Dr Robin Mann

BA UEL MSc Bristol PhD Wales

Name
Robin Mann
Position
Senior Lecturer, WISERD
Email
r.mann@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 382232
Location
Room 103, Neuadd Ogwen

Overview

Robin Mann joined the School of Social Sciences in 2009 having previously held research positions at the University of Oxford (2006-2008) and the University of Bristol (2004-6). He holds a PhD in Sociology (University of Wales, Bangor), an MSc in Sociology (University of Bristol, received with distinction) and a BA in Social Sciences from University of East London.

His research interests and expertise are in political sociology, especially national identity, nationalism and class; civil society; and the politics of local social relations. He is particularly concerned with how questions of identity and participation are to be understood from the perspective of 'ordinary people', and through using ethnographic and combined qualitative-quantitative methods. He has been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the Welsh Government.

His current research forms part of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Methods and Data (WISERD) and he has responsibility for developing WISERD research at Bangor. He is co-investigator on the ESRC funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre (2014-19) and within this he is lead investigator (with Prof. Howard Davis) on a work package examining continuity and change in local civil society in Wales (2014-17).

He is also the author (with S. Fenton) of Nation, Class and Resentment: The Politics of National Identity in England, Scotland and Wales, published with Palgrave Macmillan Press in 2017.

Research

Areas of interest

Political sociology, especially national identity, nationalism and class; civil society; and the politics of local social relations. He is particularly concerned with how questions of identity and participation are to be understood from the perspective of 'ordinary people', and through using ethnographic and combined qualitative-quantitative methods.

Grants awarded

Principal Investigator, 2017. Economic and Social Research Council IAA Award, £7800. The Implications of BREXIT on European migrants and their employers (with A. Plows).

Co-Investigator, 2014-19. Economic and Social Research Council, Total £7Million, WISERDCivilSociety. Within this lead investigator on the project ‘Researching civil society, in place and over time: A narrative-ethnographic approach’.

Co-Investigator, 2013. Welsh Language Commissioner/Welsh Government. Welsh Language use in the voluntary sector in Wales. (with C. Prys (PI), R. Hodges, B Collis and R. Roberts).

Principal Investigator, 2010-2012, Public sentiments towards migration and minorities: The difference Wales makes? New Ideas Social Research Fund, Welsh Assembly Government, £9,683.

Co-Investigator, 2010-2012, Grandparenthood in bilingual families in Wales, Research Project Grant, The Leverhulme Trust, £83,000 (with S. Harper).

Consultant, 2008-9, Evolving family structures, roles and relationships in light of social and ethnic change, Commissioned by The Future Lab on behalf of the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), £1,000.

Participation in other research projects

2009-12, Knowing Localities Research Programme, WISERD.

2006-8, The role of grandfathers in contemporary families, The Leverhulme Trust, Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford.

2004-8, Nation and Class in England, Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship, held jointly by the University of Bristol and University College London.

Dr Robin Mann - Publications

Books

Mann, R. and Fenton, S. (2017) Nation Class and Resentment: The Politics of National Identity in England, Scotland and Wales. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Mann, R., Tarrant, A. and Leeson, G. W. (2016) ‘Grandfatherhood: Shifting masculinities in later life’, Sociology. 50 (3): 594-610.

Mann, R. Khan, H.T.A. and Leeson, G. W. (2013) ‘Variations in grandchildren’s perceptions of their grandfathers and grandmothers: Dynamics of age and gender’, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 11 (4): 380-395

Jones, L., Mann, R. and Heley, J. (2013) ‘Doing space relationally: Exploring the meaningful geographies of local government in Wales’, GeoForum 45 (2): 190-200.

Mann, R. (2012) ‘Uneasy being English: The significance of class for English national sentiments’, Ethnicities 12 (4): 484-499.

Mann, R. (2012) ‘Aus den Scatten treten? Grossvaterschaft, alter unn mannlichkeiten’, Psychotherapie Im Alter, 9(1): 23-38. (German translation of ‘Out of the Shadows? Age, grandfatherhood and masculinities’ originally published in Journal of Aging Studies, 2007).

Mann, R., Plows, A. and Patterson, C. (2011) Civilising community? A critical exploration of local civil society in North West Wales, Voluntary Sector Review. 2 (3): 317-335.

Mann, R. (2011) “It just feels English rather than multicultural” Local interpretations of Englishness and non-Englishness, Sociological Review 59, (1), 128-147.

Mann, R and Leeson, G W (2010) Grandfathers in contemporary families: Evidence from qualitative research,Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 8, (3), 158-172.

Mann, R and Fenton, S (2009) The personal contexts of national sentiments, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35, (4), 517-534. 

Mann, R (2007) Negotiating the politics of language: Civic identity and language learning in Wales, Ethnicities7, (2), 208-224. 

Mann, R (2007) Out of the shadows? Grandfatherhood, age and masculinities, Journal of Aging Studies, 21, (4), 271-281.

Mann, R (2006) Reflexivity and researching national identity, Sociological Research Online 11, (4).

Book Chapters

Mann, R. and Plows, A. (2015) ‘East, west and the bit in the middle: Localities in North Wales’, in Jones, M. and Orford, S. (eds.) People/Places/Policy: Knowing Contemporary Wales. London, Routledge.

Mann, R. and Fenton, S. (2014) ‘English nationalism and Britishness: Class and the ‘sub-state’ national identities of Britain’, in R. Garbaye and P. Schnapper (eds.) The Politics of Ethnic Diversity in the British Isles. Houndmills: Palgrave.

Mann, R. and Fenton, S. (2011) “Our own people” Ethnic majority orientations to nation and country, in T. Modood & J. Salt (eds), Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness. Houndmills: Palgrave.

Mann, R and Fenton, S (2009) Introducing the majority to ethnicity: and do they like what they see? in G. Calder, S. Seglow & P. Cole (Eds.), Citizenship Acquisition and National Belonging: Migration, Membership and the Liberal

Democratic State. Houndmills: Palgrave.

Mann, R (2006) Civil society, community and the Welsh Language, in G. Day, D. Dunkerley and A. Thompson (Eds.), Policy, Politics and People: Civil Society in Wales, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 251-271.

Blog contributions and short online articles

Mann, R. and Fenton, S. (2017) English national identity, resentment and the Leave Vote, Discover Society, Issue 45, June 2017.

Fenton, S. and Mann, R. (2015) High class discontent: Economic Insecurity and UKIP Support, British Election Study. 19 January 2015

Other

Mann, R. (2014) Book Review of Cordell, K. and Wolff, S. ‘Ethnic Conflict’, National Identities. Published online 26 Feb 2014. DOI:10.1080/14608944.2014.883565

Coffey, A., Heley, J., Mann, R., Patterson, C., Plows, A., Tannock, S. and Woods, M. (2012) Anonymisation in Social Reserch. WISERD Methods Briefing Series. WISERDMBS/003

Mann, R. (2011) Welsh Speakers and Welsh Language Provision in the Public Sector, WISERD Research Report Series, no. RSS/004.

Mann, R. and Plows, A. (2011) East, West and the Bit in the Middle: Localities in North Wales, The Menai Papers, no 2011/01, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University.

Mann, R. (2009) Book Review of C. Calhoun. ‘Nations Matter: Nationalism, Democracy and the Cosmopolitan Dream’, Sociology, 43, (4), 1208-9.

Mann, R, Khan, H T A and Leeson, G W (2009) Age and gender differences in grandchildren’s relationships with maternal grandfathers and grandmothers, forthcoming, Oxford Institute of Ageing Working Paper Series 2009. Available online at: www.ageing.ox.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/

Mann, R (2009) Evolving family structures, roles and relationships in light of ethnic and social change.Report commissioned for Future Lab on behalf of the Department of Children, Schools and Families.

Reports

Mann, R. and Tommis, Y. (2012) Public sentiments towards immigration: The difference Wales makes? Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Students

Research Students

Stephanie Jones ‘Volunteering and participation in heritage railway societies in North Wales’ (Start date: October 2015)

Eileen Tilley “Narratives of Welsh Language Learning and Belonging in North Wales” (Start Date: October 2013)
I am second supervisor/member of thesis committee for several research students within the school.

Undergraduate

SXU1005 Language and Technique in Social Sciences
SXU2001 Methods of Social Research


Postgraduate

SXP 4018 Researching Community
SXS 4064 Nationalism and Minorities

Activities

Administrative Responsibilities

My administrative responsibilities are primarily to do with the promoting WISERD at Bangor. Specific roles include:

  • Organiser of the Bangor School of Social Sciences research seminar series
  • Co-editor of the Bangor Social Sciences Menai Papers working paper series
  • Co-editor of the WISERD working papers series
  • Member of the WISERD annual conference organising team
  • Member of the WISERD Language, Citizenship and Identity thematic group

Professional Activities

  • Peer review for journals Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Ethnicities, Contemporary Wales, Society and Space; and for monographs with Routledge.
  • Co-organiser of international conference on intersectionality and spaces of belonging, Bangor University, June 2012.

Conference and Invited Seminar Papers

  • Mann, R, ‘English nationalism, class and the politics of resentment’, Institute of Sociology, University of Gothenburg, April 2014.
  • Mann, R. ‘Temporality, nationhood, and state-building in Wales’, Bangor School of Social Sciences Seminar Series, Bangor University, October 2013.
  • Mann, R. and Drinkwater, S. ‘Welsh Speakers and the labour Market’, Unequal Wales Seminar Series, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University, April 2013.
  • Prys, C., Hodges, R., Mann, R., Collis, B. and Roberts, R. ‘Volunteering and the Welsh Language’, Volunteering Conference 2013, Wales Council of Voluntary Action, Llandudno, September 2013.
  • Bianchera, E., Mann, R. and Harper, S. ‘Intergenerational heritage transmission in Welsh-Italian families: Preliminary findings’, British Society of Gerontology Annaul Conference, Keele Univeristy, July 2012.
  • Mann, R. ‘Temporalities of nation-building in post-devolution Wales’, WISERD Annual Conference Devolution, Place and Change, Bangor University, March 2012.
  • Mann, R. and Jones, L. ‘What is Wales? Constructions of the nation amongst local state personnel’, Conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, September 2011.
  • Jones, L. and Mann, R. ‘Place-based knowledges and practices of local government actors in Wales’, Institute of British Geographers/RGS Annual Conference, London, August 2011.
  • Mann, R. Tommis, Y. and Fenton, S. ‘Public sentiments towards migration and minorities’ WISERD Annual Conference Changing Wales: Social and Economic Perspectives, Swansea University, June 2011.
  • Mann, R., Plows, A. and Patterson, C. (2010) ‘Spatialities of civil society’, National Centre for Research Methods Festival, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, July 2010.
  • Mann, R., Bianchera, E. and Harper, S. (2010) ‘Intergenerational aspects of Welsh/Italian migrant families’,WISERD Annual Conference Knowing Wales: Policy, Places and People, Cardiff University , June 2010.
  • Jones, L., Mann, R. and Watkin, S. (2010) ‘Socio-spatial relations: Geographies of “patch”’, with L Jones and S Watkin, WISERD Annual Conference Knowing Wales: Policy, Places and People, Cardiff University, June 2010.
  • Mann, R., Plows, A. and Patterson, C. (2010) ‘Exploring local civil society in a north Wales village’, British Sociological Association Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University, March 2010.
  • Mann, R., and Fenton, S. (2008) Why can’t we be English? Dominant nationhood at the ordinary level,Leverhulme Conference on Migration and Citizenship: Post-immigration Minorities, Religion and National Identities, Bristol. November 19-20 2008.
  • Mann, R., and Miller, T. (2008) Fatherhood, grandfatherhood and intergenerational family cultures, 2008,European Society for Family Relations Congress, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, September 24-27 2008.
  • Mann, R., and Miller, T (2008) Masculinities and caring across the life course: Men doing family life, Families and Intimate Lives European Sociological Association Interim Meeting, Portugal, August 27-29 2008.
  • Mann, R., Leeson, G. W. and Kahn, H. T. A. (2008) Age and gender differences in grandchildren’s relationships with maternal grandfathers and grandmothers, International Sociological Association World Forum, University of Barcelona, Spain, September 5-8 2008.