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Professor Samantha Punch


Professor of Sociology, University of Stirling, United Kingdom



My research interests are within the sociology of childhood and youth, with a recent focus on mindsport education. As an international bridge player who has represented Scotland since 2008, I am currently developing the sociology of mindsport as a new field of research. The project, Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) explores the social interactions and dynamics of serious leisure, including intergenerationality, emotions, identities and gendered inequalities (see BAMSA has a new research project on bridge, youth and schools. Twitter: @punch4S47 @bridgemindsport



Punch, S. (2021) Bridge at the Top: Behind the Screens, Toronto: Master Point Press.

Punch, S. and Vanderbeck, R. (eds) (2018) Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations, Vol. 5 of Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Springer Major Reference Work in Geographies of Children and Young People. Singapore: Springer.

Punch, S. and Tisdall, K. (eds) (2014) Children and Young People’s Relationships: Learning Across Majority and Minority Worlds, London: Routledge. 114p

Punch, S., McIntosh, I. and Emond, R. (eds) (2011) Children's Food Practices in Families and Institutions, London: Routledge. 95p.

Panelli, R. , Punch, S. and Robson, E. (eds) (2010) Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives, London: Routledge. 266p.

Punch, S. (2002) Research with Children: The same or different from research with adults? Childhood 9 (3): 321-341

Punch, S. (2002) Interviewing Strategies with Young People: The ‘Secret Box’, Stimulus Material and Task-based activities Children & Society 16: 45-56


Sociology of childhood, researching with children, mindsport education, sociology of bridge
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