Sophie Woodward

Co-Investigator at the University of Manchester Photo of Sophie Woodward

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Centre Activities

  • Co-Investigator
  • Lead on creative methods


Research Interests

  • Creative methods
  • Material methods
  • Material culture
  • Materiality
  • Everyday life
  • Feminist theory and movements
  • Consumption


Selected publications

Woodward, S. 2019 Material Methods: Researching and Thinking with Things. London: Sage

Woodward, K and Woodward, S. 2019. Birth and Death: experience, ethics, politics London: Routledge

Woodward, S. and Fenton, L. 2019. Love Island in Frontiers in Sociology.

Woodward, S. 2019. ‘Meaningful Objects and Consumption’ in the Wherry, F and Woodward, I (eds) Oxford Handbook of Consumption (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Woodward, S. 2019. ‘Material Cultures’ in May, V and Nordqvist, P (eds) Sociology of Personal Life (2nd Edition) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Woodward, S. and Greasley, A. 2017 ‘Personal collections and shifting accumulations: a comparison of music and clothing consumption’, in the Journal of Consumer Culture 17(3), 659–676.

Botticello, J, Fisher, T and Woodward, S. 2016. ‘Relational Resolutions’, a special issue of Visual Studies [December 2016]

Woodward, S. 2015 ‘Object interviews, material imaginings and ‘unsettling’ methods: interdisciplinary approaches to understanding materials and material culture’ in Qualitative Research [online first]

Woodward, S. 2015 ‘Global Denim: A Material Culture Approach to Understanding the Ordinary, Global, and the Personal’ in ed. Heike Jenß Fashion Studies: Research Methods, Sites and Practices. Bloomsbury.

Woodward, S. 2015 ‘Hidden lives of dormant things: cupboards, lofts and shelves’ in Casey, E and Taylor, Y (eds). Intimacies: critical consumption and diverse economies. Palgrave Macmillan.

Woodward, S. and Fisher, T. 2014 ‘Fashioning through materials: Material culture, materiality and processes of materialization’ in Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty. 5.1, pp 3-22.  

Woodward, S. 2014. ‘Accidentally Sustainable? Ethnographic approaches to clothing practices’ (invited contribution) in Fletcher, K and Tham, M eds. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion. London: Routledge.

Miller, D. and Woodward, S. 2012 Blue Jeans: the Art of the Ordinary. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Miller, D. and Woodward, S. (eds) 2011. Global Denim. Oxford: Berg.

Woodward, S. and Miller, D. (eds) 2011 ‘Unravelling Denim’ special edition of Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture. March, 2011, Volume 9, 1.

Woodward, S. 2010 ‘Jeanealogies: Materiality and the (im)permanence of relationships’ in Miller, D and Woodward, S (eds). Global Denim pp145-157. Oxford: Berg.

Woodward, K and Woodward, S. 2009. Why Feminism Matters: Lost and Found. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Woodward, S. 2009 ‘The Myth of the Street’ in Fashion theory, March, 2009, Volume 13, no 1, pp83-102

Woodward, S. 2008 ‘Digital Photography and Research Relationships: Capturing the Fashion Moment’ in Sociology (Vol 42 no 5: 857-872) October 2008.

Miller, D. and Woodward, S. 2007 ‘A manifesto for the study of denim’, in Social Anthropology 15, 5. pp 335-351. November 2007.

Woodward, S. 2007. Why Women Wear What they Wear. Oxford: Woodward, S. 2005. ‘Looking good, feeling right: aesthetics of the self’ in Miller, D, and Kuechler, S. (eds) Clothing as Material Culture pp21-39. (Oxford: Berg).