Professor Imogen Tyler

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

I was recently awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize which is supporting my current research project on stigma, power and inequalities (2016-2018). The major outcomes of this project will be a Sociological Review monograph on 'The Sociology of Stigma' (2017) edited with Tom Slater, and a single-authored book provisonally entitled 'Stigma Nation' (in progress, Zed), along with a series of peer-reviewed journal articles.

In 2014 I was awarded a Lancaster University Staff prize for 'Oustanding Research in the area of Inequalities'

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, a special issue of Citizenship Studies and an edited book on Immigrant Protest (see below).

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) 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.

Selected Publications Show all 82 publications

Immigrant protest: politics, aesthetics, and everyday dissent
Marciniak, K., Tyler, I. 11/2014 New York : SUNY Press. 320 p. ISBN: 9781438453118. Electronic ISBN: 9781438453125.

Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
Tyler, I. 11/01/2013 London : Zed Books. 253 p. ISBN: 9781848138513 .

The business of child detention: charitable co-option, migrant advocacy and activist outrage
Tyler, I., Gill, N., Conlon, D., Oeppen, C. 07/2014 In: Race and Class. 56, 1, p. 3-21. 19 p.
Journal article

Naked protest: the maternal politics of citizenship and revolt
Tyler, I. 25/04/2013 In: Citizenship Studies. 17, 2, p. 211-226. 16 p.
Journal article

Designed to fail : a biopolitics of British Citizenship.
Tyler, I. 02/2010 In: Citizenship Studies. 14, 1, p. 61-74. 14 p.
Journal article

Against abjection.
Tyler, I. 04/2009 In: Feminist Theory. 10, 1, p. 77-98. 22 p.
Journal article

"Chav Mum, Chav Scum" : class disgust in contemporary Britain.
Tyler, I. 03/2008 In: Feminist Media Studies. 8, 1, p. 17-34. 18 p.
Journal article

Immigrant Protest: An Introduction
Tyler, I., Marciniak, K. 25/04/2013 In: Citizenship Studies. 17, 2, 14 p.

Celebrity chav : fame, femininity and social class.
Tyler, I., Bennett, B. 08/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 3, p. 375-393. 19 p.
Journal article

Welcome to Britain: The Cultural Politics of Asylum.
Tyler, I. 05/2006 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 9, 2, p. 185-202. 18 p.
Journal article

Networks of Asylum Advocacy: A Handbook of Ideas, Strategies and Best Practice for Asylum Support Groups in a Challenging Social and Economic Climate
Tyler, I. 2012 Exeter : Exeter University. 45 p.
Other report

Pregnant Beauty : maternal femininities under neoliberalism.
Tyler, I. 01/2011 In: New femininities : postfeminism, neoliberalism and identity. Palgrave 344 p. ISBN: 978-0230223349.

Pramfaced Girls: the class politics of "Maternal TV"
Tyler, I. 2011 In: Reality Television and Class. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 210-224. 15 p. ISBN: 9781844573981 .