My research employs a narrative-discursive approach to explore identification and a complex gendered subject, following theoretical and methodological work in narrative and critical discursive psychology. I have conducted research projects on identities of relationship to place, including national identities, and the subjectivities linked to contemporary creative work and creativity.
My current research looks at the changing meanings and values attached to work and a contemporary worker subject. My new edited collection (with Susan Luckman) The new normal of working lives: critical studies in contemporary work and employment, 2018, is published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the COST Dynamics of Virtual Work series. The collection features research from eleven countries and was developed partly from the stream 'Reconceptualising Work' that I led at the WORK2015 in Turku, Finland. I led a stream with the same theme at WORK2017. In 2018 I take this work forward as co-I in the Jean Monnet-funded project 'Creative Industries and the Digital Economy as Drivers of EU Integration and Innovation'.
Related recent publications are the 2015 special issue and Sociological Review Monographs collection Gender and Creative Labour, co-edited with Bridget Conor and Rosalind Gill, including my article/chapter '‘A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy’. Another co-edited collection Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Creative Industries, with Mark Banks and Rosalind Gill (Routledge, 2013) was re-published in paperback in 2017.
Recent research publications with a methodological focus are the 2017 chapter 'Psychosocial research' in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology, and the article ‘Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject’ in the 2015 special issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology: Researching the Psychosocial . I am also author of the textbook What is Discourse Analysis? (Bloomsbury, 2013). I am currently writing the Flagship chapter on 'Discourse Research' for the new Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods.
My 2012 co-authored monograph Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work (with Karen Littleton) was developed from three research projects on which I was PI, including a project for the National Arts Learning Network. The book explores the meanings, aspirations and practical difficulties associated with a creative identification. It investigates the attractions and conflicts of creative work as a personalized, affect-laden project of self-making, perpetually open and oriented to possibility, uncertain in its trajectory or rewards. I also discuss my research on creativity in my August 2014 article in The Psychologist.
My book Narratives of Identity and Place (Routledge, 2010) explores the importance of place-related identities in affluent contemporary societies, like the UK, in which it is usual for people to change residence and break the connections of birth, family and childhood which conventionally provided a link between place and identity. In particular, I look at the difficulties of constructing a plausible narrative of personal history and continuity which can provide a connection to place. I suggest that this ‘identity work’ is problematic for women because conventional narratives of origins and nativeness are strongly gendered, including through traditional and idealized notions of family.
I have presented my innovative work on research methods and conducted methodology workshops in Turkey, Switzerland, Finland, Ireland (2012, 2014) and the UK, including at the OU and at the ESRC Research Methods festival in Oxford (2011, 2012) http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/video/stats.php http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/video/stats.php. In 2018 I will be presenting in Denmark and Norway.
I am a member of the CUSP research group in the School of Psychology, FASS. I am an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.
Selected recent presentations
August 2017 The future worker: an emerging account? As part of the 'Reconceptualising work' stream, WORK2017, Turku, Finland.
June 2017 Co-organiser and 'round table' moderator for the Creative Labour in Transition seminar, King’s College London, 29/06/17. Funded by CMCI at KCL and the Centre for German European Studies SPBU-Bielefeld University.
April 2017 Invited panel member at seminar 'Spatial Reconfigurations of Work in Cities, University of Portsmouth 20th and 21st April. Funded by Urban Studies Foundation.
December 2016 Presentation in Qualitative Expertise at Southampton (QUEST) seminar "One post said ...": Curating comments as data in digital contexts. Paper 'The evidence of ordinary people' 8/12/16 http://www.quest.soton.ac.uk/training/onepostsaid.php
October 2016 Presentation in workshop Creative labour revisited: cultural production in distinct institutional environments supported by NRU Higher School of Economics and the Centre for German and European studies, St. Petersburg – Bielefeld. National Research University Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg.
September 2016 A contemporary worker subject and worker citizen as leader and organiser of symposium 'Towards a social psychology of contemporary citizenship', British Psychological Society Social Section Conference, Cardiff University 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2016.
Selected recent research publications
S. Taylor (2018) 'Beyond Work? New expectations and aspirations' in Taylor, S. and Luckman, S. (eds) The new normal of working lives: critical studies in contemporary work and employment Palgrave Macmillan
S. Taylor (2017) 'Psychosocial research' in Gough, B. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology Palgrave Macmillan
J. Dixon and S.Taylor (2015) ‘Fact and evaluation in racist discourse revisited’ in Tileaga, C. and Stokoe, E (Ed.), Discursive Psychology: Classic and Contemporary Issues. London: Routledge
S.Taylor (2015) Conceptualising creativity http://www.intelligenthq.com/resources/conceptualising-creativity/
S.Taylor (2015) ‘Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject’, Qualitative Research in Psychology 12(1)
S.Taylor (2015) ‘A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy’ The Sociological Review 63: SI (174-187)
B.Conor, R.Gill and S.Taylor (2015) ‘Gender and Creative Labour’ The Sociological Review 63: SI (1-22)
S.Taylor (2015) ‘Identity construction’ in K.Tracy (ed) International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction Wiley-Blackwell The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction ISBN 978-1-118-61110-4
I am presentation chair for the new Level 3 module Advancing Social Psychology (DD317), after co-chairing the production with Eleni Andreouli. The module blog can be accessed here: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/view.php?u=sjt38
My other work on the current psychology programme includes contributions to Living Psychology (DD210), Investigating Psychology 2 (DE200) and Investigating Psychology 3 (DE300). I also wrote the chapter on Identities for the Level 1 module Understanding Social Lives (DD102).
My previous OU teaching includes contributions to psychology, social sciences and research methods module presentation and production including: Qualitative Research (Module B1) on the full-time inter-faculty Research Masters programme; Introducing the Social Sciences (DD101/DD131/DD132); Social psychology (DD307) and the postgraduate modules Ethnography (D844), for which I authored the materials, and Discourse Analysis (D843), for which I co-edited the textbooks.
Selected teaching publications
S. Taylor (2017) 'Changing people, changing times? Questions for social psychology in the 21st century' and ' New workers as contemporary subjects' in E. Andreouli and S.Taylor (eds) Advancing social psychology Milton Keynes The Open University
S. Taylor (2014) 'Identities' in J.Clarke and K.Woodward Understanding Social Lives 2 Milton Keynes The Open University ISBN 978 178 00 7853 3
S.Taylor (2013) What is discourse analysis? London: Bloomsbury Academic ISBN: 978-1780938493/ 978-1849669030
S.Taylor (2006) ‘Critical Readings in Social Psychology: An introduction’ and ‘Attitudes’ in D.Langdridge and S.Taylor (eds) Critical Readings in Social Psychology Open University Press.
S.Taylor (ed) Ethnographic Research: A Reader, London, Sage and The Open University.
S. Taylor (2001) 'Conducting Discourse Analytic Research' and 'Evaluating and Applying Discourse Analytic Research' in M.Wetherell, S.Taylor and S.Yates Discourse as Data: A Guide for Analysis, London, Sage and The Open University.
M.Wetherell, S.Taylor and S.Yates (2001) Discourse Theory and Practice, London, Sage and The Open University.
|Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)||Centre||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)||Centre||Faculty of Social Sciences|
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