Kim Allen is a Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. Kim’s work sits at the intersections of the cultural studies and sociology of education and youth. Her research focuses broadly on inequalities of social class and gender and young people's educational experiences, subjectivities and transitions; youth cultural practices; and representations of class and gender within popular culture. She works with Heather Mendick and Laura Harvey on the ESRC funded project ‘Celebrity and young people classed and gendered aspirations’; and is also principal investigator on the British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant for a new project entitled: Revisiting ‘Blair’s Babies’ in new times: contemporary female subjectivities from New Labour to the Coalition.
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Dr Imogen Tyler is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and co-Director of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Lancaster University. She specialises in the area of marginal social identities, a topic which brings together research on asylum and migration, borders, sexual politics, motherhood, race & ethnicity, disability, social class and poverty. Her work focuses on representation and mediation and the relationship between social theory and activism, see for example her book Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013). Other recent publications include 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 (forthcoming SUNY).
Sara De Benedictis is an ESRC funded PhD student in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her thesis explores the representation of birth in British reality television programmes. Sara is also a research assistant in the Media and Communications department at London School of Economics and interns for MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) network, based in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to starting her PhD, Sara worked for a number of UK women’s organisations in the third sector.