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Professor Imogen Tyler


Imogen Tyler


Tel: +44 1524 594186

Research Interests

In 2014 I was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize to undertake a new project on stigma and inequality provisionally entitled Rethinking the Sociology of Stigma. Pleae note that I will be on research leave and away from the University for two years from 15/8/2015- 1/9/2017. Some of this time will spent overseas.

In 2010 I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and the major outcome of this fellowship was the monograph Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (London: Zed, 2013) which was nominated for the Bread and Roses Prize for Radical Publishing.

I am a social theorist and sociologist of inequalities and borders (of multiple kinds). My research is concerned with social inequalities, power, injustice and resistance. My work examines why inequalities exist, why inequalities are currently growing (for example, patterns of neoliberalism, marketization, privatisation and the erosion of democracy in the transition to postwelfare state formations), the intersections of different histories and forms of inequality (for example, gender, citizenship status, disability). My work is concerned with how inequalities are measured and classified, the ways in which inequalities are reproduced & resisted and the kinds of subjectivities and identities which are constituted through unequal social relations. I draw on a diverse body of scholarship in my work, notably from feminist theory, sociology, media and cultural studies, social and critical theory and political philosophy and I typically bring together and analyse diverse archives of materials, including primary empirical data, policy materials, and a range of cultural materials. It is intersectional research which employs mixed methods and draws together long-standing research interests in migration, internal and external borders, sexual politics, social class, "race" & ethnicity, disability and poverty, and an abiding interest in culture (cultural economies), representation, subjectivity, processes of mediation and political aesthetics.

Alongside work on class, culture, gender and inequality I have published widely in the area of borders, citizenship, migrancy and in 2009 I set up a cross departmental migrancy Research Group at Lancaster University. I have recently edited, with Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio University) a special issue of Citizenship Studies on `Immigrant Protest`(2013) and a book  Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (New York: SUNY, 2014). I have recently completed an ESRC funded project called 'Making Asylum Seekers Legible and Visible: An Analysis of the Dilemmas and Mitigating Strategies of Asylum Advocacy in the UK and US '.  During 2012-2015 I co-organised an ESRC funded series of events ‘Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention‘. The final conference in this series 'The Business of Immigration Detention: Activisms, Resistances, Critical Interventions' took place in Lancaster in Jan 2015.


External Roles

I am external examiner for the BA sociology at the London School of Economics (LSE)

Journal editorial board member

The Sociological Review http://www.thesociologicalreview.com/

Citizenship Studies

European Journal of Cultural Studies http://ecs.sagepub.com/

Feminist Media Studies http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rfms

I was on the advisory board of the ESRC project Celebrity Youth (The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations’).

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