ‘Baby Boomers and the discourse of parental irresponsibility: The turn against the Sixties in the present‐day cultural script.’ Paper presented at the international conference ‘Parenting and Personhood: Cross‐cultural perspectives on expertise, family life and risk management’, University of Kent, 22‐24 June 2016.
  • ‘Generations and the Intimate Politics of Reproduction.’ Paper presented at ‘Moralities and the Intimate Life’, a workshop for postgraduate students organised by the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, University of Ghent, Belgium, 17‐18 May 2016.
  • ‘Generational determinism and detachment in British social policy.’ Paper presented at the British Sociological Association conference, Aston University, 5 April 2016.
  • ‘Generation wars: Is it time to stop the “Boomer Blaming”?’ Panellist at the Battle of Ideas festival, Barbican, London, 17 October 2015.
  • ‘The Suffragettes: Women in public.’ Paper presented at The Academy conference, St Neots, 20 July 2015.
  • ‘The Baby Boomer generation and the problem of knowledge.’ Paper presented at the British Sociological Association annual conference, University of Leeds, 24 April 2014.
  • ‘“Permissive parenting” and the problem of authority.’ Paper presented at ‘Collisions, Coalitions and Riotous Subjects: The riots one year on’, London South Bank University, 28 September 2012.

Publications and research outputs

  • Bristow, J. (2016) The Sociology of Generations: New directions and challenges. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Bristow, J. (2016) ‘The making of “Boomergeddon”: the construction of the Baby Boomer generation as a social problem in Britain.’ British Journal of Sociology 67(4): 575-591
  • Bristow, J. (2015) Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Lee, E., Bristow, J., Faircloth, C., Macvarish, J. (2014) Parenting Culture Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bristow, J. (2013) ‘Reporting the Riots: Parenting Culture and the Problem of Authority in Media Analysis of August 2011’. Sociological Research Online, 18 (4) 11.
  • Lee, E., Macvarish, J., Bristow, J. (2010) ‘Editorial: Risk, health and parenting culture.’ Health, Risk and Society 12 (4): 293-300.
  • Furedi, F. and Bristow, J. (2010) Licensed to Hug. 2nd edition. London: Civitas.
  • Lee, E. and Bristow, J. (2009) ‘Rules for Infant Feeding’, in S. Day Sclater, F. Ebtehaj, E. Jackson and M. Richards (eds) Regulating Autonomy, Sex reproduction and the family. (Oxford and Portland, Hart, pp. 73-92, 2009).
  • Bristow, J. (2009) Standing Up to Supernanny. Exeter: Imprint Academic. 


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