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Dr Emma Casey

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

My 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 Prof 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. In addition to my work on gambling, my work examines the social and cultural history of a variety of everyday consumption practices, including catalogues, home-baking, shopping malls and department stores. On-going funded research includes an ESRC grant for a project exploring gambling and households (RES-000-22-4314). The project established a major new directive on gambling at Mass Observation Archive. I am co-editor with Dr Dave O'Brien (Edinburgh) of a special edition of Sociology entitled 'Sociology, Sociology and the Cultural and Creative Industries' (2020). I sit on the editorial board of Sociology, the flagship journal of the BSA. I am on the Executive Board of the European Sociological Association Consumption Research Network and co-convenor of the BSA Consumption Study Group.  I am External Examiner for the Sociology degree programme at Surrey University. At Northumbria, I am Programme Leader for the Criminology & Sociology and Sociology Undergraduate degrees.

Emma Casey


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Gambling, Status Anxiety and Inter-Generational Social Mobility, Casey, E. 7 Oct 2019, In: Sociology
  • From ‘Cookery in Colour’ to ‘The Great British Bake Off’, Casey, E. 1 Oct 2019, In: European Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Catalogue communities: Work and consumption in the UK catalogue industry, Casey, E. 1 Nov 2015, In: Journal of Consumer Culture
  • '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
  • ‘Mass Gambling’ from 1947 to 2011: Controversies and Pathologies, Casey, E. 1 Sep 2014, In: Sociological Research Online
  • Intimacies, Critical Consumption and Diverse Economies, Taylor, Y., Casey, E. 2015
  • Gender and Consumer Culture, Casey, E. 2015, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Introduction: Intimacies and Everyday Practices of Consumption, Casey, E., Taylor, Y. Mar 2014, In: Families, Relationships and Societies
  • 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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