Category: Writing

  • Social Abjection, Disposable Lives and the Politics of Disgust

    Social Abjection, Disposable Lives and the Politics of Disgust

    Social abjection is a ‘revolting concept’ which names but also has the capacity to trouble the symbolic and material forms of violence it describes. It is by employing revolts against abjection as a map or guide that Revolting Subjects attempts to breach open the dustbin of history. The insurgencies of those designated as abject— enable us to…

  • My New Website

    My New Website

    It feels fantastic to be launching a new website today featuring some of my work from over the last decade (and more!). During the pandemic years I was far too busy as a Head of Department at my University, as a mum and as a carer to elderly parents to maintain a website, so I’m really…

  • Connor Sparrowhawk: the erosion of accountability in the NHS

    Connor Sparrowhawk: the erosion of accountability in the NHS

    Imogen Tyler. Re-posted from Open Democracy. Originally published on 4 February 2016. “For me, it’s not a question of saying the NHS is ‘safe in my hands’. Of course it will be. My family is so often in the hands of the NHS. And I want them to be safe there. Tony Blair once explained…

  • Black Lives Matter and Legacies of Slave Ownership in Lancaster: the Bond’s and the Booker Brothers in Guyana

    Black Lives Matter and Legacies of Slave Ownership in Lancaster: the Bond’s and the Booker Brothers in Guyana

    Imogen Tyler. Reposted from Lancaster Black History Group. Originally published on 14 August 2020. This is a photograph of Malena and Temi, both pupils at a local school, participating in a Black Lives Matter Protest on the steps of the Town Hall in Dalton Square, Lancaster, in June 2020. The photograph was taken by their…

  • Democratic Fascism

    Democratic Fascism

    Imogen Tyler. Reposted from The Sociological Review. Originally published on 21 November 2016. If we are to keep the enormity of the forces aligned against us from establishing a false hierarchy of oppression, we must school ourselves to recognize that any attack against Blacks, any attack against women, is an attack against all of us…

  • In a world of commonplace horrors, how do we talk about the refugee crisis?

    In a world of commonplace horrors, how do we talk about the refugee crisis?

    Imogen Tyler & Jenna Loyd. Reposted from Open Democracy. Originally published on 1 December 2015. This is my family.Baba, mama, baby all washed up on the shore. This is 28 shoeless survivors and thousands of bodies.Bodies Syrian, Bodies Somali, Bodies Afghan, Bodies Ethiopian, Bodies Eritrean.Bodies Palestinian. Jehan Bseiso, “No Search, No Rescue”, 2015. Ursula Le Guin’s…

  • Wasted lives in UK immigration detention

    Wasted lives in UK immigration detention

    Imogen Tyler. Re-posted from Open Democracy. Originally published on 2 October 2013. Since it was opened on 19 November 2001, migrants and their activist allies have been campaigning against Yarl’s Wood, a detention centre which holds 900 people and is currently run under contact by the outsourcing giant SERCO. Yarl’s Wood is a human waste…

  • From Tottenham to Baltimore, policing crisis starts race to the bottom for justice

    From Tottenham to Baltimore, policing crisis starts race to the bottom for justice

    Imogen Tyler & Jenna Llyod. Re-posted from The Conversation. Originally published on 1 May 2015. West Baltimore, 8.39 am April 12: Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, stood on the street talking with friends. Police officers approached on bicycles and made “eye contact” with Gray, who then attempted to leave. The police chased him and…

  • The Stigma Politics of Caste

    The Stigma Politics of Caste

    This extract from ‘The Penal Tatoo’, chapter one of Stigma: the Machinery of Inequality, argues that the stigma politics of caste is particularly instructive for understanding how power is inscribed on the body, and the ways in which stigma power is entangled with histories of racial and colonial capitalism.  ‘Even after two decades, the sound…

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