On graduating, Cox became a sociology lecturer at the Polytechnic of North London rising to become Principal Lecturer. From 1974 she was head of the Department of Sociology. An Evangelicals Now article sympathetically describes her approach to her discipline: "As a committed Christian she presented a Christian view of Sociology." She was therefore targeted by student movement: "It was a time of student unrest and the students organised demonstrations to disrupt lectures or meetings which they considered anti-Marxist. Cox bore the brunt of this and in 1974 the students passed a vote of no confidence in her." Her background in sociology led her to write books on the subject for nurses.
In 1975, Cox co-wrote (with John Marks and Keith Jacka) The Rape of Reason: The Corruption of the Polytechnic of North London, published by Churchill Press Limited, attacking "Communist activity" at her workplace. She resigned from the Polytechnic in 1977 and was a tutor at the Open University. She was involved in the right-wing thinktank Institute for the Study of Conflict and contributed to its report, the Gould report, on left-wing activism in British universities, in which she focused on "Marxist bias" in the Open University. Following her work on the Gould Report, Cox became a key figure in the New Right associated with Margaret Thatcher, Keith Joseph and Enoch Powell.
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- Champion - Getting to know Baroness Cox, Evangelicals Now, July 2008.
- Martyn Hammersley An Ideological Dispute: Accusations of Marxist Bias in the Sociology of Education During the 1970s, Contemporary British History, Volume 30, 2016 - Issue 2, Pages 242-259 | Published online: 21 December 2015 https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2015.1112275
- Madeleine Arnot, Len Barton Voicing Concerns: sociological perspectives on contemporary education reforms, Symposium Books Ltd, 1 January 1992
- John D. Brewer The Public Value of the Social Sciences: An Interpretive Essay, A&C Black, 23 May 2013
- Jenny Bourne, ‘Anti-racist witchcraft’, IRR News, Institute for Race Relations, 15 January 2015.
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