| United Kingdom|
| Sociology, Criminology|
| 20 December 1948 (age 67) (1948-12-20) |
University of Manchester
The study of relationships and personal lives
Barry Smart, Allan Cochrane, Julia Brophy, John Clarke, Bren Neale
Feminism and the power of l, Women - crime - and criminology, Law - crime and sexuality, Family fragments?, Relative Strangers: Family Lif
University of Sheffield
Carol Smart Wikipedia
Carol Christine Smart CBE (born 20 December 1948) is a feminist sociologist and academic at the University of Manchester. She has also conducted research about divorce and children of divorced couples.
Smart is an important figure within the feminist criminology world. Her book titled Women, Crime and Criminology, written in 1976, remains a key feminist critique of criminology. Smart is also the co-director of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at Manchester.
Smart began her academic career by studying sociology at Portsmouth Polytechnic, which is now Portsmouth University. After completing her BA, she moved on to complete her masters in criminology from the University of Sheffield. She also completed her PhD in Socio-Legal studies also from Sheffield in 1983.
Smart began her teaching career at the then, Trent Polytechnic, (as a lecturer and senior lecturer). After that, she became a professor at the University of Leeds. In 2005, she moved to the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life in the Arthur Lewis Building of the University of Manchester, where she is co-director.
Smart has published works in the areas of criminology, family law and social policy. Her main interests over the last few years have been family life and intimacy and how people conduct their personal lives. Smart has done much research on divorce and separation and how this affects children, the couple and other kin, and on gay and lesbian civil partnerships and their commitment ceremonies. More recently she has been working on 'Relative Strangers', a project which explores the experiences of families with donor-conceived children.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the social sciences.