Catherine Hakim

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Catherine Hakim
Born (1948-05-30)30 May 1948
Nationality United Kingdom
Academic work
Discipline Sociology
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

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.

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.[1] 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[2] and her criticism of many feminist assumptions about women's employment. Her most recent books develop a theory of "erotic capital".[3][4][5] 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.

She is a member of the editorial boards of the European Sociological Review and International Sociology.[6]

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.[6][7][8]

In 2017, Hakim was accused of misogyny after publishing an article which suggested women are to blame for sexual assault.[9]


Selected books[edit]

Selected articles[edit]

  • Hakim, Catherine. "Developing a sociology for the twenty-first century: Preference Theory". British Journal of Sociology 49 (1998): 137–43.
  • Hakim, Catherine. "A New Approach to Explaining Fertility Patterns: Preference Theory". Population and Development Review 29 (2004): 349–374.
  • Hakim, Catherine, 'Women, careers, and work-life preferences', British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 34 (3): 279–294, August 2006.
  • Hakim, Catherine, 'Public morality versus personal choice: the failure of social attitude surveys', British Journal of Sociology, 54: 339–45, September 2003.
  • Hakim, Catherine, `Lifestyle preferences as determinants of women's differentiated labour market careers', Work and Occupations, 29: 428–459, November 2002.
  • Hakim, Catherine, `The politics of female diversity in the 21st century', pp. 191–227 in The Future of Gender (ed) J Browne, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Hakim, Catherine, `Sex differences in work-life balance goals', pp 55–79 in Work-Life Balance in the Twenty-First Century (ed) D Houston, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Hakim, Catherine, `Lifestyle preferences versus patriarchal values: causal and non-causal attitudes', pp. 69–91 in Changing Life Patterns in Western Industrial Societies (eds) J Z Giele and E Holst, Oxford: Elsevier, January 2004.
  • Hakim, Catherine. "Erotic Capital". European Sociological Review, 26:499–518, 2010
  • Hakim, Catherine, 'Women's lifestyle preferences in the 21st century: Implications for family policy' in The Future of Motherhood in Europe (eds) J Schippers, G Beets and E te Velde, Dordrecht NL and Hingham MA: Springer, April 2011.


  1. ^ "Speakers". Why Workplace Flexibility Matters. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Ladislav Rabusic and Beatrice-Elena Chromková Manea. Hakim's preference theory in the Czech context[dead link]. Czech Demography, 2008, Vol. 2
  3. ^ Kate Spicer (17 April 2010). "Catherine Hakim: She's counting up erotic capital". The Times. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Celia Walden (14 April 2010). "Erotic capital". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Bettina Arndt (7 February 2003). "Hakim works on fertile ground". The Age. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Who's who". London School of Economics. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Profiles – Directors of the UK Data Archive". UK Data Archive. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Jack Grove (22 September 2011). "Honey Money not to LSE's Taste". Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Bates, Laura (21 February 2017). "No, wives 'withholding sex' are not to blame for male violence". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Howard Newby
Director of the ESRC Data Archive
Succeeded by
Denise Lievesley