Revolting Subjects

Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain

Imogen Tyler

Description

Imaginative and original, Revolting Subjects introduces a range of new insights into neoliberal societies, and will be essential reading for those concerned about widening inequalities, growing social unrest and social justice in the wider global context.
Revolting Subjects is a groundbreaking account of social abjection in contemporary Britain, exploring how particular groups of people are figured as revolting and how they in turn revolt against their abject subjectification. The book utilizes a number of high-profile and in-depth case studies - including 'chavs', asylum seekers, Gypsies and Travellers, and the 2011 London riots - to examine the ways in which individuals negotiate restrictive neoliberal ideologies of selfhood. In doing so, Tyler argues for a deeper psychosocial understanding of the role of representational forms in producing marginality, social exclusion and injustice, whilst also detailing how stigmatization and scapegoating are resisted through a variety of aesthetic and political strategies.

Imaginative and original, Revolting Subjects introduces a range of new insights into neoliberal societies, and will be essential reading for those concerned about widening inequalities, growing social unrest and social justice in the wider global context.

Author Bio

Imogen Tyler is a senior lecturer in sociology and co-director of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Lancaster University. Her recent publications include a special issue of Citizenship Studies on the theme of `Immigrant Protest` (2013) and a book Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (2014).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: revolting subjects
  • 1. Social abjection
  • 2. The abject politics of British citizenship
  • 3. The asylum invasion complex
  • 4. Naked protest: maternal politics and the feminist commons
  • 5. The Big Society: eviction and occupation
  • 6. Britain and its poor
  • 7. The kids are revolting
  • Afterword

Reviews

'This brilliant and exciting book is a work of immense significance. Rigorous, lucid, original, packed with insights and burning with passion, Revolting Subjects confirms Imogen Tyler as one of the most important writers in cultural studies and sociology today.'
Rosalind Gill, King's College

'Tyler's brilliant autopsy of abject processes lays bare a state apparatus in which human disposability and waste are shown to be the enabling conditions for neoliberal governance.'
Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia

'Passionate, furious and full of hope, Imogen Tyler offers her readers a devastating analysis of governance through stigma, as well as a manifesto for survival, solidarity and revolt. A must read for activists, analysts and those in danger of despair.'
Rachel Thomson, University of Sussex

'In this brilliant book Imogen Tyler explores the new political and psychosocial landscapes of the UK. She charts the emergence of new, precarious, political collectives and the co-option of protest against neoliberal hegemonies.'
Margaret Wetherell, emeritus professor, The Open University

'Imogen Tyler has given us a powerful and deeply moving account of how social abjection is produced, lived, and resisted in contemporary Britain.'
Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University, author of Alienhood: Citizenship, Exile, and the Logic of Difference

'A brilliant must-read book.'
Yvette Taylor, London South Bank University

Details

Publication Date: 11 April 2013
264 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848138513
Hardback: 9781848138520
eBook ePub: 9781848138544
eBook PDF: 9781848138537
eBook Kindle: 9781780325040

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