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Professor Ian Burkitt

Emeritus Professor - FOMLSS

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)


I am currently Emeritus Professor of Social Identity in the Division of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Bradford. My work is centrally concerned with the formation of human identity within social relations, beginning with my first book Social Selves (1991; 2nd ed. 2008). Over the years my interest in the societal contexts in which we become particular social beings, has broadened to include forms of human embodiment (Bodies of Thought, 1999) and the relational formation of emotions (Emotions and Social Relations, 2014). My recent work has extended the relational approach to emotions into critical considerations of the influence of neuroscience on emotion theory, of ideas about emotion regulation, and the nature of alienation in contemporary capitalism. I have also written about reconceptualising agency through the perspective of relational sociology.


The social formation of identity. Social activity and human embodiment. The social and relational constitution of emotions, including the political dimension of emotions. Agency as a relational phenomenon.


TitleAlienation and emotion: social relations and estrangement in contemporary capitalism (2019)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleEmotions, Social Activity and Neuroscience: The Cultural-Historical Formation of Emotion (2019)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleThe emotional self: Embodiment, reflexivity, and emotion regulation (2018)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleDecentring emotion regulation: from emotion regulation to relational emotion (2018)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleRelational agency: Relational sociology, agency and interaction (2016)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleSelf and others in the field of perception: The role of micro-dialogue, feeling, and emotion in perception (2013)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
TitleEmotional reflexivity: feeling, emotion and imagination in reflexive dialogues (2012)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleFragments of Unconscious Experience: Towards a Dialogical, Relational, and Sociological Analysis (2010)
AuthorsBurkitt I.
JournalTheory and Psychology
TitleDialogues with self and others: communication, miscommunication, and the dialogical unconscious (2010)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleSituating Auto/biography: Biography and Narrative in the Times and Places of Everyday Life (2009)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleEmbodied ideas and divided selves: revisiting Laing via Bakhtin (2009)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian; Sullivan, Paul W.
TitlePowerful Emotions: Power, Government and Opposition in the `War on Terror' (2005)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleThe time and space of everyday life (2004)
AuthorsBurkitt I.
JournalCultural Studies
TitlePsychology in the Field of Being: Merleau-Ponty, Ontology and Social Constructionism. (2003)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleTechnologies of the Self: Habitus and Capacities. (2002)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleComplex emotions: Relations, feelings and images in emotional experience (2002)
AuthorsBurkitt I.
JournalSociological Review
TitleEmotions and Social Relations (2014)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleSocial selves: theories of self and society (2008)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
TitleAppearance and image in the perception and misperception of self and others: Ichheiser and social psychological theory (2018)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
JournalMemories of Gustav Ichheiser
TitleRelational agency (2018)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian
JournalThe Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology
TitleNurse Education and Communities of Practice. (2001)
AuthorsBurkitt, Ian; Husband, Charles H.; Mackenzie, Jennifer; Torn, Alison