First Monographs of ECF Members

Every year the Early Career Forum publishes a list of our members' first monographs. Please take some time to browse through these to see the breadth and talent of our members! If you're a member of the BSA and you'd like your first monograph (published 2016/17) added to the list, please send details to Katherine Twamley.


Ying Miao (2016) Being Middle Class in China: Identity, Attitudes and Behaviour. London: Routledge

This book explores middle class people’s subjective understanding and diverse experiences of class in China. Based on extensive original research, it examines attitudes towards the welfare state, social inequality, nationalism, relations with foreign countries and opinions on many social controversies, thus portraying middle class people as more than simply luxury consumers and potential agents of democracy.

Ying Miao is a lecturer in the Department of China Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge and her BA from King’s College London. Her research interests include Chinese social stratification and change, the sociopolitical change and development of contemporary China, and comparative development between China and the West.



Rachel Thwaites (2017) Changing Names and Gendering Identity: Social Organisation in Contemporary Britain. London: Routledge

Changing Names and Gendering Identity: Social Organisation in Contemporary Britain investigates contemporary naming practices on marriage in Britain, exploring the ways in which names are used to make sense of the self and narrate life changes and choices in a coherent fashion. A critique of the gender-blindness of sociological theories of individualisation, this volume offers evidence of the continued importance of traditions and the past to the functioning of contemporary society.

Rachel Thwaites is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln.  She has research interests in gender, naming, health and illness, emotions, and work.  More info: 



Simone Varriale (2016) Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction: The Rise of Pop Music Criticism in Italy Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

This book is the first comprehensive account of how Anglo-American popular music transformed Italian cultural life. It explores how globalization has transformed cultural taste and its relation to class, gender, race and ethnicity.

Simone Varriale is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK.