Big Questions: How does stigma contribute to social inequalities?

Tuesday 18 August 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Online Event

Open to

Applicants, Postgraduates, Prospective Postgraduate Students, Prospective Undergraduate Students, Staff, Undergraduates


Free to attend - registration required

Registration Info

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Event Details

In this webinar Prof. Imogen Tyler will speak about an important question linked to her new book: How does stigma contribute to social inequalities?

The word stigma originated in Ancient Greece to describe the literal stigmatisation (tattooing) of slaves as a humiliating punishment. Throughout history stigma has been employed by the powerful to dehumanise, scapegoat and oppresses individuals and communities.

In Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality, Imogen radically transforms received understandings of what stigma is, and what stigma is for, by precisely and passionately detailing ways in which stigma has been deployed to capture, discipline and exploit people.

This promises to be a very interesting conversation for those who are concerned about social inequalities, austerity politics, experiences of shame, and how media representations can marginalise particular groups.

All are welcome to join the event, which will be accessible via web browser or Teams app.

The ‘Big Questions’ series of summer seminars is hosted by the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Attendees will be able to submit questions for Bev and Andrew through a text chat space during the event.

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Related reading: Tyler, I. (2020) Stigma: The machine of inequality. Zed: London.


Professor Imogen Tyler

Sociology, Lancaster University


Contact Details

Name Dr Allison Hui