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Dr Stephanie Joyce Ann Taylor

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • stephanie.taylor

Research interests

My research employs a narrative-discursive approach to explore identification and a complex gendered subject, following theoretical and methodological work in narrative and discursive psychology. I have conducted research projects on identities of relationship to place, including national identities, and contemporary creative work and creative identities. I am currently developing a new project on home-based working and the life/work merge.

My most recent books are What is Discourse Analysis? (Bloomsbury, 2013), Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Creative Industries, with Mark Banks and Rosalind Gill (Routledge, 2013) and Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work, with Karen Littleton (Ashgate, 2012). I am currently co-editing an edited collection Gender and Creative Labour with Rosalind Gill and Bridget Conor.

Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Workwas developed from three research projects which I conducted (as PI) with Karen Littleton, including a project for the National Arts Learning Network. It explores the meanings, aspirations and practical difficulties associated with a creative identification. It investigates the difficulties and attractions of creative work as a personalized, affect-laden project of self-making, perpetually open and oriented to possibility, uncertain in its trajectory or rewards.

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 (June 2012) and the UK, including at the ESRC Research Methods festival in Oxford (2011, 2012) http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/video/stats.php

I am Associate Editor (Book Reviews) for the Journal Feminism & Psychology. I am a member of the Psychosocial strand of the CCIG Research Centre, the Social Psychology Research Group and the Feminist Reading Group. I am also an affiliate of CRESC at the Open University. I am an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.

Selected research publications and links

S.Taylor (in press) A response to Martyn Hammersley ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse research’ Qualitative Research

S. Taylor (2013) ‘The lived experience of a contemporary creative identification’ in J.Chan and K.Thomas (eds)  Handbook of Research on Creativity Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

S.Taylor and K.Littleton (2013) ‘Negotiating a contemporary creative identity’ in D.Ashton and C.Noonan (eds) Cultural Work and Higher Education Palgrave Macmillan.

S. Taylor and K. Littleton (2012) Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work Farnham: Ashgate.

S. Taylor (2012) '''One participant said…': The implications of quotations from biographical talk', Qualitative Research 12(4): 388–401

S. Taylor (2012), 'The Meanings and Problems of Contemporary Creative Work', Special Issue on 'Creativity and Creative work in Contemporary Working Contexts' edited by K.Littleton, S.Taylor and A.Eteläpelto, Vocations and Learning 5(1): 41–57 (DOI) 10.1007/s12186-011-9065-6

Taylor, S. (2011), 'Negotiating oppositions and uncertainties: gendered conflicts in creative identity work', Feminism & Psychology 21(3): 354–371.

S.Taylor (2010) Narratives of Identity and Place London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-48047-5

S.Taylor and K.Littleton (2008) 'Art work or money: Conflicts in the construction of a creative identity' The Sociological Review56(2), p.275–292.

S.Taylor and K.Littleton (2008) Creative Careers and Non-Traditional Trajectories National Arts Learning Network. ISBN: 978 0 9559473 1 5

S.Taylor and K.Littleton (2006) 'Biographies in talk: A narrative-discursive research approach' Qualitative Sociology Review Vol II Issue 1

Selected teaching publications

S.Taylor (2013) What is discourse analysis? London: Bloomsbury Academic. . ISBN: 978-1780938493/ 978-1849669030

S.Taylor (2009) ‘Identities in everyday life: Who do we think we are?’ in S.Taylor, S. Hinchliffe, J.Clarke and S.Bromley (eds) Making Social Lives, The Open University.

S.Bromley, J.Clarke, S.Hinchliffe and S.Taylor (eds) (2009) Exploring Social Lives, The Open University.

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

Teaching interests

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students in psychology, social sciences and research methods.

I currently teach on the second-level module Exploring psychology (DSE212), I am a member of the production team for the new module Living Psychology (DD210) and I teach Qualitative Research (Module B1) on the university’s full-time inter-faculty Research Masters programme. I authored the chapter on Identities (Understanding Social Lives, Chapter 1) for the new Level 1 module (DD102). My previous teaching includes contributions to the production of the Level 1 modules Introducing the social sciences (DD101/DD131/DD132), the Level 3 module Social psychology (DD307) and the postgraduate modules Ethnography (D844) (for which I authored the materials) and Discourse Analysis (D843).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Social Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject (2015)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) (pp. 8-21)
Researching the Psychosocial: An Introduction (2015)
Taylor, Stephanie and McAvoy, Jean
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) (pp. 1-7)
A response to Martyn Hammersley ‘On the ethics of interviewing for discourse research’ (2014-10)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research, 14(5) (pp. 542-548)
Creative Britain (2014-08)
Taylor, Stephanie
The Psychologist, 27(8) (pp. 590-593)
‘Rogue’ Social Workers: The Problem with Rules for Ethical Behaviour (2014)
Weinberg , Merlinda and Taylor, Stephanie
Critical Social Work, 15(1) (pp. 74-86)
The meanings and problems of contemporary creative work (2012)
Taylor, Stephanie
Vocations and Learning: Studies in Vocational and Professional Education, 5(1) (pp. 41-57)
Special issue introduction: Creativity and creative work in contemporary working contexts (2012)
Littleton, Karen; Taylor, Stephanie and Eteläpelto, Anneli
Vocations and Learning, 5(1) (pp. 1-4)
'One participant said…’: The implications of quotations from biographical talk (2012)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research, 12(4) (pp. 388-401)
One participant said...': the implications of quotations from biographical talk (2012)
Taylor, Stephanie
Qualitative Research, 12(4) (pp. 388-401)
Negotiating oppositions and uncertainties: Gendered conflicts in creative identity work (2011-08)
Taylor, Stephanie
Feminism & Psychology, 21(3) (pp. 354-371)
Book review: Angela McRobbie The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change (2010)
Taylor, Stephanie
Feminism & Psychology, 20(4) (pp. 564-567)
Art work or money: Conflicts in the construction of a creative identity (2008-05)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
Sociological Review, 56(2) (pp. 275-292)
Choice and chance: negotiating agency in narratives of singleness (2007)
Reynolds, Jill; Wetherell, Margie and Taylor, Stephanie
Sociological Review, 55(2) (pp. 331-351)
Biographies in talk: a narrative-discursive research approach (2006-04)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
Qualitative Sociology Review, 2(1) (pp. 22-38)
Narrative as construction and discursive resource (2006)
Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 16(1) (pp. 94-102)
Identity Trouble and Opportunity in Women’s Narratives of Residence (2005-12)
Taylor, Stephanie
Auto/Biography, 13(3) (pp. 249-265)
Self-narration as rehearsal: A discursive approach to the narrative formation of identity (2005)
Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 15(1) (pp. 45-50)
Narrating singleness: life stories and deficit identities (2005)
Reynolds, Jill and Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 15(2) (pp. 197-215)
A place for the future?: Residence and continuity in women’s narratives of their lives (2003-04)
Taylor, Stephanie
Narrative Inquiry, 13(1) (pp. 193-215)
Places I remember: Women's talk about residence and other relationships to place (2001)
Taylor, Stephanie
Auto/Biography, 9(1-2) (pp. 33-40)
Rewriting the past: some factors affecting the variability of personal memories (2000-09)
Anderson, Stephen J.; Cohen, Gillian and Taylor, Stephanie
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 14(5) (pp. 435-454)
A suitable time and place: Speakers' use of 'time' to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life (1999-03)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
Time and Society, 8(1) (pp. 39-58)
Reminiscence and ageing (1998-09)
Cohen, Gillian and Taylor, Stephanie
Ageing and Society, 18(5) (pp. 601-610)
Doing national construction work: discourses of national identity (1995)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
Sites: A Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies, 30(Autumn) (pp. 69-84)
What is Discourse Analysis? (2013-06-20)
Taylor, Stephanie
'What is?' Research Methods Series
ISBN : 978-1-78093-849-3 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
Contemporary identities of creativity and creative work (2012-08-01)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
ISBN : 978-1-409426677 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, Surrey
Narratives of identity and place (2010-10)
Taylor, Stephanie
ISBN : 978-0-415-48047-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Creative Careers and Non-traditional Trajectories (2008-06)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
ISBN : 978-0-9559473-1-5 | Publisher : National Arts Learning Network | Published : London, UK
Psychosocial research (2016)
Taylor, Stephanie J. A.
In: Gough, Brendan ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology ((In Press))
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Fact and evaluation in racist discourse revisited (2016)
Dixon, John and Taylor, Stephanie
In: Tileagă, Cristian and Stokoe, Elizabeth eds. Discursive Psychology: Classic and contemporary issues. Explorations in Social Psychology (pp. 271-288)
ISBN : 978-0-415-72160-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Gender and Creative Labour: Introduction (2015-05-26)
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
In: Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Gender and Creative Labour. Sociological Review Monograph Series (Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 1-22)
ISBN : 978-1-119-06239-4 | Publisher : Wiley
A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy (2015-04)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Gender and Creative Labour. Sociological Review Monograph Series (Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 174-187)
ISBN : 978-1-119-06239-4 | Publisher : Wiley
Identity Construction (2015)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Tracy, Karen ed. International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction . Wiley-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication (pp. 1-9)
ISBN : 978-1-118-61110-4 | Publisher : John Wiley & Sons, Inc | Published : Hoboken New Jersey
Discourse analysis (2014)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 449-457)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
Discursive psychology (2014)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 463-467)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
Place (2014)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 1408-1410)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
The lived experience of a contemporary creative identification (2013-11-29)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Chan, Janet and Thomas, Kerry eds. Handbook of Research on Creativity (pp. 175-184)
ISBN : 978-0-85793-980-7 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd | Published : Cheltenham
Negotiating a contemporary creative identity (2013-09-20)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton , Karen
In: Ashton, Daniel and Noonan, Caitriona eds. Cultural Work and Higher Education (pp. 154-171)
ISBN : 9781137013934 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Introduction: Cultural work, time and trajectory (2013)
Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
In: Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries. CRESC (pp. 1-16)
ISBN : 978-0-415-50233-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Identity (2013)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 933-936)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5582-0 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York
New creative careers: the problems of progression and uncertainty (2011-01)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
In: Shaw, Jenny; Wise, Jan and Rout, Amelia eds. Research in the Lifelong Learning Networks (pp. 52-57)
Publisher : Lifelong Learning Networks National Forum | Published : York
Creative careers and non-traditional trajectories (2011)
Taylor, Stephanie and Littleton, Karen
In: Bhagat, Dipti and O'Neill, Peter eds. Inclusive Practices, Inclusive Pedagogies: Learning from Widening Participation Research in Art and Design Higher Education (pp. 266-271)
ISBN : 978-0-9559473-4-6 | Publisher : CHEAD/UKADIA | Published : London
'A suitable time and place: speakers' use of 'time' to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life (2009)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
In: Harrison, Barbara ed. Life Story Research. SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods
ISBN : 9781412935883 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
A suitable time and place: speakers’ use of ‘time’ to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life (2008)
Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
In: Harrison, Barbara ed. Life Story Research. Sage Benchmarks in Research Methods Series
ISBN : 978-1412935883 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Narrative as construction and discursive resource (2007)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Bamberg, Michael ed. Narrative – State of the Art. Benjamins Current Topics 6 (pp. 113-122)
ISBN : 978 90 272 2236 7 | Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company | Published : Amsterdam
Identity trouble and place of residence in women's life narratives (2005)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Kelly, N.; Robinson, D.; Horrocks, C. and Roberts, B. eds. Narrative, Memory and Everyday Life (pp. 97-106)
ISBN : 1 86218 075 X | Publisher : University of Huddersfield | Published : Huddersfield
Researching the social: an introduction to ethnographic research (2002)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Taylor, Stephanie ed. Ethnographic Research: A Reader (pp. 1-12)
ISBN : 761973923 | Publisher : SAGE Publications | Published : London
Locating and conducting discourse analytic research (2001)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor, Stephanie and Yates, Simeon J. eds. Discourse as Data: A Guide for Analysis (pp. 5-48)
ISBN : 761971572 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd. | Published : London
Evaluating and applying discourse analytic research (2001)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor , Stephanie and Yates, Simeon J. eds. Discourse as Data: A Guide for Analysis (pp. 311-330)
ISBN : 0 7619 7157 2 | Publisher : Sage and The Open University | Published : London
Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries (2013)
Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds.
CRESC
ISBN : 978-0-415-50233-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Discourse as Data: A Guide to Analysis (2001)
Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor, Stephanie and Yates, Simeon eds.
ISBN : 9780761971573 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, U.K.
Discourse Theory and Practice: A Reader (2001)
Wetherell, Margaret; Taylor, Stephanie and Yates, Simeon J. eds.
ISBN : 9780761971559 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London
Mentoring and creative careers (2008)
Littleton, K. and Taylor, S.
In : EARLI-SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development Conference (August 2008, Jyvaskyla, Finland)
Looking ahead: time, money, relatedness and the shape of a creative life (2007)
Taylor, S. and Littleton, K.
In : 3rd Tampere Conference on Narrative (Jun 2007, Tampere, Finland)
Eccentric artists: An analysis of the identity work of women novices (2006)
Taylor, S. and Littleton, K.
In : 6th Annual Narrative Conference (Apr 2006, University of Huddersfield)
'Trouble' in art and design students' creative identity work (2006)
Littleton, K. and Taylor, S.
In : EARLI-SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development Conference (Oct 2006, Heerlen, The Nethelands)
Constructions of national identity and the nation: the case of New Zealand/Aotearoa (1997)
Taylor, Stephanie Joyce Ann
PhD thesis The Open University