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Dr Rachel Cohen

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Contact Information

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D612, Rhind Building

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Postal Address

City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
UK

About

Background

Dr Cohen joined City University London in January 2013. She has previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Surrey and the University of Warwick and visiting lecturer at St Petersburg State University. She obtained an MA and then PhD (both in Sociology) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and between 2007and 2010 Dr Cohen was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Dr Cohen's main interests are in the sociology of work and employment; especially 'non-standard' work, including self-employment, mobile work, and homeworking and in work-life boundaries. Her PhD focused on the working lives and employment relations of hairdressers. Her current research explores similar issues in the working lives of car mechanics and accountants. Her research involves a mixed-methods approach.

Dr Cohen has co-edited a special issue of Sociology of Health and Illness on 'body work' (work which takes the bodies of others as its object), and an issue of The International Journal of Social Research Methodology on feminism and quantitative methods. Both of these form part of ongoing collaborative projects. Dr Cohen is interested in statistical literacy and is currently editor of Radical Statistics (www.radstats.org.uk). She has also written on gender and sport.

Dr Cohen is currently on the editorial boards of Work, Employment and Society and the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.

Dr Cohen is Coordinator of the City Q-Step Centre(http://www.city.ac.uk/arts-social-sciences/sociology/city-q-step-centre).

Research

Research interests

- employment relations and non-standard work (e.g. self-employment, homework and mobile work)
- work-life boundaries
- the times and spaces of work
- occupational labour process variation
- body work'/'body labour'
- worker-customer relations, including 'emotional labour'
- quantitative methods and learning in sociology
- feminist research methods
- mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) research
- gender and sport.

Areas of PhD supervision

Dr Cohen has broad sociological interests and welcome requests to supervise PhDs. Students working in the area of the sociology of work and employment or economic or Marxist sociology are particularly welcome, especially projects which involve non-standard work (e.g. self-employment, mobile work, homeworking, sub-contracting), body work/labour, emotional work/labour, work-life boundaries, the times and spaces of work or the labour process.

Research Students

Name
Rima Saini
Thesis title
Negotiating visible minority ethnic and ‘middle-class’ social identity in the UK
Name
Gabriella Caminotto
Thesis title
Doing 'women's work': Gendered discourses in UK higher education administration
Name
Nongluck Pussayapibul
Thesis title
Quality of Life Strategy for Camden’s Older Citizens
Name
Delaram Ghanimifard
Thesis title
Representations of Power Relations in Tehran Urban Spaces
Name
Liz Gilfillan
Thesis title
A statistical study of the relationship between ethnic diversity and social quality in local areas in England

Publications

  • Sanders, T., Cohen, R.L. and Hardy, K. (2013). Hairdressing/Undressing: Comparing Labour Relations in Self-Employed Body Work. Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L., Sanders, T. and Hardy, K. (Ed.), Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour (pp. 110-125) Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Cohen, R.L., Hardy, K., Sanders, T. and Wolkowitz, C. (2013). The Body/Sex/Work Nexus: A Critical Perspective on Body Work and Sex Work. Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L., Sanders, T. and Hardy, K. (Ed.), Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour (pp. 3-27) Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Cohen, R.L. (10 Jun 2008). Work relations and the multiple dimensions of the work-life boundary: Hairstyling at home. Warhurst, C., Eikhof, D.R. and Haunschild, A. (Ed.), Work less, live more? (pp. 115-135) Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 0230535607.
  • Cohen, R.L. (Jul 2014). Playing with Numbers: Using Top Trumps as an Ice-Breaker and Introduction to Quantitative Methods. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 6(2), 21-29. doi: 10.11120/elss.2014.00030
  • Hughes, C. and Cohen, R.L. (23 Jun 2010). Feminists really do count: The complexity of feminist methodologies. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(3), 189-196. doi: 10.1080/13645579.2010.482249
  • Cohen, R.L. (May 2010). When it pays to be friendly: employment relationships and emotional labour in hairstyling. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 58(2), 197-218.
  • Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. and Nettleton, S. (01 Feb 2011). Conceptualising body work in health and social care. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2), 171-188. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x
  • Cohen, R.L. (01 Feb 2011). Time, space and touch at work: Body work and labour process (re)organisation. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2), 189-205. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01306.x
  • Cohen, R.L., Hughes, C. and Lampard, R. (01 Aug 2011). The methodological impact of feminism: A troubling issue for sociology?. Sociology, 45(4), 570-586. doi: 10.1177/0038038511406599
  • Journal Article (8)

    1. Cohen, R.L. (Jul 2014). Playing with Numbers: Using Top Trumps as an Ice-Breaker and Introduction to Quantitative Methods. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 6(2), 21-29. doi: 10.11120/elss.2014.00030
    2. Cohen, R.L. (31 Aug 2013). Femininity, Childhood and the Non-Making of a Sporting Celebrity: The Beth Tweddle Case. Sociological Research Online, 18(3).

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    3. Cohen, R.L. (01 Feb 2011). Time, space and touch at work: Body work and labour process (re)organisation. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2), 189-205. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01306.x
    4. Cohen, R.L., Hughes, C. and Lampard, R. (01 Aug 2011). The methodological impact of feminism: A troubling issue for sociology?. Sociology, 45(4), 570-586. doi: 10.1177/0038038511406599
    5. Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. and Nettleton, S. (01 Feb 2011). Conceptualising body work in health and social care. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(2), 171-188. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x
    6. Cohen, R.L. (May 2010). When it pays to be friendly: employment relationships and emotional labour in hairstyling. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 58(2), 197-218.
    7. Hughes, C. and Cohen, R.L. (23 Jun 2010). Feminists really do count: The complexity of feminist methodologies. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(3), 189-196. doi: 10.1080/13645579.2010.482249
    8. Cohen, R.L. (01 Mar 2010). Rethinking 'mobile work': Boundaries of space, time and social relation in the working lives of mobile hairstylists. Work, Employment and Society, 24(1), 65-84. doi: 10.1177/0950017009353658

    Book (2)

    1. (01 Mar 2013). Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour. London: Palgrave. ISBN: 1--137-02190-X.

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    2. Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L., Sanders, T. and Hardy, K. (22 Mar 2013). Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 113702190X.

    Chapter (4)

    1. Cohen, R. (01 Feb 2016). Towards a quantitative feminist sociology: the possibilities of a methodological oxymoron. McKie, L. and Ryan, L. (Ed.), An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research (pp. 117-135) London: Routledge.
    2. Cohen, R.L., Hardy, K., Sanders, T. and Wolkowitz, C. (2013). The Body/Sex/Work Nexus: A Critical Perspective on Body Work and Sex Work. Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L., Sanders, T. and Hardy, K. (Ed.), Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour (pp. 3-27) Basingstoke: Palgrave.
    3. Sanders, T., Cohen, R.L. and Hardy, K. (2013). Hairdressing/Undressing: Comparing Labour Relations in Self-Employed Body Work. Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L., Sanders, T. and Hardy, K. (Ed.), Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualised labour (pp. 110-125) Basingstoke: Palgrave.
    4. Cohen, R.L. (10 Jun 2008). Work relations and the multiple dimensions of the work-life boundary: Hairstyling at home. Warhurst, C., Eikhof, D.R. and Haunschild, A. (Ed.), Work less, live more? (pp. 115-135) Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 0230535607.

    Education

    Undergraduate 2013/2014

    Sociology in Action, Quantitative Analysis of Research Data, Work and Workers in the 21st Century

    Postgraduate 2013/2014

    Analysing Data - Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

    Other Activities

    Editorial Activities (3)

    • Editor, Radical Statistics: http://www.radstats.org.uk/journal/
    • Editorial Board member: European Journal for Cultural and Political Sociology (2013-)
    • Editorial Board member, Work, Employment and Society (2010-)

    Press/Online Articles (3)

    • #RealBurghley isn’t about Damian Lewis or class war. It’s about our brilliant school, 28 Jan 2016, The Guardian (Online)
    • Crises in care: compassion and body work, 03 Jan 2015, Discover Society (Online) http://www.discoversociety.org/2015/01/03/crises-in-care-compassion-and-body-work/
    • UK Self-Employment Boom: Why This Labour Market Trend is Worrying, 13 Aug 2014, International Business Times (Online) http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-self-employment-boom-why-this-labour-market-trend-worrying-1461006