I am Programme Director for the BSc Sociology and Social Policy programme, and convene the second-year Sociology module 'Growing Up in Society'. I supervise postgraduate research students, and teach on the MSc Sociology: Global Inequalities and Comparative Social Policy. My research focuses on the sociology of generations, including the study of education and parenting culture.
Research and knowledge exchange
- 2019-2020. 'Generations: What's in the concept and how should it be used?' Lead applicant for successful Wellcome Trust grant to consolidate an interdisciplinary network of scholars and Third Sector organisations.
- 2016 – 2019. ‘Generational Encounters in Higher Education': Lead applicant for successful BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant.
- 2018. ‘Generations, socialisation, and adult identity': funding awarded by the British Sociological Association to organise an Early Career Researcher workshop,
- 2017. ‘Policing Pregnancy: Who should be a mother?’ Funding awarded by CCCU Research Environment Fund to support organisation of large interdisciplinary conference, organised in collaboration with the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, and Birthrights.
Teaching and subject expertise
- Associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
- Member of the British Sociological Association
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- ‘Intergenerational inequality: how real is it, and how important?’ Panellist for debate at the Challenges of Government Conference 2019, ‘The New Generations’, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, 1 November 2019. Watch the session here.
- ‘Paying it forward, and handing it back: Understanding equity between generations.’ Panellist for Intergenerational Centre event, Resolution Foundation, London, 14 October 2019.
- ‘Intergenerational fairness – Why solidarity beats conflict every time.’ Panellist for First Actual fringe event at the TUC Congress, Brighton, 10 September 2019.
- ‘Post-Brexit Boomer blaming and the construction of generational conflict in Britain.’ Paper presented to the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), New York, 11 August 2019.
- ‘Knowledge, scholarship, and the “schoolification” of the University.’ Presentation to the Fifth Cambridge Symposium on Knowledge in Education, Jesus College, Cambridge, 2 July 2019.
- ‘Baby Boomers and the Pensions Crisis: Doomography and Gerontophobia.’ Presentation to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Pensions Conference, 19 June 2019.
- ‘Did the Baby Boomers steal my future?’ Panellist for debate at the Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, 12 October 2018.
- 'Is it time to resist calls for more mental health interventions in education?' Paper presented at the ResearchEd conference, Stratford, London, 9 September 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.
- ‘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.
Publications and research outputs
- Bristow, J. (2020) ‘“Helicopter Parents”, Higher Education, and Ambivalent Adulthood’, Revue des Politiques Sociales et Familiales, May.
- Bristow, J. (2020) ‘Post-Brexit Boomer blaming: The contradictions of generational grievance.’ The Sociological Review, Special Section: Exploring the Legacy of the Baby Boomers: Myths and Realities of Intergenerational Relations in the Twenty-first Century. Published online 23 January 2020; https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026119899882
- Bristow, J., Cant, S. and Chatterjee, A. (2020) Generational Encounters with Higher Education: The Academic–Student Relationship and the University Experience. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
- Bristow, J. (2019) Stop Mugging Grandma: The ‘generation wars’ and why Boomer blaming won’t solve anything. London: Yale University Press.
- 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.