The BSA has expressed its sadness at the recent death of Dr Jo Woodiwiss.
Dr Woodiwiss was a Reader in Sociology and Youth Studies at the University of Huddersfield, with a background in women’s and gender studies.
Her research interests lay at the intersections of childhood sexuality, LGBT+ young people, and experiences of childhood sexual abuse, with a particular interest in the use of narratives and stories in everyday life.
She was the author of Contesting Stories of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2009), which explored the role women play in constructing their own sexual abuse narratives based on what they define as continuous or recovered memories.
She also co-edited Feminist Narrative Research: Opportunities and Challenges (2017), which combined narrative and research to provide examples of feminist narrative studies.
Dr Woodiwiss was deeply committed to sociology as a discipline, and the BSA in particular, being a member since 2000, a convenor of the Families and Relationships Study Group from 2014 to 2018, and served on the Sociology Associate Board and then on the Editorial Board between 2010 and 2023.