Daniel Nehring

Daniel Nehring
Swansea University | SWAN · Department of Criminology Sociology and Social Policy

PhD in Sociology (University of Essex)

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Introduction
My research, at the broadest level, concerns the personal consequencdes of globalisation, rapid social change, and the large-scale transnational mobilisation of social relationships. In this context, I pursue two lines of research. One concerns the rise of psychological explanations of social relationships and social problems and its explanations for alternative, sociologically motivated, accounts of human life. The second is concerned with experiences of transnational mobility among highly-skilled middle-class professionals and attendant issues of social justice. I am originally from Germany, but I studied in the UK, at the University of Essex. Following the completion of my doctorate, I have build a broadly international career. I am currently based in Shanghai.

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In this article, we critically interrogate the relationship between the post-political turn and the psychologisation of social life. It has long been argued that psychologisation, in the form the popularisation of psychotherapeutic discourses and practices and their usage across a range of non-specialist institutional domains, contributes to de-pol...
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In this intervention, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has reconfigured transnational mobilities, connections, and solidarities, which reveals the fragility of transnationalism predicated on cosmopolitan ethics but rooted in nation-level politics. We show that as the pandemic severely disrupted transnational (infra)structures predicated on stat...
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This article charts the transformation, between 1997 and 2021, of the family visa and immigration permit infrastructure from a public into a commercial service in the United Kingdom (UK). In doing so, it reveals a process of state-market hybridisation underpinning the commercialisation of migration regulation. Drawing on the analysis of legal archi...
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This study examines associations between sport/physical activity space, community formation, and social life among Shanghai's highly-skilled migrant demographic. There is limited illustration of roles sports and physical exercise provision and spaces play in this migrant cohort's lives, community formation, and participation in their host societies...
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The Routledge International Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures explores central lines of enquiry and seminal scholarship on therapeutic cultures, popular psychology, and the happiness industry. Bringing together studies of therapeutic cultures from sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, politics, law, history, social work, cultural st...
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We analyse the rise of ‘mindfulness’ in English language media discourses and contextualise it in terms of its expression of a persistent underlying ‘psychological imagination’ in contemporary thinking about social problems. An inversion of C. Wright Mills’ much‐cited sociological imagination, the psychological imagination draws on medical‐scientif...
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Re-examining C.Wright Mills’s legacy as a jumping off point, this original introduction to sociology illuminates global concepts, themes and practices that are fundamental to the discipline. It makes a case for the importance of developing a sociological imagination and provides the steps for how readers can do that. The unique text has a global fr...
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This article examines recent changes in British family migration policy. It explores the reasons for these policy changes. It highlights the fact that these changes have affected the legal, financial, social, and lived experiences of transnational couples. It uses primary research to exemplify these changes. For example, it highlights the fact that...
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The migration of Chinese students to the UK has long been the focus of academic and policy‐making attention. However, what happens to their transnational mobility after their education remains understudied. This article unpacks the migration decision‐making process behind graduates' study‐to‐employment transition. We focus on individuals' on‐going...
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The introduction explores the cultural dynamics of neoliberalism and anti-neoliberal resistance in Latin America. While Latin American neoliberalisms and the regions transition – perhaps temporary – to post-neoliberalism have been extensively debated (Dávila 2012, Flores-Macias 2012, Goodale and Postero 2013), extant research has largely focused on...
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This book builds a fresh perspective on therapeutic narratives of intimate life. Focusing on the question of how popular psychology organises everyday experiences of intimacy, its argument is grounded in qualitative research in Trinidad in the Anglophone Caribbean. Against the backdrop of Trinidad’s colonial and postcolonial history, the authors m...
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This book explores neoliberalism in contemporary Latin America as a set of interrelated cultural forms, offering a transnational and comparative perspective on the ways in which neoliberalism has transformed public discourses of self and social relationships, popular cultures and modes of everyday experience.
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Ongoing conflicts between neoliberal and post-neoliberal politics have resulted in growing social instability in Latin America. This book explores the cultural dynamics of neoliberalism and anti-neoliberal resistance in Latin America as a complex set of interrelated cultural forms, examining the ways in which neoliberalism has transformed public di...
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This article explores popular psychology as a transnational moral grammar. Academic debates have been sharply critical of popular psychology, and they have emphasised its association with neoliberal capitalism’s narratives of social relationships. However, scholarship on popular psychology has focused on the Global Northwest. The transnational diff...
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In this study, we explore intergenerational relationships in Chinese-Western transnational families. Our argument draws on 28 life story interviews with Chinese middle-class professionals and their Western partners in Beijing. In the context of their living arrangements in Beijing, many of these couples had close ties with their Chinese parents or...
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Self-help books aim to empower their readers and deliver happiness and personal fulfilment but do they really live up to this? This book offers a fresh perspective on self-help culture and popular psychology. Research on this subject matter has generally focused on the USA and other societies in the Global Northwest. In contrast, this book explores...
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This article considers cultural hierarchies that may shape practices of dating and partner choice among young women and men in contemporary Beijing. Our research is mainly based on 43 in-depth interviews conducted in Beijing over the past six years. The distinction between Beijingers and waidiren (lit., outsiders) here serves as a framework to exam...
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This analysis explores narratives of love, marriage, and couple relationships among young female professionals from Mexico City. It seeks to address a dearth of knowledge about transformations of intimacy among the middle sectors of Mexican society. In this context, it raises questions about possible trends toward an individualization of intimate l...
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Exploring cultural transformations of intimacy in contemporary Mexico, Intimacies and Cultural Change examines the ways in which globalization and rapid cultural change have transformed the cultural meanings of couple relationships, sexuality, and personal life in Mexican society. Through a range of contemporary case studies, the book sheds light o...
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This qualitative report, Hard Struggles in Times of Change: A Qualitative Study on Masculinities and Gender-Based Violence in Contemporary China, is part of the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific, a regional study on masculinities and gender-based violence coordinated by Partners for Prevention (P4P), a UNDP, UNFPA,...
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This groundbreaking new introduction to sociology is an innovative hybrid textbook and reader. Combining seminal scholarly works, contextual narrative and in-text didactic materials, it presents a rich, layered and comprehensive introduction to the discipline. Its unique approach will help inspire a creative, critical, and analytically sophisticate...
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The principal focus of this article is exploratory. It provides an initial and largely unprecedented examination of therapeutic discourses of intimate life in Mexico. This respective analysis addresses two complementary questions: First, how do the texts reflect recent socio-cultural changes in Mexican society and their impact on the dynamics of co...
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The expansion of the Internet and the proliferation of information technologies have created new opportunities for the sexual abuse of children. Sex offenders use the Internet to access and distribute indecent images of children and to select victims to groom for the purpose of abuse (Davidson & Gottschalk 2010; Martellozzo, 2010; Martellozzo & Tay...
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El presente artículo examina la relación entre los patrones de fertilidad en Estados Unidos y la inmigración hispana a dicho país considerando el impacto de la globalización económica, política y cultural en la transformación de las relaciones de pareja, la intimidad y la reproducción. Se argumenta que los patrones de fecundidad en Estados Unidos d...
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In this article, I explore the narrative construction of sexualities and intimate relationships in the self-help novel Youth in Sexual Ecstasy by Mexican writer Carlos Cuauhtémoc Sánchez. Self-help texts may be understood as being indicative of the reconstitution of the cultural logics of intimate life in relation to processes of modernization and...
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Este ensayo explora las construcciones culturales de las relaciones de género en México. La investigación social se ha interesado recientemente en el análisis y en la explicación de las significativas transformaciones de las relaciones de género ocurridas desde la década de 1970. Sin embargo, la mayor parte de estas investigaciones ha estado orient...

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In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the ways in which psychotherapeutic narratives shape institutions, social processes and lived experiences in everyday life. This network seeks to bring together scholars with a shared interest in these themes, for discussions, events and joint publications. Since its launch in 2017, this network has built a broadly international, interdisciplinary membership, and it has entailed numerous ongoing collaborations, including ongoing work on the Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures (Routledge, in preparation). For more information, see: https://selfhelpculture.weebly.com/
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The Open Minds network brings together scholars in/of East and Southeast Asia who share an interest in the diverse forms and uses of psychological knowledge, and in the interrelation of sociocultural forces and individual psychology. This network connects scholars whose work responds to the rapid expansion of psychotherapeutic services across the region, the global rise of the happiness industry, and the ways in which psychological techniques are shaping contemporary forms of governance. The network also builds on an abiding scholarly interest in the mutual constitution of self and society, including research on family life, socialization, morality, emotion, cognition, individualization, technology, and mental health. The Open Minds network aims to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between academics and between fields of inquiry. We welcome contributions from colleagues across a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, human geography, history, literature and film, cultural studies, media studies, and the neurosciences. By building these connections, the network hopes to support research, teaching, and graduate training in all areas in which social science perspectives can enhance the study of psychotherapy and psychology. For more information, and to join, please see http://www.openminds-easia.net/
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What are the personal consequences of the large-scale mobilisation of human beings in the early 21st century? How are new, transnational personal relationships constituted? How may these relationships become stable and lasting, and how may they become fragile and precarious, in the context of new articulations of social power and new social conflicts that arise in the context of the transnational extension of human life? I address these questions through two related research projects. Both focus on culturally situated experiences of transnational mobility among highly-skilled middle-class professionals. The first project concerns migration experiences and family practices among Chinese-Western transnational families in China and the UK. The second, more recent, project looks at migration experiences, career formation and experiences of personal life among Western academics in China.