NRN - Cultural changes in educational and working life; narratives across four generations of families in Wigan

  • LEWIS, C. (Organiser)
  • Julia Bennett (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, etc.


Taking a biographical approach, life history narratives across four generations of families living and working in Wigan, Lancashire show social and cultural changes in educational and working life biographies and consequent social im/mobility over the past 80 years. The biographical narratives allow a “bottom up” approach whilst also exploring the wider relations between self, society and place in a post-industrial setting.

Dr Julia Bennett (University of Chester) completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester in 2012 and then spent four years researching and teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University before taking up a temporary teaching fellowship at Durham University, until June 2018, when she joined the sociology team at Chester. She is a member of the British Sociological Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Bennett’s research centres on belonging and place, the subject of her PhD and subsequent research, and in particular around spatial, class, race and intergenerational inequalities. She studies what might be called ‘contested communities’, in particular the role of communities of place, identity and interest and their impact on everyday life.
Period16 Nov 2021
Event typeSeminar


  • Narrative
  • biographical approach
  • belonging
  • place