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The Pornography of Benefits Street; Comments on Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times by Prof Sarah Green

Professor Sarah Green works in Helsinki, having moved from Manchester last August to the faculty of Social Sciences to teach and do research on Social and Cultural Anthropology. Green’s field of study, borders and border dynamics has led her to question old theories on the matter. Green sees borders more as a phenomenon that is in the minds and realities of the people who move and stay put. “I prefer to talk about interfaces rather than borders,” she says.

Here are her comments on Imogen Tyler’s Keynote lecture “Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times” which was given as the Annual Lecture for The Sociological Review on 20 February 2015. She was one of the guest speakers and reflected the importance of the content:

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Podcast: Classificatory Struggles; Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times by Dr Imogen Tyler

Dr Imogen Tyler talks about “Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times” for the Sociological Review Annual Lecture.   This lecture was kindly shared via the Ragged University after getting permission from the journal and the speaker.

The content of the talk is to unpack the problems surround the portrayal of poverty and disembodiment of the term class from discourse.  Starting with an analysis of popularly dubbed ‘poverty porn’ she then spends time rooting down into what language is used in reportage and what concepts are helpful to deconstruct the Neoliberal cultural shifts we are seeing today. Read more