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Professor Ian Burkitt,
Emeritus Professor - FOMLSS

Information about Professor Ian Burkitt at the University of Bradford.

School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Mgmt, Law & Social Sciences)
Photo of Professor Ian Burkitt


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.


There are 21 publications involving or that are attributed to Professor Ian Burkitt. They are listed as:

  • book (2)
  • book chapter (2)
  • peer reviewed journal (16)
  • published report (1)


Professor Ian Burkitt has 2 publication(s) listed under book.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Emotions and Social Relations 2014 Burkitt, Ian
Social selves: theories of self and society 2008 Burkitt, Ian

Book Chapter

Professor Ian Burkitt has 2 publication(s) listed under book chapter.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Appearance and image in the perception and misperception of self and others: Ichheiser and social psychological theory 2018 Memories of Gustav Ichheiser Memories of Gustav Ichheiser Burkitt, Ian 978-3-319-72508-6 Springer
Relational agency 2018 The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology 523 - 538 Burkitt, Ian 9783319660059 Palgrave 10.1007/978-3-319-66005-9_26

Peer Reviewed Journal

Professor Ian Burkitt has 16 publication(s) listed under peer reviewed journal.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Psychology in the Field of Being: Merleau-Ponty, Ontology and Social Constructionism. 2003 Burkitt, Ian
Alienation and emotion: social relations and estrangement in contemporary capitalism 2019 Burkitt, Ian
Emotions, Social Activity and Neuroscience: The Cultural-Historical Formation of Emotion 2019 Burkitt, Ian
Complex emotions: Relations, feelings and images in emotional experience 2002 Sociological Review 50 151 - 167 Burkitt I. 0038-0261 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2002.tb03596.x
Fragments of Unconscious Experience: Towards a Dialogical, Relational, and Sociological Analysis 2010 Theory and Psychology 20 322 - 341 Burkitt I. 0959-3543 10.1177/0959354310362827
The time and space of everyday life 2004 Cultural Studies 18 211 - 227 Burkitt I. 0950-2386 10.1080/0950238042000201491
Self and others in the field of perception: The role of micro-dialogue, feeling, and emotion in perception 2013 Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 33 267 - 279 Burkitt, Ian 1068-8471 10.1037/a0030255
The emotional self: Embodiment, reflexivity, and emotion regulation 2018 Burkitt, Ian
Decentring emotion regulation: from emotion regulation to relational emotion 2018 Burkitt, Ian
Relational agency: Relational sociology, agency and interaction 2016 Burkitt, Ian
Emotional reflexivity: feeling, emotion and imagination in reflexive dialogues 2012 Burkitt, Ian
Dialogues with self and others: communication, miscommunication, and the dialogical unconscious 2010 Burkitt, Ian
Embodied ideas and divided selves: revisiting Laing via Bakhtin 2009 Burkitt, Ian; Sullivan, Paul W.
Technologies of the Self: Habitus and Capacities. 2002 Burkitt, Ian
Powerful Emotions: Power, Government and Opposition in the `War on Terror' 2005 Burkitt, Ian
Situating Auto/biography: Biography and Narrative in the Times and Places of Everyday Life 2009 Burkitt, Ian

Published Report

Professor Ian Burkitt has 1 publication(s) listed under published report.
Title Year Publication name Journal Volume Pages Authors Editors ISSN Publisher DOI Location
Nurse Education and Communities of Practice. 2001 Burkitt, Ian; Husband, Charles H.; Mackenzie, Jennifer; Torn, Alison