Professor Andrew Blaikie

Professor Andrew Blaikie
Professor Andrew Blaikie
Professor Andrew Blaikie


Emeritus Professor


Current Research





1988          A. Blaikie, 'Ageing and the Future of the Welfare State: a British Perspective', Gerontologia, 2 (4), pp. 273-87.

1990          A. Blaikie, 'The Emerging Political Power of the Elderly in Britain, 1918-1948', Ageing and Society, 10 (1), pp. 17-39.

1992          A. Blaikie, 'Whither the Third Age? Implications for Gerontology', Generations Review, 2 (1), pp. 2-4.           

1993          A. Blaikie, 'Images of Age: A Reflexive Process', Applied Ergonomics Special Issue: Ageing and Our Future Selves, 24 (1), pp. 51-57.

 1994          A. Blaikie, 'A Kind of Loving: Illegitimacy, Grandparents and the Rural Economy of Northeast Scotland, 1750-1900', Scottish Economic and Social History, 14, pp. 41-57.

 1994          A. Blaikie, 'Photographic Memory, Ageing and the Life Course', Ageing and Society, 14 (4), pp. 479-97.                 

 1994          A. Blaikie, 'Druggets and Uglies, Crotal and Cailleachan: Remembering the Recent Past', Northern Scotland, 14, pp.135-45.

 1994          A. Blaikie, 'Ageing and Consumer Culture: Will We Reap the Whirlwind?', Generations Review, 4 (4), pp. 5-7.

 1995          A. Blaikie, 'Photographic Images of Age and Generation', Education and Ageing, 10 (1), pp. 5-15.                             

 1995          A. Blaikie, 'Motivation and Motherhood: Past and Present Attributions in                     the Reconstruction of Illegitimacy', Sociological Review,43 (4), pp. 641-                    57.

 1997          A. Blaikie, 'Age Consciousness and Modernity: The Social Reconstruction                  of Retirement', Self, Agency and Society, 1 (1), pp. 9-26.

 1997          A. Blaikie, 'Beside the Sea: Visual Imagery, Ageing and Heritage', Ageing                   and Society 17 (6), pp. 629-48.                                         

 1998          A. Blaikie, 'Infant Survival Chances, Unmarried Motherhood and Domestic Arrangements in Rural Scotland, 1845-1945', Local Population Studies, 60, pp. 34-46.

 1998          A. Blaikie, 'Scottish Illegitimacy: Social Adjustment or Moral Economy?',                   Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XXIX (2), pp. 221-41.

 1998          A. Blaikie, 'Unhappy After Their Own Fashion: Infant Lives and Family                      Biographies in Southwest Scotland, 1855-1939', Scottish Economic and                        Social History, 18 (2), pp. 95-113.

 1999           A. Blaikie, 'Can There Be a Cultural Sociology of Ageing?', Education and Ageing, 14 (2), pp. 127-39.

 1999          A. Blaikie, 'Ageing: Old Visions, New Times?', The Lancet 2000 Millennium Supplement, The Lancet, Volume 354, Supplement 4, December 1999, siv 3.

  2000          A. Blaikie, 'Migration and Cultural Identity: Within and Beyond the Nation', Northern Scotland, 20, pp. 179-88.

  2001          A. Blaikie, 'Photographs in the Cultural Account: Contested Narratives and Collective Memory in the Scottish Islands', Sociological Review, 49 (3), pp. 345-67.

2001         A. Blaikie, 'Problems with "Strategy" in Micro-Social History: Families and Narratives, Sources and Methods', Family and Community History, 4 (2), pp. 85-98.

2002          A. Blaikie, 'On the Rock of Ages', Generations Review, 12 (1), pp. 11-13.

 2002         A. Blaikie, 'Household Mobility in Rural Scotland: The Impact of the Poor Law after 1845', Scottish Tradition/International Review of Scottish Studies,27, pp. 23-41.

 2002          A. Blaikie, 'Nuclear Hardship or Variant Dependency? Households and the Scottish Poor Law', Continuity and Change, 17 (2), pp. 253-80.             

2002            A. Blaikie, 'Coastal Communitiesin Victorian Scotland: What Makes Northeast Fisher Families Distinctive?', Local Population Studies, 69, pp. 15-31.

 2005          A. Blaikie, 'Accounting for Poverty: Conflicting Constructions of Family Survival in Scotland, 1855-1925', Journal of Historical Sociology, 18 (3), pp. 202-26.

 2006          A.Blaikie, 'Soundtrack of Our Lives', Generations Review, 16 (1), pp. 2-5.

 2006         A.Blaikie, 'Photography, Childhood and Urban Poverty: Remembering          ''The Forgotten Gorbals''', Visual Culture in Britain, 7 (2), pp. 47-68.

  2007         A. Reid, R. Davies, E. Garrett and A. Blaikie, 'Vulnerability among Illegitimate Children in Nineteenth Century Scotland', Annales de Démographie Historique, No. 111, 2006/1, Les populations vulnérables (II),  pp. 89-113.

  2010           A. Blaikie, 'Homeless Minds, Imagined Nations, Peripheral Visions: Hugh MacDiarmid and Allen Curnow', Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 4 (1), pp. 65-78.

  2010         A. Blaikie,'Nuclear Hardship or Variant Dependency? Households and the Scottish Poor Law', Continuity and Change,25 (November) - 25th volume anniversary collection (Special Issue of 'classic papers' selected by the Editors)

  2011         A. Blaikie, 'Imagining the Face of a Nation: Scotland, Modernity and the Places of Memory', Memory Studies, 4 (4), pp. 416-31.

 2013          A. Blaikie, 'History, Sociology, Modernity: How Connect? ', Scottish Historical Review, XCII, Supplement: No. 234, 'The State of Early Modern and Modern Scottish Histories', pp. 70-82.

 2013          A. Blaikie, 'Image and Inventory: Picture Post and the British View of Scotland, 1938-1957', International Review of Scottish Studies, 38, pp. 11-49.

 2015           A. Blaikie, 'The English and Scottish Journeys of J.B. Priestley and Edwin Muir', The JB Priestley Society Journal, 16, pp. 34-44.

 2015           A. Blaikie, 'Legacies of Perception: the Forgotten Places of Twentieth-Century Scotland', Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 39 (1)(Special Issue: ‘Landscapes, Places of Memory, Subversive Spaces, and Boundary Crossings’), pp. 64-91.



1994          A. Blaikie, Illegitimacy, Sex and Society: Northeast Scotland, 1750-1900  (Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press and Oxford University Press).  268 + xvi pp.  Hardback.

                   [Nominated for Philip Abrams Memorial Prize, British Sociological                             Association]


1999                A. Blaikie, Ageing and Popular Culture (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press).  247 + xi pp.  Hardback and paperback.


2010                A. Blaikie, The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press and New York: Columbia University Press).  262 + ix pp.  Hardback. (Paperback edition 2013).

                   [Shortlisted for Saltire Society National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Award]




2000          L. McKie and N. Watson, with A. Blaikie and L. Ryan, Organising Bodies: Institutions, Policy and Work (London: Macmillan).

2003         A. Blaikie, M. Hepworth, M. Holmes, A. Howson, D. Inglis and S. Sartain (eds), The Body Routledge Critical Concepts (London: Routledge) (5 Volumes).




1986          A. Blaikie and J. Macnicol, 'Towards an Anatomy of Ageism: Society, Social Policy and the Elderly between the Wars', in C. Phillipson, M. Bernard and P. Strang, eds, Dependency and Interdependency in Old Age: Theoretical Perspectives and Policy Alternatives (London: Croom Helm), pp. 95-104.

 1987          A. Blaikie, 'Monsters Within: Child Abuse in Modern English History', in G. Drewry, ed., After Beckford?  Essays on themes related to Child Abuse, (Egham: Department of Social Policy, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Social Policy Papers), pp. 1-8.

1989          A. Blaikie and J. Macnicol, 'Ageing and Social Policy: A Twentieth Century Dilemma', in A. M. Warnes, ed., Human Ageing in Later Life: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, (London: Edward Arnold), pp. 69-82.

1989          J. Macnicol and A. Blaikie, 'The Politics of Retirement, 1908-48', in M. Jefferys, ed., Growing Old in the Twentieth Century, (London: Routledge), pp. 21-42.  

1990          A. Blaikie, 'Rhetoric and Reality: Class-Based Attitudes to Sexual Behaviour in Nineteenth Century Scotland', in The Role of the State and Public Opinion in Sexual Attitudes and Demographic Behaviour since the Eighteenth Century,  (Paris: Commission Internationale de Démographie Historique),  pp. 5-14.

1991          J.A.D. Blaikie, 'The Country and the City: Sexuality and Social Class in Victorian Scotland', in G. Kearns and C. W. J. Withers, eds, Urbanising Britain: Essays on Class and Community in the Nineteenth Century, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 80-102.  

1991          J. Macnicol and A. Blaikie, 'The Politics of Retirement, 1908-48', in M. Jefferys, ed., Growing Old in the Twentieth Century, (Second Edition, London: Routledge), pp. 21-42.

1993          A. Blaikie, 'The Pensioners' Movement: Federation, Consolidation and Fragmentation, 1938-48', in Britain', in J. Johnson and R. Slater, eds, Ageing and Later Life (London: Sage Publications in association with The Open University), pp. 188-92 (Open University set text).

1995          A. Blaikie, 'Interpreting the Photographic Record: Readings, Biographies,              Contexts', in C. Hummel and C. J. Lalive d'Epinay, eds, Images of Aging           in Western Societies (Geneva: University of Geneva), pp. 231-46.

 1996          A. Blaikie, 'From "Immorality" to "Underclass": The Current and Historical Context of Illegitimacy', in J. Weeks and J. Holland, eds, Sexual Cultures: Communities, Values and Intimacy (London: British Sociological Association / Macmillan), pp. 115-36.

 1996           A. Blaikie, ' "The Map of Vice in Scotland": Victorian Vocabularies of Causation', in J. Forrai, ed., Civilization, Sexuality and Social Life in Historical Context: The   Hidden Face of Urban Life (Budapest: SOTE University Press / Új-Aranyhíd Kft.), pp. 117-32.

 1997           A. Blaikie and M. Hepworth, 'Representations of Old Age in Painting and Photography', in A. Jamieson, S. Harper and C. Victor, eds, Critical Approaches to Ageing and Later Life (Buckingham and Philadelphia: Open University Press), pp. 102-17.

2000           A. Blaikie, ‘Illegitimacy’, in Clifton D. Bryant (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Vol. III: Sexual Deviance [N. Davis and G. Geis (eds)], (New York and London: Taylor and Francis/ Brunner/Mazel), pp. 168-72 [4, 000 words].

2000          A. Blaikie, 'People in the City', in W. H. Fraser and C. H. Lee, eds, Aberdeen, 1800-2000: A New History (East Linton: Tuckwell Press), pp. 47-73.

2002          A. Blaikie, 'Using Documentary Material: Researching the Past', in                            A. Jamieson and C. Victor, eds, Researching Ageing and Later Life: The  Practice of Social Gerontology (Buckingham and Philadelphia: Open University Press), pp. 35-50.

 2002          A. Blaikie, 'The Secret World of Subcultural Ageing: What Unites and What Divides?', in L. Andersson, ed., Cultural Gerontology (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press), pp. 95-110.

 2003          A. Blaikie with M. Hepworth, M. Holmes, A. Howson, and D. Inglis, 'The Sociology of the Body: Genesis, Development and Futures', GeneralIntroduction in eid. (and S. Sartain), The Body Routledge Critical Concepts (London: Routledge) (5 Volumes), Vol. 1, pp. 1-23.

 2004          A. Blaikie, 'It’s a Wonderful Life? Cultures of Ageing', in E. B. Silva and T. Bennett, eds, Contemporary Culture and Everyday Life (Durham: SociologyPress), pp. 149-65.

2004          Extract from A. Blaikie (1999), Ageing and Popular Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) reproduced in P. Rayner (2004) Media Studies: The Essential Resource (London: Routledge), pp. 50-54 (Reprint).

 2004          Blaikie, ‘The Search for Ageing Identities’, in S. O. Daatland and S. Biggs (eds), Ageing and Diversity: Multiple Pathways and Cultural Migrations (Bristol: Policy Press), pp. 79-93 (Paperback edition 2006).

 2005          A. Blaikie, 'Imagined Landscapes of Age and Identity', in G. J. Andrews and D. R. Phillips, eds, Ageing and Place (London: Routledge), pp.  164-75.

 2005          A. Blaikie, E. Garrett and R. Davies, ‘Migration, Living Strategies and Illegitimate Childbearing: A Comparison of Two Scottish Settings, 1871-1881’, in A. Levene, S. Williams and T. Nutt, eds, Illegitimacy in Britain, 1700-1920 (London: Palgrave), pp. 141-67.

2005          A. Blaikie and P. Gray, 'Archives of Abuse and Discontent?  Presbyterianism and Sexual Behaviour during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries', in L. Kennedy and R. Morris, eds, Order and Disorder: Scotland & Ireland, 1600-2001 (Edinburgh: John Donald/Birlinn), pp. 61-84.

 2006          A. Blaikie, 'Visions of Later Life: Golden Cohort to Generation Z', in J. Vincent, C. Phillipson and M. Downs, eds, The Futures of Old Age (London: Sage), pp. 12-19.

 2007          J.A.D. Blaikie, 'The Country and the City: Sexuality and Social Class in Victorian Scotland', in G. Kearns and C. W. J. Withers, eds, Urbanising Britain: Essays on Class and Community in the Nineteenth Century, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 80-102 (Paperback re-issue).

2010           A. Blaikie, 'Rituals, Transitions and Life Courses in an Era of Social Transformation', in C. A. Whatley and E. A. Foyster, general eds, Everyday Life in Scotland c. 1200 to the Present Day, Vol. 3: 1800-1900 (eds T. Griffiths and G. Morton) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), pp. 89-115.

 2013          A. Blaikie, 'Photography', in A. Fenton and M.A. Mackay, eds, Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology.  Vol. 1: An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology (Edinburgh: John Donald), pp. 541-61.


 A. Blaikie, Framing Modern Scotland: Visual Narratives of the Twentieth Century (Edinburgh and New York: Edinburgh University Press and New York: Columbia University Press - 80, 000 words monograph).

 A. Blaikie, 'How to See the Highlands: The Emergent Ecology of the Scottish Field, 1940-1970',


 A. Blaikie, 'Back to School', Pensions and Employee Benefits, September 1988, pp. 36-7.

 A. Blaikie, 'A Fresh Map of Life', Centre for Health and Retirement  Education Newsletter, No. 16, Summer 1990, p. 1 (lead article).

 A. Blaikie, 'Family Fall-Out', The Times Higher Education Supplement, 4 March 1994, p. 18.


 A. Blaikie and J. Macnicol, 'Society, Social Policy and the Elderly, 1918-1948', ESRC End of Award Report, July 1987 (Award Reference Number GO1 25 0016).


 A. Blaikie, 'Social Welfare and Local Administration in Northeast Scotland: Pauperism and Illegitimacy', 1843-1894', Queen Mary College Working Papers in Geography, No.1 (1983) 20pp.


A. Blaikie, 'A Moveable Feast?  Malthus Yesterday and Today, International Congress of Historical Demography, Paris-UNESCO, 27-29 May 1980', Area, 12 (4) (1980), pp. 331-32.

A. Blaikie and D. Green, 'Historical Geography at the Institute of British Geographers', Journal of Historical Geography, 7 (2), (1981), pp. 183-86.

A.Blaikie, 'The Old in a New World, XIVth. International Congress of Gerontology, Acapulco International Center, Mexico, 18-23 June 1989', Generations, (1989), pp. 25-6 

A.Blaikie, 'IVth. European Congress of Gerontology, Reports from Berlin, 7-11 July 1999', Generations Review, 9 (3), (1999), pp. 15-16.


 A. Blaikie and J. Macnicol, 'An Anatomy of Ageism', The Gerontologist, Vol. 26 (1986), 85a.

 A. Blaikie, 'Popular Culture, Photography and the Ageing Body', Sociological Abstracts, Suppl. 182 (1998), p. 83.

 A. Blaikie, 'Towards a Cultural Sociology of Aging', Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 32 (2) (1999), p. 77.

 photohistorica, 56/57 (1994), 7853.

 Several abstracts in Population Index.


 'Rutina eläkemenojen maksusta on turhaa', Aamulehti, 14 November 1987, p. 13.

 'Det selektive minnet til Skottland', interview with Ragnar Skre, Dag og Tid, 43, 26 October 2002, pp. 14-15.

'Desert Island Discourse', Network, 87, Summer 2004, pp. 30-32.