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Dr Laura Clancy

ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship

Laura Clancy

Bowland North



Research overview

I am an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociology department. My research focuses on issues around social class and wealth inequality and in particular I consider how inequalities are represented in media culture. My PhD analysed the contemporary British monarchy (1953-present) in order to understand its economic, political, social and cultural functions. It argued that the monarchy is overlooked "elite studies", which understates the role of inherited wealth and “old” forms of political and institutional power in reproducing economic and cultural advantage, and proposes we cannot talk about inequalities in Britain today without talking about the monarchy. 

Thesis Title

The (Family) Firm: Representation and Power in the British Monarchy

Thesis Outline

My doctoral research was concerned with the ways in which the contemporary British monarchy is represented in media culture, and the cultural meanings and ideologies circulating through monarchical imaginaries. Using a cultural studies approach (Hall et al, 2013), I am concerned in particular with the role of the monarchy in naturalizing powerful classed and gendered hierarchies through popular culture. I explore how discourses of classed power in Britain are manifest in the (re)production and (re)appropriation of images of the royal institution; and what the quotidian construction, mediation and consumption of these images reveals about the organization of British social, political and cultural life.

Research Grants

I am currently funded by the ESRC as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

My PhD was joint-funded by the AHRC and the ESRC.

Current Teaching

Co-convenor, GWS101 Gender and Women's Studies (2018-2019)

Convenor, SOCL230 Bodies in Society (2017-2019)

Co-convenor, SOCL314 Feminism and Social Change (2018-2019)

Lectures on 'discourse analysis', MCS923 Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies (2018-2019)

Media and Cultural Studies 101 (2016-2017, 2018-2019)

Television, Culture and Society (2017-2018)

Gender and Women Studies 101 (2014-2016)

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