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Revolting Subjects [Kindle Edition]

Imogen Tyler
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Revolting Subjects is a groundbreaking account of social abjection in contemporary Britain, exploring how particular groups are figured as revolting and how they in turn revolt against their subjectification. Utilizing a number of in-depth case studies, including ‘chavs’, asylum seekers, Gypsies and Travellers, and the 2011 London riots, Imogen Tyler argues for a deeper psychosocial understanding of the role of representational forms in producing marginality, social exclusion and injustice. The book also details how stigmatization and scapegoating are resisted through a variety of aesthetic and political strategies. Imaginative and original, Revolting Subjects is essential reading for those concerned about widening inequalities, growing social unrest and social justice.

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'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, London

'Social abjection is notoriously tied to harrowing social disenfranchisement. 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. Tyler's book reveals how such understanding enables abjected subjects to become the animating force for diverse social movements dedicated to reclaiming the principle of the commons across the globe.'
Sneja Gunew, professor of English and women's and gender studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

'A crash course in the politics of disgust and the logic of riot, occupation and exposure. 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, professor of childhood and youth studies, 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. Tyler offers a stunning re-analysis of social abjection. This is just one of this book's crowning achievements. The arguments and analyses will inspire and fascinate all those seeking to understand contemporary social insecurities.'
Margaret Wetherell, emeritus professor, The Open University, and professor of social psychology, The University of Auckland.

'Imogen Tyler has given us a powerful and deeply moving account of how social abjection is produced, lived, and resisted in contemporary Britain. Foregrounding issues of migrant illegality, social class, citizenship, and protest, Revolting Subjects is a forceful return to the best cultural studies tradition, one devoted to impassioned intellectual energy and oppositional politics.'
Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University, author of Alienhood: Citizenship, Exile, and the Logic of Difference

'A brilliant must-read book. Tyler brings an ambitious and unique urgency of voice to the 'revolting subject' of heightened inequalities in neoliberal times. Perspectives of valueless-ness are forcibly shifted with persistent attentiveness and interdisciplinary observance of affect, abjection and disgust; of protest, publics and politics; of youth, parenting and popular (mis)representation. Hard edges of intersecting social divisions sit with a caring call for 'common grounds', to be revolt-ing. Revolting Subjects truely conveys the essence of active, public sociology...' --Professor Yvette Taylor, Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University.

About the Author

Imogen Tyler is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University and is a Leverhulme Research Fellow. She specialises in the area of marginal social identities, a topic which brings together research on asylum, immigration, borders, social class, race, ethnicity, disability, social exclusion, poverty and an ongoing interest in the relationship between social theory and activism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZ759K8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Imogen Tyler is a senior lecturer in sociology and co-director of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Lancaster University. She specializes in the area of marginal social identities, a topic which brings together research on asylum and migration, borders, sexual politics, motherhood, race and ethnicity, disability, social class and poverty. Her work focuses on representation and mediation and the relationship between social theory and activism. Other recent publications include a special issue of Feminist Review (with C. Gatrell) on the theme of 'Birth', a special issue of Studies in the Maternal (with T. Jensen) on the theme of 'Austerity Parenting', a special issue of Citizenship Studies on the theme of `Immigrant Protest` (2013) and a book (with K. Marciniak), Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY, forthcoming).
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is an important book that demands to be read 15 Aug. 2013
This is an important book that demands to be read. The book details and explains why it is that as the neoliberalisation and throw-everything-to-the-market policies increase inequality in Great Britain the media and our politics is becoming increasingly saturated with objects of disgust: the bogus asylum seeker, the chav, the benefit scrounger, gypsies and travellers, and hoodies. Tyler explains how disgust is central to this process, that these groups are represented as `human waste', a drain on society, and this justifies their exile from the benefits of living or claiming asylum in a developed, civilized country.

The book first develops a theory of abjection and then applies this to the cases of asylum seekers, gypsy and traveller people, young people and briefly disabled people. Again and again these media folk devils are created and the waves of antipathy that emerge in society are rode to justify the further retrenchment of policies that continue to exclude and worsen inequality. For example, the behaviour of young people during the riots of 2011, at least some of whom as Tyler notes were jobless and felt marginalised from society, are used to drive forward Workfare policies where the young are forced to work for free. Vilified images of poor people being used to retrench welfare spending. And the cycle goes on.

The various machinations and collusions between politicians and the state and the media to identify those to be made abject and to execute a campaign of vilification are startling. There are huge profits now being made from the asylum complex that are handed over to private companies, and in the media for companies making programmes such as `My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!! 16 Jan. 2015
By Sonya
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Amazing book! A lot truth spoken within this book which Imogen has expressed pretty well. Great read for those interested in summer revolt in London 2011. Bought the book for my research which has played a key within it. 100% recommend this book to all as the will open your eyes and see things differently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars would recommend to everyone 10 May 2015
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one of the most thought-provoking and angering things ive ever read! so important, would recommend to everyone. quick dispatch too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 13 Jun. 2013
By Maria
This thoroughly researched text speaks to any reader. I recommend Revolting Subjects to all interested in feminism, power and the construction of hegemony. I also suggest to anyone not interested in those subjects to read this book because you may enjoy the challenge that this transformative text will bring to you. Revolting Subjects explores modern society and is undoubtedly an informative read with excellent theoretical underpinnings. This book articulates a challenge to the dominant discourses in present UK society. I recommend Revolting Subjects as an absolute must read.
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