Dr Sally Hester


Sally Hester studied sociology at Bangor University where she developed a keen interest in the sociology of childhood and interactionist methods for the study of children’s lives. Her PhD in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University comprised an ethnographic conversation analysis of family mealtime interaction. She has worked at Edge Hill since 2012 where she has taught on the Early Childhood Studies programme and where her research interests have developed in the field of early childhood education and care. Her current work combines her fascination for the detail of social life with a growing interest in relational sociology, particularly the work of Norbert Elias.


  •  BA (Hons) Sociology, Bangor, 2001.
  • PhD (Sociology) Manchester Metropolitan University, 2007


  • SPY3039: Researching Early Years
  • SPY2032: Cultural Practices and Representations of Childhood and Youth
  • SPY2029: Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care


  • Interactionist methods, early childhood education and care


Hester, S. & Moore, A. (2018) ‘Understanding Children’s Participation through an Eliasian Lens: Habitus as a Barrier to Children’s Everyday Participation Rights’ In: International Journal of Children’s Rights Vol 26 1-23

Francis, D. and Hester, S., (2017) Stephen Hester on the Problem of Culturalism, Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 118, pages 56-63.

Hester, S. (2016) Answering Questions Instead of Telling Stories: Everyday Breaching in a family meal, Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 102: 54-66.

Hester, S., and Moore, A., (2016) ‘Reflections from the classroom: Towards a radical pedagogy for early years practitioners’ Global Studies of Childhood March 6155-166.

Hester, S. and Hester, S. (2015) ‘Descriptions of Deviance: Making the Case for Professional Help’, in B. Dupret and T. Berard (eds) Law at Work, Oxford University Press.

Church, A. and Hester, S. (2012) ‘Conditional Threats in Peer Disputes’, in S. Danby and M. Theobald (eds) Disputes in Everyday Life, ASA/Emerald Press, Special Volume.

Hester, S. and Hester, S. (2012) ‘Category Relations, Omni-relevance and Children’s Disputes, in S. Danby and M. Theobald (eds) Disputes in Everyday Life, ASA/Emerald Press, Special Volume.

Hester, S. and Hester, S. (2012) ‘Categorial Occasionality and Transformation: Analysing Culture in Action’, Human Studies (published in Human Studies Online First 8th March 2012).

Hester, S. and Hester, S. (2010) ‘Conversational Actions and Category Relations: An Analysis of a Children’s Argument, Discourse Studies, 12, 33-48.