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Research Profile

Prof Ralph Fevre 

Recent Publications


  • Fevre, R., Lewis, D., Robinson, A. and Jones, T. (2012) Trouble At Work, London: Bloomsbury.
  • Fevre R. and Bancroft, A. (2010) Dead White Men and Other Important People: Sociology’s Big Ideas, London: Palgrave.
  • Fevre R. The Demoralization of Western Culture, (Chinese Language Edition), Nanjing:  Jiangsu People's Publishing House, 2004.
  • Fevre R., The New Sociology of Economic Behaviour, London and Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2003.
  • Fevre R., The Demoralization of Western Culture: Social Theory and the Dilemmas of Modern Living, London and New York: Continuum, xiv + 272pp., 2000.
  • Fevre R., and Thompson A. (eds.) Nation, Identity and Social Theory - Perspectives from Wales¸ Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999.


Journal Articles

  • Fevre, R., Robinson, A., Lewis, D and Jones, T. (forthcoming) ‘ The Ill-treatment of Disabled Employees in British Workplaces’, in Work, Employment and Society

  • Fevre, R. (2012) ‘Social Mobility, Equity and the Politics of Recruitment’ Sociology Compass 6/9 : 740–750. 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2012.00489.x
  • Fevre, R. and Lewis D. (2012) ‘Why ill-treatment at work is so hard to change’ People Management, June  30-35.
  • Fevre, R., (2011) ‘Still on the scrapheap? The meaning and characteristics of unemployment in prosperous welfare states’ Work Employment & Society, March 25, vol. 25 no. 1 1-9 [This is an e-especial edition of the journal, edited by Fevre].
  • Jones, T. Robinson, A., Fevre, R. and Lewis, D. (2011) ‘Workplace Assaults in Britain: Understanding the Influence of Individual and Workplace Characteristics’ British Journal of Criminology  51(1): 159-178, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azq064  (ISSN: 0007-0955).
  • Fevre, R., Grainger, H. and Brewer, R., (2011) ‘Discrimination and Unfair Treatment in the Workplace’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49:S2 July  pp. s207–s235 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2010.00798.x (ISSN: 0007–1080).
  • Fevre, R., Robinson, A., Jones, T. and Lewis, D. ‘Researching workplace bullying: the benefits of taking an integrated approach’  International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 13, No. 1, February 71 – 85. 2010. Selected for inclusion in one of the virtual special issues on social conflict marketed at the American Sociological Association conference, 2011.
  • Fevre, R. ‘The Power of Nightmares: Flexibility, Insecurity, Social Theory’, Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 21, No. 3, 517-535, 2007. Winner of the 2008 Sage prize.
  • Chaney P. and Fevre R. ‘An Absolute Duty: an Evaluation of the First Five Years of the Welsh Assembly’s Statutory Equality Duty’, Wales Journal of Law and Policy, Vol, 3, Issue 3, 135-156. 2005
  • Chaney, P. and Fevre, R. ‘Is there a Demand for Descriptive Representation? Evidence from the UK’s Devolution Programme’, Political Studies, 50, 897-915, 2002.
  • Thompson A. and Fevre R. ‘The National Question: Sociological Reflections on Nation and Nationalism’, Nations and Nationalism, 7, 3, 297-315, 2001.
  • Chaney, P., and Fevre, R. ‘Welsh Nationalism and the Challenge of "Inclusive" Politics’, Research in Social Movements Conflict and Change, 23, 227-254, 2001.
  • Chaney, P., and Fevre, R. ‘Ron Davies and the Cult of "Inclusiveness": Devolution and Participation in Wales’, Contemporary Wales, 14, 21-49, 2001.
  • Chaney, P., and Fevre, R. ‘Inclusive Governance and "Minority" Groups: The Role of the Third Sector in Wales’, Voluntas — International Journal of Third Sector Research, 12, 2, 131-156, 2001.
  • Gorard, S., Rees, G., Fevre, R. and Welland, T. ‘Lifelong Learning Trajectories: some voices of those "in transit"’, International Journal of Lifelong Learning, 20, 3, 169-187, 2001.
  • Fevre, R. Rees, G. and Gorard, S. ‘Some Sociological Alternatives to Human Capital Theory and their Implications for Research on Post-compulsory Education and Training’, Journal of Education and Work, 12, 2, 117-140, 1999.
  • Gorard, S., Fevre, R. and Rees, G. ‘The apparent decline of informal learning’, Oxford Review of Education, 25, 437-454, 1999.
  • Rees, G.,  Gorard, S. and Fevre, R. ‘Industrial South Wales: learning society past, present or future?’, Contemporary Wales, 12, 18-36, 1999
  • Gorard S., Rees G., Fevre R., ‘Patterns of Participation in Lifelong Learning: do families make a difference?’, British Educational Research Journal, 25, 4, 517-532, 1999.
  • Gorard S., Rees G., Fevre R., and Furlong J., ‘Society is Not Build by Education Alone: Alternative Routes to a Learning Society’, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, Vol. 3, No. 1,  25-37, 1998.
  • Gorard S., Rees G., Fevre R., and Furlong J., ‘The Two Components of a New Learning Society’,  Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 5-19, 1998.
  • Fevre R. ‘Labour Migration and Freedom of Movement in the European Union: Social Exclusion and Economic Development’,   International Planning Studies,  Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 75-92, 1998
  • Fevre R. Borland J. and Denney D., ‘Class, Status and Party in the Analysis of Nationalism: Lessons from Max Weber’, Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.  559-577, 1997.

Book Chapters

  • Fevre R, ‘Work’ in Harrington A. Marshall B. and Müller H. (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Social Theory, Abingdon: Routledge, 2006.
  • Rees G., Fevre R, Furlong J. and Gorard S. ‘History, Biography and Place in the Learning Society: Towards a Sociology of Lifelong Learning’ Lauder H. Brown P. Dillabough J. and Halsey A.H. (eds.) Education, Globalization and Social Change, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Fevre, R. ‘Social Capital, Civil Renewal and Marginalised Groups in Wales’ in Social Capital, Civic Renewal and Ethnic Diversity, Proceedings of a Runnymede Conference, London: Runnymede Trust, 2005
  • Fevre, R. ‘Socialising Social Capital: Identity, the Transition to Work and Economic Development’, in Baron, S., Field, J. and Schuller T. (eds.) Social Capital: critical perspectives,  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Fevre, R., Gorard, S, and Rees G. ‘Necessary and Unnecessary Learning: the Acquisition of Knowledge and "Skills" In and Outside Employment in South Wales in the Twentieth Century’, in F. Coffield (ed.) The Necessity of Informal Learning , Bristol: Policy Press, 2000.
  • Rees, G., Gorard, S., Fevre, R. and Green, F. ‘Participating in the Learning Society: history, place and biography’, in F. Coffield (ed.) Differing Visions of a Learning Society, Volume 2, Bristol: Policy Press, 2000.
  • Fevre R. and Thompson A. ‘Social Theory and Welsh Identities’ in R. Fevre and A. Thompson (eds.) Nation, Identity and Social Theory - Perspectives from Wales¸ Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999.
  • Fevre R., Borland J. and Denney D. ‘Nation, Community and Conflict: Housing Policy and Immigration in North Wales’ in R. Fevre and A. Thompson (eds.) Nation, Identity and Social Theory - Perspectives from Wales¸ Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999.
  • Fevre, R., ‘The Welsh Economy’, in D. Dunkerley and A. Thompson (eds.) Wales Today, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999.