Non-Fiction Books

For books co-authored or co-edited with others see full CV.

Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter
'a very important contribution to historical and sociological scholarship...an original and carefully researched corrective to the existing "business as usual" institutional and intellectual history of conflicts and tensions in the development of sociology' (Times Higher Education).




A Critical Woman

Barbara Wootton, social science and public policy in the twentieth century (2011). London: Bloomsbury Academic.
'an immensely readable biography...unputdownable' (Times Higher Education).




Fracture

Adventures of a broken body (2007). Bristol: Policy Press.
'a highly polished essay on the body' (Ageing and Society).




The Ann Oakley Reader

Gender, women and social science (2005). Bristol: Policy Press.
'she is a pioneer in her field' (Times Higher Education).




Gender on Planet Earth

(2002). Cambridge: Polity Press. New York: The New Press, 2003. Themes.
'yet another exceptionally good book' (Acta Sociologica).




Experiments in Knowing

Gender and method in the social sciences (2000). Cambridge: Polity Press. New York: The New Press.
'This book is a tour de force' (Social Policy).




Man and Wife

Richard and Kay Titmuss, my parents' early years (1996). London: HarperCollins. Extract.
'honest, heartfelt, and eye-opening' (British Medical Journal).




Essays on Women, Medicine and Health

(1993). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
'It is one of life's greatest pleasures to watch a smart, creative, playful mind at work' (Women & Health).




Social Support and Motherhood

The natural history of a research project (1992). Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Extract.
'read this book if you are interested in the relation between social stress and health' (British Medical Journal).




Telling the Truth about Jerusalem

Selected essays (1986). Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
'Ann Oakley is the Barbara Cartland of feminist social science' (Tribune).




The Captured Womb

A history of the medical care of pregnant women (1984). Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Extract
'should be compulsory reading for all doctors and midwives' (Health and Social Service Journal).




Taking it Like a Woman

(1984). London: Jonathan Cape. Fontana paperback 1985; Random House, New York. Extract
(1984). London: Jonathan Cape. Fontana paperback 1985; Random House, New York.




Subject Women

(1981). Oxford: Martin Robertson.
'a leading reference source for women's rights' (The Guardian).




Women Confined

Towards a sociology of childbirth (1980). Oxford: Martin Robertson. Extract
'a superb study of what it is like to have a baby in Britain' (New Society).




Becoming a Mother

(1979). Oxford: Martin Robertson. Reprinted as

From Here to Maternity.

Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981. Extract
'a landmark in publications about childbirth...If only this book could be available to all women thinking of launching into pregnancy' (Women Speaking).




Housewife

(1974). London: Allen Lane. Extract
'should be compulsory reading for those people who think that a woman's place is, always was, and ever shall be, in the home' (New Statesman).




The Sociology of Housework

(1974). London: Martin Robertson. Reprinted with new Introduction. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985. Extract


'a unilateral, one-woman attempt to bridge the gap in the sociological literature' (New Statesman).

Sex, Gender and Society

(1972). London: Temple Smith. Reprinted with new Introduction, London: Gower, 1985. Extract
New edition with substantial new introduction. London: Ashgate 2015.
'an excellent book... fills a wide gap in the literature...Scholars will find her perspective challenging and provocative' (Reviews in Anthropology).