Dr Maud Perrier

Dr Maud Perrier

Dr Maud Perrier
Senior Lecturer

2.11, 11 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 33 17487

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I was born in France and studied English Literature at The University of Nottingham and the Sociology of Gender at the University of Warwick where I completed my PhD in 2009.


My principal area of research is the sociology of families (motherhood and parenting specifically), but I have wide ranging research interests including new class studies, postfeminism and critical pedagogies.

My doctoral research examined how younger and older mothers negotiate dominant discourses of good mothering. This thesis points to the importance of mothering as a key site for the (re)production of moral and classed selves and problematizes the middle-class lifecourse as the norm, highlighting class assumptions underpinning definitions of the ‘right’ time for motherhood.


In 2009-10 I convened the third year undergraduate option ‘Gender Relations’ and the MSc ‘Interpreting Gender’ and contributed to the second year unit ‘Contemporary Inequalities.’

Latest publications

  1. Perrier, M & Swan, E, 2019, ‘‘Crazy for Carcass’: Foodie-waste femininity, digital whiteness and hyperlinked Encounters’ in Lupton, D. and Feldman, Z. (eds), Digital Food Cultures. London: Routledge.’. in: Deborah Lupton, Zeena Feldman (eds) Digital Food Cultures. Routledge, London
  2. Fannin, M & Perrier, M, 2019, ‘‘Birth work’ accompaniment and PhD supervision: an alternative feminist pedagogy for the neoliberal university’. Gender and Education, vol 31., pp. 136-152
  3. Fannin, M & Perrier, M, 2018, ‘Refiguring the Postmaternal: Feminist Responses to the Forgetting of Motherhood’. Routledge
  4. Perrier, M & Fannin, M, 2017, ‘Belly casts and placenta pills: refiguring postmaternal entrepreneurialism’. Australian Feminist Studies, vol 31., pp. 448-467
  5. Fannin, M & Perrier, M, 2017, ‘Introduction: Refiguring the postmaternal’. Australian Feminist Studies, vol 31., pp. 383-392
  6. Perrier, M & Withers, D-M, 2016, ‘An archival feminist pedagogy: unlearning and objects as affective knowledge companions’. Continuum: Journal of Cultural and Media Studies, vol 30., pp. 355-366
  7. Gannon, S, Kligte, G, MacLean, J, Perrier, M, Swan, E, Vanni, I & van Rijswijk, H, 2015, ‘Uneven Relationalities, Collective Biography and Sisterly Affect in Neoliberal Universities’. Feminist Formations, vol 27., pp. 189-216
  8. Perrier, M, 2013, ‘No Right Time: Younger and Older Mothers' Accounts of Timing Motherhood’. Sociological Review, vol 61., pp. 69-87
  9. Perrier, M, 2012, ‘Mediating Risky Motherhood: A Discursive Analysis of Offline and Online Responses to the Oldest British Mother-to-be’. in: Elizabeth Podnieks (eds) Mediated Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture. McGill-Queens University Press
  10. Perrier, MM, 2012, ‘Middle-Class Mothers’ Moralities and ‘Concerted Cultivation': Class Others, Ambivalence and Excess’. Sociology, vol 47., pp. 1-16

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