I am a Professor in Sociology at Lancaster University. In 2014 I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize to undertake a new project on stigma and inequality provisionally entitled Rethinking the Sociology of Stigma. I will be on research leave and away from the University for two years from 15/8/2015- 1/9/2017 working on this new project. The wordpress site for this project is here.
I am currently editing (with Tom Slater) a Sociological Review monograph on the Sociology of Stigma (forthcoming 2018) and a single authored book on Stigma is also underway.
You can find a full list of my publications here
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.
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, racism, disability 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 which is housed in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster. I have recently edited, with Katarzyna Marciniak (Ohio University) a special issue of Citizenship Studies on `Immigrant Protest`(2013) and a book Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (New York: SUNY, 2014). 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.