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Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives

Conversations with David Morgan

Conference 2014 - Thursday, 15 May 2014


As part of the celebrations for 50 years of Sociology at Manchester, this event offered a chance to engage with some of the key themes and characters of the Morgan Centre.

We had semi-autobiographical reflections on the changing sociology of personal life and relationships from David Morgan and Carol Smart (in conversation with Sue Scott and Jeffrey Weeks respectively). And we looked at recent and current research at the Morgan Centre, as well as launching some exciting new books, with sessions on 'new' families and kinship, shared living and belonging and affinities.

Overview of the day

  • 'Practices of Ordinariness: Civil Partnership and Same-sex Marriage' (Brian Heaphy, Carol Smart and Anna Einarsdottir)
  • 'Relative Strangers: Family life, genes and donor conception' (Petra Nordqvist and Carol Smart)
  • David Morgan, in conversation with Sue Scott
  • 'What's yours is mine? The relational practices of shared living' (Sue Heath, Rachel Scicluna, Gemma Edwards and Katherine Davies)
  • 'The complexity of belonging' (Vanessa May)
  • 'Affinities: potent connections in everyday lives' (Jennifer Mason)
  • Carol Smart, in conversation with Jeffrey Weeks

Book launch

The event was followed by a drinks reception, with an address by Prof Dame Janet Finch to launch some exciting new books:

  • Same Sex Marriages: New Generations, New Relationships, Heaphy, B., Smart, C. and Einarsdottir, A.(2013) Palgrave Macmillan
  • Relative Strangers: Family life, genes and donor conception, Nordqvist, P. and Smart, C. (2013) Palgrave Macmillan
  • Connecting Self to Society: Belonging in a Changing World, May, V. (2013): Palgrave Macmillan
  • Social Movements and Protest, Edwards, G. (2013) Cambridge University Press
  • Women, Crime and Criminology: A Feminist Critique (Part of the Routledge Revival Series, originally published 1977)
  • The Ties That Bind: Law, Marriage and the Reproduction of Patriarchal Relations (Part of the Routledge Revival Series, originally published 1984)