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Issues in the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed book series published by the University of Chester Press. The series has been running since 2003 and was re-launched by Dr Katherine Harrison in 2013 with an international editorial advisory board to oversee its work. Since the re-launch, four titles have been published: Corporeality: The Body and Society (edited by Cassandra A. Ogden and Stephen Wakeman, 2013), Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities (edited by Paul Taylor and Paul Wagg, 2014), Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities (edited by Jonathan Louth and Martin Potter, 2017) and Pornographies: Critical Positions (edited by Katherine Harrison and Cassandra A. Ogden).

The primary aim of the series is to present cutting-edge research, written by academics active in their fields and working on contemporary topics, in an accessible style for scholars at all levels. Contributors to the series include researchers from the University of Chester as well an array of external experts. The theme of each title in the series ties in closely with topics taught in the Department of Social and Political Science, which gives our students and general readers the opportunity to access high-quality current scholarship that engages with ongoing debates. The series also attracts a broad academic readership in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

Click here to see descriptions of the individual titles and for online ordering.

Recent titles in Issues in the Social Sciences have been reviewed in journals including Sociology of Health and Illness (Wiley) and a range of extracts (with links to the main reviews) are available to view here.

List of publications

  • Harrison, K. & Ogden, C. A. (Eds) (2018). Pornographies: Critical Positions (Issues in the Social Sciences 11). Chester: University of Chester Press.
  • Louth, J. & Potter, M. (Eds) (2017). Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities (Issues in the Social Sciences 10). Chester: University of Chester Press.
  • Taylor, P. & Wagg, P. (eds) (2014). Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities (Issues in the Social Sciences 9). Chester: University of Chester Press.
  • Ogden, C. A. & Wakeman, S. (eds) (2013). Corporeality: The Body and Society (Issues in the Social Sciences 8). Chester: University of Chester Press. Reviewed in Sociology of Health and Illness.

(With Chester Academic Press, 2003–2010)

  • Boran, A. (ed.) (2010). Poverty: Malaise of Development? (Issues in the Social Sciences 6). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Ford, D. C. (ed.) (2010). Fragmenting Family (Issues in the Social Sciences 7). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • D’Artrey, M. (ed.) (2008). Cont_xts? Media, Representation and Society (Issues in the Social Sciences 5). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Boran, A. & Cox, P. (eds) (2007). Implications of Globalisation (Issues in the Social Sciences 4). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Bendall, M. & Howman, B. (eds) (2006). Decoding Discrimination (Issues in the Social Sciences 3). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Boran, A. & Murphy, B. (eds) (2004). Gender in Flux (Issues in the Social Sciences 2). Chester: Chester Academic Press.
  • Boran, A. (ed.) (2003). Crime: Fear or Fascination? (Issues in the Social Sciences 1). Chester: Chester Academic Press.

For further information about the Issues in the Social Sciences series, please contact Sarah Griffiths at the University of Chester Press.