Laura ClancyPhD student
I am a PhD student in Sociology, with a particular focus on Cultural Studies. I am interested in issues around social class, wealth inequality, representation, celebrity culture and gender.
The Meaning of Monarchy: Representation, Class Power and Media Culture in the House of Windsor
My doctoral research is 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. In particular, 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.
My PhD is joint-funded by the AHRC and the ESRC.
Gender and Women Studies 101 (2014-2016)