Publications by Theme
Feminism and women’s studies
Childbirth and motherhood
Methodology and social intervention evaluation
Oakley A (1972) Sex, Gender and Society. London: Temple Smith. (Reprinted with new Introduction, London: Gower, 1985). New edition with new introduction, Ashgate 2015.
Oakley A (1981) Subject Women. Oxford: Martin Robertson.
Oakley A (1996) Gender matters: man the hunter. In: Roberts H, Sachdev D (eds) Young People's Social Attitudes: Having their say - the views of 12-19 year olds. Ilford, Essex: Barnardos, pp.23-43.
Oakley A (1997) A brief history of gender. In: Oakley A, Mitchell J (eds) Who's Afraid of Feminism. London: Hamish Hamilton, pp.29-55.
Oakley A (2002) Gender on Planet Earth. Cambridge: Polity Press. (New York: The New Press, 2003).
Oakley A (2005) The Ann Oakley Reader: Gender, women and social science. Bristol: Policy Press.
Oakley A (2005) Gender, women and social science. Sociology Review 15(2):10-12.
Cockburn C, Oakley A (2013) The cost of masculine crime. openDemocracy.
Cockburn C, Oakley A (2013) Sexual exploitation in street gangs: protecting girls or changing boys?openDemocracy.
Cockburn C, Oakley A (2014) Domestic violence must be about prevention as well as protection (letter). The Guardian 28 February.
Oakley A (2014) Gendered histories, memory and identity: a story about social science. (4 November).
Oakley A (2015) The history of gendered social science: a personal narrative and some reflections on method. Women's History Review 24 (2): 154-173.
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Oakley A (1974) Housewife. London: Allen Lane.
Oakley A (1974) The Sociology of Housework. London: Martin Robertson. (Reprinted with new Introduction, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985.)
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Feminism and women’s studies
Mitchell J, Oakley A (eds) (1976) The Rights and Wrongs of Women. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Oakley A (1984) Taking it Like a Woman. London: Jonathan Cape. (Paperback published by Fontana 1985; also published by Random House, New York.)
Mitchell J, Oakley A (eds) (1986) What is Feminism? Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Oakley A (1986) Feminism, motherhood and medicine - Who cares? In: Mitchell J, Oakley A (eds) What is Feminism? Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp.127-150.
Oakley A (1986) Feminism and motherhood. In: Richards M, Light P (eds) Children of Social Worlds. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp.74-94.
Oakley A (1989) Women's Studies in British sociology: to end at our beginning? British Journal of Sociology 40(3): 442-470.
Oakley A (1992) Women's Studies: theory or practice? In: Crouch C, Heath A (eds) Social Research and Social Reform. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp.271-286.
Oakley A (1995) Women and children first and last: parallels and differences between children's and women's studies. In: Mayall B (ed.) Children's Childhoods. Sussex: Falmer Press, pp.13-32.
Oakley A, Mitchell J (eds) (1997) Who's Afraid of Feminism? London: Hamish Hamilton. (New York: The New Press.)
Oakley A (1998) Whatever's happening to women? Sex, gender and the politics of the backlash. In: Despard A (ed.) A Woman's Place: Women, domesticity and private life. Kristiansand, Norway: Høgskolen i Agder, pp.1-20.
Oakley A (2004) Epilogue in Eight Essays: Ann Oakley. In: Halsey AH (ed.) A History of Sociology in Britain: Science, literature and society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.214-217.
Oakley A (2005) The SST interview: Ann Oakley and reflections on feminist sociology. Social Science Teacher 34(3):3-5
Oakley A (2006) Feminism isn’t ready to be swept under the carpet. Times Higher Education March 13.
Oakley A (2015) Imagining social science. In: Twamley K, Doidge M, Scott A (eds) Sociologists' Tales: Contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice. Bristol: Policy Press pp. 109-116.
Oakley A (2015) Interviewing women again: power, time and the gift. Sociology 1-19.
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Childbirth and motherhood
Oakley A (1979) Becoming a Mother. Oxford: Martin Robertson. (Under the title From Here to Maternity. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981. Reprinted with new Introduction, 1986.)
Oakley A (1980) Women Confined: Towards a sociology of childbirth. Oxford: Martin Robertson.
Oakley A (1985) Social support in pregnancy - the ‘soft’ way to increase birthweight? Social Science and Medicine 21(11):1259-1268.
Oakley A (1985) Doctors, maternity patients and social scientists. Birth 12(3):161-166.
Oakley A (1985) Consumers’ attitudes to obstetric care. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 92:188-189.
Oakley A (1986) The history of ultrasonography in obstetrics. Birth 13(1): 8-13.
Oakley A (1987) From walking wombs to test-tube babies. In: Stanworth M (ed.) Reproductive Technologies. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp.36-56.
Oakley A (1988) Is social support good for the health of mothers and babies? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 6: 3-21.
Oakley A (1989) William Power Memorial Lecture. Who cares for women? Science versus love in midwifery today. Midwives Chronicle: 214-221.
Oakley A (1990) A case of maternity: paradigms of women as maternity cases. In: Pope D, Wyer M, O'Barr J (eds) Ties That Bind: Essays on motherhood. Chicago: Chicago University Press, pp.61-85.
Richards M, Oakley A (1990) Women's experiences of Caesarean delivery. In: Garcia J, Richards M, Kilpatrick R (eds) The Politics of Maternity Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.183-201.
Oakley A (1991) Using medical care: the views of high risk mothers. Health Services Research 26 (5):651-669.
Oakley A (1992) Social Support and Motherhood: The natural history of a research project. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Oakley A, Hickey D, Rajan L, Rigby AS (1996) Social support in pregnancy: does it have long-term effects? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 14:7-22.
Oakley A (1996) Becoming a grandmother - has childbirth really changed? British Medical Journal 312:1426.
Oakley A, Wiggins M, Strange V, Sawtell M, Austerberry H (2011) Becoming a mother: continuities and discontinuities over three decades. In: Ebtehaj F, Herring J, Johnson MH, Richards M (eds) Birth Rights and Rites. Oxford, Hart Publishing.
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Oakley A, McPherson A, Roberts H (1984) Miscarriage. London: Fontana. (Revised edition, Penguin, 1990.)
Oakley A (1984) The Captured Womb: A history of the medical care of pregnant women. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Oakley A (1989) Smoking in pregnancy: smokescreen or risk factor? Towards a materialist analysis. Sociology of Health and Illness 11(4): 311-335.
Oakley A, Rajan L (1990) Obstetric technology and maternal emotional wellbeing: a further research note. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 8:45-55.
Oakley A, Rigby AS, Hickey D (1993) Women and children last? Class, health and the role of the maternal and child health services. European Journal of Public Health 3:220-226.
Oakley A (1993) Essays on Women, Medicine and Health. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Oakley A (1994) Who cares for women? Social relations, gender and the public health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 48:427-434.
Oakley A, Rigby AS, Hickey D (1994) Love or money? Social support, class inequality and the health of women and children. European Journal of Public Health 4:265-273.
Oakley A (2007) Fracture: Adventures of a broken body. Bristol: Policy Press.
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Methodology and social intervention evaluation
Oakley A, Rajan L, Grant A (1990) Social support and pregnancy outcome: report of a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 97: 155-162.
Oakley A, Rajan L (1990) Social class and social support: the same or different? Sociology 25(1):31-59.
Oakley A, Rajan L, Robertson P (1990) A comparison of different sources of information on pregnancy and childbirth. Journal of Biosocial Science 22:477-487.
Oakley A (1990) Who's afraid of the randomised controlled trial? Some dilemmas of the scientific method and 'good' research practice. In: Roberts H (ed.) Women's Health Counts. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp.167-194.
Oakley A (1992) Social support in pregnancy: methodology and findings of a 1 year follow-up study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 19:219-231.
Oakley A (1992) Getting at the oyster: one of many lessons from the Social Support and Pregnancy Outcome Study. In: Roberts H (ed.) Women's Health Matters. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp.11-32.
Fullerton D, Holland J, Oakley A (1995) Towards effective intervention: evaluating HIV prevention and sexual health education. In: Aggleton P, Davies P, Hart G (eds) AIDS: Safety, sexuality and risk. London: Taylor and Francis, pp.90-108.
Oakley A, Fullerton D, Holland J, Arnold S, France-Dawson M, Kelley P, McGrellis S (1995) Sexual health interventions for young people: a methodological review. British Medical Journal 310:158-162.
Oakley A, Fullerton D, Holland J (1995) Behavioural interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention. AIDS 9:479-486.
Oakley A, Fullerton D (1996) The lamppost of research: support or illumination? In: Oakley A, Roberts H (eds) Evaluating Social Interventions: A report on two workshops. Ilford, Essex: Barnardos, pp.4-38.
Oakley A (1996) Who's afraid of the randomised controlled trial? The challenge of evaluating the potential of social interventions. In: Effective Social Interventions in Child Welfare: report of a conference organised by Barnardos and the Social Science Research Unit. Ilford, Essex: Barnardos, pp.33-47.
Oakley A (1998) Living in two worlds. British Medical Journal 316:482-483.
Oakley A (1998) Experimentation in social science: the case of health promotion. Social Sciences in Health 4 (2):73-89.
Oakley A (1998) Science, gender and women's liberation: an argument against postmodernism. Women's Studies International Forum 21(2):133-146.
Oakley A (1998) Experimentation and social interventions: a forgotten but important history. British Medical Journal 317:1239-1242.
Oakley A (1998) Public policy experimentation: lessons from America. Policy Studies 19(2):93-114.
Zoritch B, Roberts I, Oakley A (1998) The health and welfare effects of day-care: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Social Science and Medicine 47(3):317-327.
Oakley A (1998) Gender, methodology and people’s ways of knowing: some problems with feminism and the paradigm debate in social science. Sociology 32 (4):707-731.
Oakley A (1998) People’s ways of knowing. In: Mayall B, Hood S, Oliver S (eds) Critical Issues in Social Research: Power and prejudice. Buckingham: Open University Press, pp.154-170.
Oakley A (2000) Paradigm wars: some thoughts on a personal and public trajectory. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 2 (3):247-254.
Toroyan T, Roberts I, Oakley A (2000) Randomisation and resource allocation: a missed opportunity for evaluating health care and social interventions. Journal of Medical Ethics 26:319-322.
Oakley A (2000) A historical perspective on the use of randomised trials in social science settings. Crime and Delinquency 46(3):315-329.
Oakley A (2000) Experiments in Knowing: Gender and method in the social sciences. Cambridge: Polity Press. (New York: The New Press.)
Oakley A (2001) Evaluating health promotion: methodological diversity. In: Oliver S, Peersman G (eds) Using Research for Effective Health Promotion. Buckingham: Open University Press, pp.16-31.
Oakley A (2001) Making evidence-based practice educational: a rejoinder to John Elliott. British Educational Research Journal 27(5):575-576.
Sheldon T, Oakley A (2002) Why we need randomised controlled trials In: Duley L, Farrell B (eds) Clinical Trials. London: BMJ Publishing, pp.13-24.
Oakley A (2002) Interviewing women: a contradiction in terms? In: Kourany JA (ed.) The Gender of Science. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, pp.136-152.
Oakley A (2002) Social science and evidence-based everything: the case of education. Educational Review 54(3):277-286.
Bonell C, Bennett R, Oakley A (2003) Sexual health interventions should be subject to experimental evaluation. In: Stephenson J, Imrie J, Bonell C (eds) Effective Sexual Health Interventions: Issues in experimental evaluation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.3-16.
Oakley A (2003) Randomized controlled trial. In: Lewis-Beck M, Bryman A, Futing Liao T (eds) The Sage Encyclopaedia of Social Science Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, Cal.: Sage Publications.
Oakley A (2003) Research evidence, knowledge management and educational practice: early lessons from a systematic approach. London Review of Education 1(1):21-33,
Oakley A, Strange V, Toroyan T, Wiggins M, Roberts I, Stephenson J (2003) Using random allocation to evaluate social interventions: three recent UK examples. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 589:170-189.
Oakley A, Wiggins M, Turner H, Rajan L, Barker M (2003) Including culturally diverse samples in health research: a case study of an urban trial of social support. Ethnicity and Health 8(1): 29-39.
Stephenson JM, Oakley A, Johnson AM, Forrest S, Strange V, Charleston S, Black S, Copas A, Petruckevitch A, Babiker A (2003) A school-based randomized controlled trial of peer-led sex education in England. Controlled Clinical Trials 24 (5): 643-657.
Oakley A (2004) Interviewing women: a contradiction in terms (and a subsequent exchange with Joanna Malseed), and Who’s afraid of the randomized controlled trial? Some dilemmas of the scientific method and ‘good’ research practice’. In: Seale C (ed.) Social Research Methods: A reader. London: Routledge, pp.261-268 and pp. 510-518.
Stephenson JM, Strange V, Forrest S, Oakley A, Copas A, Allen E, Black S, Ali M, Monteiro H, Johnson AM and the RIPPLE study team (2004) Pupil-led sex education in England (RIPPLE study): cluster-randomised intervention trial. The Lancet 364: 338-346.
Wiggins M, Oakley A, Roberts I, Turner H, Rajan L, Austerberry H. Mujica R, Mugford M (2004) The Social Support and Family Health Study: a randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of two alternative forms of postnatal support for mothers living in disadvantaged inner city areas. Health Technology Assessment Monograph 8(32).
Toroyan T, Oakley A, Laing G, Roberts I, Mugford M, Turner J (2004) The impact of day care on socially disadvantaged families: an example of the use of process evaluation within a randomized controlled trial. Child: care, health and development, 30 (6): 691-8.
Thomas J, Harden A, Oakley A, Oliver S, Sutcliffe K, Rees R. Brunton G. Kavanagh J (2004) Integrating qualitative research with trials in systematic reviews: an example from public health. British Medical Journal 328:1010-1012.
Oakley A (2004) Qualitative research and scientific inquiry (Editorial). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 28(2): 102-4.
Oakley A (2005) Design and analysis of social intervention studies in health research. In Bowling A, Ebrahim S (eds) Handbook of Health Research Methods. Maidenhead, Berks.: Open University Press, pp. 246-265.
Thomas J, Sutcliffe K, Harden A, Oakley A, Oliver S, Rees R, Brunton G, Kavanagh J (2005) The barriers to, and the facilitators of, healthy eating among children: findings from a systematic review. In Cameron N, Norgan N, Ellison GTH (eds) Childhood Obesity: Contemporary issues. CRC Press: New York, pp.223-250.
Shepherd J, Harden A, Rees R, Brunton G, Garcia J, Oliver S, Oakley A (2005) Young people and healthy eating: a systematic review of research on barriers and facilitators. Health Education Research online 26 October.
Oliver S, Harden A, Rees R, Shepherd J, Brunton G, Garcia J, Oakley A (2005) An emerging framework for including different types of evidence in systematic reviews for public policy. Evaluation 11(4):428-446.
Turner H, Wiggins M, Austerberry H, Oakley A (2005) Use of postnatal community services: RCT evidence. Community Practitioner 78(1):11-15.
Bonell C, Allen E, Strange V, Copas A, Oakley A, Stephenson J, Johnson A (2005) The effect of dislike of school on risk of teenage pregnancy: testing of hypotheses using longitudinal data from a randomised trial of sex education. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 59:223-230.
Brunton G, Thomas J, Harden A, Rees R, Kavanagh J, Oliver S, Shepherd J, Oakley A (2005) Promoting physical activity amongst children outside of physical education classes: a systematic review integrating intervention studies and qualitative studies. Health Education Journal 64(4):323-338.
Oakley A, Gough D, Oliver S, Thomas J (2005) The politics of evidence and methodology: lessons from the EPPI-Centre. Evidence and Policy 1(1):5-31.
Oakley A (2006) Resistances to new technologies of evaluation: education research in the UK as a case study. Evidence and Policy 2(1):61-86.
Oakley A (2006) Ethnicity and research evaluating health interventions: issues of science and ethics. In: Nazroo JY (ed.) Health and Social Research in Multiethnic Societies. London: Routledge, pp.142-164.
Bonell C, Oakley A, Hargreaves J. Strange V, Rees R (2006) Assessment of generalisability in trials of health interventions: suggested framework and systematic review. British Medical Journal 333:346-349.
Oakley A, Strange V, Bonell C, Allen E, Stephenson J (2006) Process evaluation in randomised controlled trials of complex interventions. British Medical Journal 332:413-416.
Strange V, Allen E, Oakley A, Stephenson J, Bonell C, Johnson A and the Ripple Study team (2006) Integrating process with outcome data in a randomised controlled trial of sex education. Evaluation 12 (3):330-352.
Rees RW, Garcia J, Oakley A (2007) Consent in school-based research involving children and young people: a survey of research from systematic reviews. Research Ethics Review 3 (2):35-39.
Stephenson J, Strange V, Allen E, Copas A, Johnson A, Bonell C, Babiker A, Oakley A and the RIPPLE Study Team (2008) The long term effects of a peer led sex education programme (RIPPLE): a cluster randomised trials in schools in England, PloS Medicine, November 5 (11) e1224:0001-12.
Harden A, Fletcher A, Oakley A (2009) Teenage pregnancy and social disadvantage: systematic review integrating controlled trials and qualitative studies. British Medical Journal 339:b4254 doi:10.1136/bmj.b4254.
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Oakley A (2009) Fallacies of fact and fiction. Feminism & Psychology 19(1):118-122.
Oakley A (2010) The social science of biographical life-writing: some methodological and ethical issues. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 1-15, doi: 10.1080/13645571003593583.