Department of Sociology

The blog of the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey

New fatherhood in a pandemic: Challenges and resources for new fathers and partners during COVID-19

By Ranjana Das I have recently reviewed the growing set of online resources aimed at supporting mothers perinatally, amidst the impacts of COVID-19. These impacts are significant for antenatal and postnatal mental health owing to COVID-19 related anxiety, change in practices antenatally and during childbirth, social-distancing measures severely restricting women’s social support avenues and inequalities […]


Lockdown fieldwork

By Christine Hine Recent weeks have seen disruptions across all arenas of contemporary social life, as international travel has been cut to a bare minimum and many countries have implemented restrictions on individual movements and gatherings on an unprecedented scale. Any complacency that we live in an unassailably stable world has been rocked, as we […]


New Book: Key Conclusions from Early Motherhood in Digital Societies – Ideals, Anxieties and Ties of the Perinatal

By Ranjana Das Christmas 2019 saw the release of my new Routledge monograph – Early Motherhood in Digital Societies: Ideals, Anxieties and Ties of the Perinatal. The book uses material from interviews with new mothers, and from a range of online sites, to offer an understanding of what the digital turn has meant for new […]


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