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Nationality  United Kingdom
Discipline  Sociology
Name  Catherine Hakim

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Born  30 May 1948 (1948-05-30)
Sub discipline  Preference theory, erotic capital
Institutions  Institute for the Study of Civil Society, Centre for Policy Studies, London School of Economics (1990–2011), ESRC Data Archive, Department of Employment
Education  London School of Economics and Political Science
Books  Honey Money: The Pow, Erotic Capital: The Pow, Key issues in women's work, Work‑Lifestyle Choices in the 21st, Models Of The Family In Moder

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Catherine Hakim (born 30 May 1948) is a British sociologist who specialises in women's employment and women's issues. She is currently a Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Civil Society (Civitas), and has formerly worked in British central government and been a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and the Centre for Policy Studies. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the Social Science Research Center Berlin.


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Hakim grew up in the Middle East and moved to the United Kingdom at age 16.

Career and work

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She has published extensively on labour market topics, women's employment, sex discrimination, social and family policy, as well as social statistics and research design. She has published over 100 articles in academic journals and edited collections, and over a dozen textbooks and research monographs. She is best known for developing preference theory and her criticism of many feminist assumptions about women's employment. Her most recent books develop a theory of "erotic capital". and its power in all social interaction, in the workplace, politics and in public life generally as well as in the invisible negotiations of private relationships.

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She is a member of the editorial boards of the European Sociological Review and International Sociology.

She has been Principal Research Officer in the Department of Employment's Social Science Branch for ten years and Director of the ESRC Data Archive from 1989 to 1990. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics between 1990 and 2003, when she chose to resign from this position. However, she continued to be affiliated with the institution where she still had an office, and was listed both as a visiting scholar and as a senior research fellow at the institution's website until 2011.

Sex deficit

In 2017, Hakim was accused of misogyny after publishing an article which suggested women are to blame for sexual assault. The article bases its argument on a research paper published in 2015 which evaluated 30 sex surveys globally and claimed that, since the 1960s sexual revolution, women’s sexual motivation and interest has decreased, causing what Hakim calls a “male sexual deficit”. This, it is argued, can help explain why sexual harassment, sexual violence, rape, rising demand for commercial sexual services and other behaviours are almost exclusively male. She has argued that the sex deficit also derives from men having a higher sex drive than women.


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