Laura Clancy

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Previous Education

BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University. MA Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University

Thesis Title

The Meaning of Monarchy: Representation, Class Power and Media Culture in the House of Windsor


Prof. Imogen Tyler and Dr. Bruce Bennett

Research Summary

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. Adopting a cultural studies approach (Hall et al, 2013), this project is concerned in particular with the role of the monarchy in naturalizing powerful classed and gendered hierarchies through popular culture. Cultural studies is concerned with ‘the history of the present’ (Berlant, 1997:4) and offers a useful conceptual framework through which to consider what representations of the British royal family reveal about power and inequality in the contemporary period. In particular, this paper will explore 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 organization of British social, political and cultural life.

Research interests

Inequality, class, elites, monarchy, gender, feminism, celebrity, cultural studies

Book Reviews

The British Monarchy on Screen, by Mandy Merck (ed.). Visual Culture in Britain, online first, May 2016

Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture, Second Edition, by David P. Marshall. Celebrity Studies 6(4), Sept 2015

The Welfare State Reader, Third Edition, by Christopher Pieterson, Francis G. (eds.).

Sociological Review, 62(4) Nov 2014

Blog posts

‘It’s quite right that we go royal’: Monarchism, national imaginaries and the Great British Bake Off’. Celeb Youth, November 2016 –

‘William and Kate – and Canada’s complex relationship with the crown’. The

Conversation, September 2016 –

‘‘Clean for the Queen’: Toryism, Elitism and Austerity’. Sociological Imagination,

March 2016 –

‘When Ant and Dec Met the Prince: The Royal Family, Ordinariness and the Elites’,

with Dr. Kim Allen. Celeb Youth, February 2016 –

‘Who told Prince Charles he could be Head of the Commonwealth?’. The

Conversation, November 2015 –

‘Baby’s first photo call: how the royals learned to act normal’. The Conversation, May 2015 –