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Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright 

Principal Teaching Fellow, Sociology

Convenor: MA Gender and International Development

First Year Undergraduate Exam Secretary

Email: C.Wright@warwick.ac.uk

Tel: 44(0)2476 524842

Room: D0.18 (Social Sciences)

Advice and Feedback (Summer)
Weeks 2-4
Tuesday 2pm-3pm

Weeks 5-10: by arrangement (email me)

Option Talks:

Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Contemporary Society

International Perspectives on Gender

Gender, Imperialism and International Development

 

Profile

I joined the Department in 2002 after several years in the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick. My BA in Sociology and Economics is from Durham University, my PhD in Politics/Development Studies is from Leeds and I have also taught at the Universities of Manchester and Hull. My teaching and research interests are in gender studies, including gender and development and gender and reproduction, and my most recent work is on fair trade / ethical consumption. I convene the MA Gender and International Development and I am also the Undergraduate First Year Exam Secretary.

Teaching

In 2016-17 I am teaching my second-year undergraduate module Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Contemporary Society across the academic year and my first-year undergraduate module International Perspectives on Gender in the Spring term. At taught postgraduate level I am teaching the first core module for the MA in Gender and International Development Gender, Imperialism and International Development in the Autumn term.

Caroline's earlier teaching

Doctoral Supervision

I welcome applications in the following areas: gender and development; fair/ethical trade; gender and migration; gender and reproduction. If you are interested in discussing PhD supervision please e-mail me with details of your proposed topic, research questions, methodology and contribution to the literature: c.wright@warwick.ac.uk

To date I have co-supervised 12 PhDs to successful completion, with no referrals.

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Research Interests

My research originated in gender and development / gender and migration, with a PhD on gender and migration in Lesotho, Southern Africa that looked particularly at female singlehood in urban space (University of Leeds, 1994). Articles based on this research have been published in Review of Southern African Studies; Development and Change and Indian Journal of Gender Studies. My interest in household forms and their relationship to the state was then pursued in a UK context via the edited collection Changing Family Values (Routledge, 1999). Following our role as lead organisers of the Women's Studies Network (UK) conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick in July 1999, Joanna Liddle and I edited a special double issue of Women's Studies International Forum as a conference volume. This proposed an analytical framework of materialist discursive feminism, seeking to synthesis feminist approaches which synthesise materiality and those which privilege culture. My more recent work on fair/ethical trade has pursued this concern to link the material and the cultural in empirical analysis. An article in Journal of International Development (2004, 16:5) offers one of the first analyses of fair-trade advertising, drawing on debates in the sociology of consumption to ask what happens when Cafedirect coffee is marketed precisely to draw attention to the social relations underpinning its production and exchange. A joint-authored article in the new BSA journal Cultural Sociology (2007, 1:2) applies Nancy Fraser's twin conceptualisation of (in)justice, economic and cultural, to the struggle for ethical trade in Colombia's cut-flower industry. A chapter on fair-trade food, which analyses its production and consumption both in the context of globalisation and within a tradition of theorising food as both material and symbolic good, is in the collection Food and Globalization (2010, Berg, edited by Inglis and Gimlin).

In 2010 I decided to prioritise my teaching and administrative activities and changed my contract accordingly, so my research activities have lessened considerably.

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Recent Publications

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