I am a PhD student in Sociology at Lancaster University, funded by the ESRC and the AHRC. My doctoral research is concerned with the ways in which the contemporary British monarchy is represented in media culture, and the cultural meanings and ideologies circulating through monarchical imaginaries. My project is concerned in particular with the role of the monarchy in naturalizing powerful classed and gendered hierarchies through popular culture, and will consider how discourses of classed power in Britain are manifest in the (re)production and (re)appropriation of images of the royal institution; and what the quotidian construction, mediation and consumption of these images reveals about the organisation of British social, political and cultural life.
Buckingham Palace’s announcement that Prince Philip is retiring in the autumn is a masterclass in triggering media spectacle. Media industries around the world instantly went into meltdown over what is actually a fairly minor revelation: a 96-year-old man will retire. But following the event as it unfolded on May 4 was deeply revealing of the […] Read more