Dr Katharine Tyler

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Lecturer (Anthropology)

My research contributes to two areas in social anthropology and the inter-disciplinary field of critical race studies, namely, whiteness studies and everyday understandings of genetics, genealogy and ethnicity. My work is founded upon reflexive, multi-sited, residential ethnographic fieldwork within urban, suburban and semi-rural locales of Britain. I have published articles and books on the following themes: whiteness and social class; the idea of the English village as a classed and racialised space; the formation of interracial (mixed-race) identities; race and the new genetic technologies with reference to the new reproductive technologies; ethnicity, the state and collective action; Englishness, whiteness and the legacies of Empire.

Publications

Books

With C. Degnen (eds.) (2017, in proof) Reconfiguring the Anthropology of Britain: Ethnographic, Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, the Sociological Review Monograph and to be published as an issue of the Sociological Review, 65(1) Sage

 

Tyler, K. (2012) Whiteness, Class and the Legacies of Empire: On Home Ground, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

 

With Petersson, B. (eds.) (2008) Majority Cultures and the Everyday Politics of Ethnic Difference: Whose House is This? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

 

Articles

With C. Degnen (2017, in proof) ‘Amongst the disciplines: anthropology, sociology, intersection, and intersectionality’ in Reconfiguring the Anthropology of Britain: Ethnographic, Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited by Degnen and Tyler, the Sociological Review Monograph, and the Sociological Review 65(1), Sage. 

 

With C. Degnen (2017, in proof) ‘Bringing Britain into Being: sociology, anthropology and British lives’ in Reconfiguring the Anthropology of Britain: Ethnographic, Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited by Degnen and Tyler, the Sociological Review Monograph, and the Sociological Review 65(1) Sage.

 

Tyler, K (2016) ‘The suburban paradox of conviviality and racism in postcolonial Britain’ pre-print published on Taylor & Francis Online. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

 

Tyler, K (2015) ‘Attachments and connections: a “white working class” English family’s relationships with their BrAsian “Pakistani” neighbours, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38    (7), 1169-84.

 

Tyler, K. (2012) ‘The English village, whiteness, coloniality and social class’, Ethnicities, 12 (4) 427-44

 

Tyler, K. (2011) ‘New ethnicities and old classities: respectability and diaspora’, Social Identities 17 (4) 523-42

 

Tyler, K. (2009) ‘Whiteness studies and laypeople’s engagements with race and genetics’, New Genetics and Society 28 (1) 35-48

 

Tyler, K. (2008) ‘Ethnographic approaches to race, genetics and genealogy’, Sociology Compass 2 (5) 1860-77

 

Tyler, K. (2007) ‘Streetville Forever’: collective action, ethnicity and the state’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 14 (5) 579-602

 

Tyler, K. (2005) ‘The genealogical imagination: the inheritance of interracial identities’, The Sociological Review 53 (3) 475-94

 

Tyler, K. (2004) ‘Racism, tradition and reflexivity in a former mining town’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 27 (2) 290-309

 

Tyler, K. (2003) ‘The racialised and classed constitution of English village life’, Ethnos 68 (3) 391-412

 

Tyler, K. (2010) ‘Baltuju etniskumo dekolonizavimas: domejimasis genetikos mokslu’ (‘Decolonising white ethnicity: postcolonial engagements with genetic science’). In Socialine Antropologija Ethnografija Ir Biotechnologija. Edited by Aukusole Cepaitiene. University of Vilnius Press, pp. 105-17

 

Tyler, K. (2008) ‘Debating the rural and the urban: majority white racialised discourses on the countryside and the city’. In Majority Cultures and the Everyday Politics of Ethnic Difference: Whose House is This? Petersson and Tyler (eds) pp. 75-93

 

Tyler, K. (2008) ‘Majority cultures and the everyday politics of ethnic difference’. In Majority Cultures and the Everyday Politics of Ethnic Difference: Whose House is This? Petersson and Tyler (eds) pp.1-14

 

Petersson, B. and Tyler, K. (2008) ‘The making and breaking of difference: concluding thoughts’. In Majority Cultures and the Everyday Politics of Ethnic Difference: Whose House is This? Petersson and Tyler (eds) pp. 226-37 (co-written with Petersson)

 

Tyler, K. (2007) ‘Race, genetics and inheritance: reflections upon the birth of “black” twins to a “white” IVF mother’. In Race, Ethnicity and Nation: Perspectives from Kinship and Genetics. Edited by Peter Wade, Berghahn Books, pp. 33-51 (republished in paperback in 2009)

 

Tyler, K. (2006) ‘Village people: race, nation, class and the community spirit’. In The New Countryside? Ethnicity, Nation and Exclusion in Contemporary Rural Britain. Edited by Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman, Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 129-48


Tyler, K (2014) ‘White bound: nationalists, antiracists, and the shared meanings of race’, by Matthew Hughey, Ethnic and racial studies, 37 (10) 2014, 1986-89

 

Tyler, K. (2009) ‘The Everyday Language of White Racism’, by Jane H. Hill, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15 (4) 860-1

 

Tyler, K. (2008) ‘A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain’, by N. Ali, V. Kalra and S. Sayyid (eds). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 14 (1) 204-6

 

Tyler , K. (2005) Reflections on ‘Local Democracy and the Race-relations Amendment Act’, Left Curve 29 112-13

 

Tyler , K. (2002) ‘A Phenomenology of Working Class Experience’ by Simon Charlesworth, The Sociological Review 50 (2) 303-6

 

Tyler, K. and O. Jensen (2009) Communities within communities: a longitudinal approach to minority/ majority relationships and social cohesion, ESRC

 

With Jensen O.  (2009) Communities within communities: reflections on belonging, ethnicity and neighbourhood relations, a twenty-page booklet summarising key findings for ‘user’ dissemination and impact

 

Tyler, K. (2005) ‘Comprehénsion publique des notions de race et de génétique: au apercu des résultats d’une récente recherché au Royaume-Uni’ (see also English translation: ‘A summary of findings of a project that examined public understandings of race and genetics in the UK’), Bulletin of L’Observatoire de la Génétique, Centre de bioethique, Montreal