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Dr Emma Casey

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Emma -Casey -webMy interest in domestic life stems from an ongoing commitment to readdressing the relative lack of prominence of sociological studies of women’s everyday lives and experiences. This concern culminated in an edited collection Gender and Consumption with Lydia Martens (Keele University) which brought together feminist academics working in the field of domestic consumer economies. My doctoral research echoed this focus on gender and consumption by producing one of the first studies of domestic routines and rituals of gambling. The thesis informed my sole-authored monograph Gender, Class and the Gambling Experience, shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. More recently, I have begun to explore the social and cultural history of catalogues and their changing significance in women’s lives and the mapping of class and gender on popular narratives of home-baking. On-going research includes an ESRC grant for a project exploring gambling and households (RES-000-22-4314). The project set up a major new directive on gambling at Mass Observation Archive held at Sussex University. I have edited with Nick Hubble (Brunel University) a special section of Sociological Research Online on the theme of 'Mass Observation as Method' and also a special section of Families, Relationships and Societies with Yvette Taylor (Strathclyde) entitled 'Intimacies, Families and Practices of Consumption'. I am also co-editor of 'Everyday Life and Intimacies of Consumption' published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. I sit on the editorial board of Sociology, the flagship journal of the BSA and am on the Executive Board of the European Sociological Association Consumption Research Network. From 2018 I am External Examiner for the Sociology degree programme at Surrey University.


  • Sociology PhD July 01 2003
  • Member British Sociological Association (BSA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • From ‘Cookery in Colour’ to ‘The Great British Bake Off’, Casey, E. 1 Dec 2018, In: European Journal of Cultural Studies
  • 'Getting Your Money For Nothing’: Narratives of Self and Value in Women’s ‘At-Home’ Gambling Practices, Casey, E. Jun 2017, Gambling Disorders in Women, Taylor & Francis
  • Catalogue communities: Work and consumption in the UK catalogue industry, Casey, E. 1 Nov 2015, In: Journal of Consumer Culture
  • Gender and Consumer Culture, Casey, E. 2015, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Intimacies, Critical Consumption and Diverse Economies, Taylor, Y., Casey, E. 2015
  • Introduction: Intimacies and Everyday Practices of Consumption, Casey, E., Taylor, Y. Mar 2014, In: Families, Relationships and Societies
  • ‘Mass Gambling’ from 1947 to 2011: Controversies and Pathologies, Casey, E. 1 Sep 2014, In: Sociological Research Online
  • Special Section Introduction: Mass Observation as Method, Casey, E., Courage, F., Hubble, N. 4 Nov 2014, In: Sociological Research Online
  • Gender and Consumption: Material Culture and the Commercialisation of Everyday Life, Casey, E., Martens, L. 2007


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