‘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
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.
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).