Staff Book Shelf

The 5th of March is World Book Day and each year the Department of Sociology showcases some of the wide range of books authored and edited by staff on our website.

From personal to global topics, across many settings and situations, using many different research methods, members of the Department have explored social and political life in Ireland and far beyond. It seemed a shame to hide these books away in the databases, library stacks and corners of bookshelves where books too often are laid to rest. This project brings these books to you as the start of a voyage of discovery.  Take the journey with us and discover our contributions to sociology and politics, one book and one day at a time!

Online databases and publications lists tend to erase the history and biography of the book – why it was written, how the journey developed and what it means to the author. It might be based on someone’s PhD, it might be the culmination of a major national or international research project, or it might be trying to bring sociological theory and concepts to a wider public audience. The project may have taken years to come to fruition and mark a major passage point in the academic’s biography.

We update our virtual book shelf each March with a nominated publication by each member of staff. Each day a different book appears on our homepage throughout March. In 2017 we had five new entries! At the end of March they are all archived on the site under publications (see the left menu).

We hope that our virtual book shelf will entice you to learn more about the publications of our Department members and the diverse research, teaching and public engagement of Maynooth Department of Sociology.

Click on 'publications' to see the full archive. 

Happy browsing.