Professor Imogen Tyler

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

I am a social theorist and sociologist. My teaching and research is concerned with social inequalities (of multiple kinds), power, injustice and resistance.

A Philip Leverhulme Prize (2015-2018) is supporting my current research project on stigma and power. The major outcomes of this project are: a Sociological Review monograph 'The Sociology of Stigma' (2018); a single-authored book 'Stigma Machines' (Zed, 2019); a series of peer-reviewed journal articles; and a collaboration with the graphic artist Charlotte Bailey on a zine of my essay 'From Stigma Power to Black Power'.

I am currently developing two new research projects:

  • "Deportation Nation" examines the genealogy of "Hostile Environment" policies vis a vis citizenship and migration. Linked to this, from June 2019 I will be mentoring Wellcome Trust Research Fellow Dr Gwyenth Lonergan in her 3-year project on ‘Migrant Women's Experiences of Maternity Care’.
  • "After Austerity" considers the future of social provision in the context of the erosion of the post-WWII British Welfare State.

In 2017, Dr Tracey Jensen and I developed and taught a new final yr. UG course, Welfare States: Histories and Futures, which was awarded a faculty prize for student experience in 2018.

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

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

Selected Publications Show all 89 publications

The hieroglyphics of the border: racial stigma in neoliberal Europe
Tyler, I.E. 15/06/2018 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 41, 10, p. 1783-1801. 19 p.
Journal article

Benefits broods: the cultural and political crafting of anti-welfare commonsense
Jensen, T., Tyler, I. 11/2015 In: Critical Social Policy. 35, 4, p. 470-491. 22 p.
Journal article

Classificatory struggles: class, culture and inequality in neoliberal times
Tyler, I. 05/2015 In: The Sociological Review. 63, 2, p. 493–511. 19 p.
Journal article

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

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

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 .

Resituating Erving Goffman: From Stigma Power to Black Power
Tyler, I.E. 07/2018 In: The Sociological Review. 66, 4, p. 744-765. 22 p.
Journal article

From Revolting Subjects to Stigma Machines
Tyler, I.E. 10/08/2017
Other contribution

Lesbian brides: post-queer popular culture
McNicholas Smith, K.M., Tyler, I.E. 2/02/2017 In: Feminist Media Studies. 17, 3, p. 315-331. 17 p.
Journal article

Democratic Fascism
Tyler, I.E. 21/11/2016
Other contribution

80 years of war against workfare
Tyler, I.E. 14/09/2016 The Precariat, p. 24. 1 p.

In a world of commonplace horrors, how do we talk about the refugee crisis?
Tyler, I.E., Loyd, J. 1/12/2015 Open Democracy