Professorial Lecture Series 2013 – Department of Sport and Physical Education

14th Mar 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

Professor Andy Smith – The Inbetweeners

The popular film and television series, The Inbetweeners, is commonly thought to reflect the reality of contemporary youth lifestyles. But does it? Taking The Inbetweeners as its starting point, Professor Smith reviews sociological evidence from his own research to challenge everyday views of young people’s
lives, especially those offered by politicians and the media. It will be argued that, contrary to popular opinion, many young people’s lives are considerably more complex than we are inclined to think, typically incorporating participation in a range of activities, including sport, alongside some health-inhibiting actions that complement the difficult and complex transitions young people have to make from childhood to adulthood. The lecture concludes by arguing that sociology can help us to better understand the lives of young people and to see how their private troubles can only properly be addressed by recognising that they are, in fact, widely shared public issues in ‘unexciting societies’ such as Britain.

Professor Smith joined Edge Hill University in September 2012, previously holding posts at the University of Chester as Reader in Sociology of Sport and Exercise, and Co-Director of the Chester Centre for Research into Sport and Society. His research interests include youth sport policy and development, the sociology of physical education and school sport, health and disability. He is also Co-Editor of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics and leads the Department’s Social Science of Sport Research Group. Professor Smith is currently researching the sport and leisure careers of university students and the ways in which youth sport socialization influences future participation in sport and physical activity.


  • 5.00pm – Arrival drinks 
  • 6.00pm – Lecture 
  • 7.00pm – Refreshments and networking

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