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Dr Stephanie Taylor

Profile summary

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

Research interests

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.

My current research looks at the changing meanings and values attached to work. My new edited collection (with Susan Luckman) The new normal of working lives: critical studies in contemporary work and employment will be published this year 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 will be leading a stream with the same theme at WORK2017.

Related recent publications are the special issue and new 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).

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.

I am a member of the Social Psychology Research Group in the School of Psychology, FASS. I am an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.

Selected recent presentations

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 (2017, forthcoming) '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

Teaching interests

Teaching

From October 2017 I will chair the first presentation of 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.

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

A new mystique? Working for yourself in the neoliberal economy (2015-05-26)
Taylor, Stephanie
The Sociological Review(Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 174-187)
Gender and Creative Labour: Introduction (2015-05-26)
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
The Sociological Review(Vol. 63 S1) (pp. 1-22)
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
Collection introduction: The new normal of working lives (2017)
Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan
In: Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan eds. The New Normal of Working Lives: Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment. Dynamics of Virtual Work ((In Press))
ISBN : 978-3-319-66037-0 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Psychosocial research (2017)
Taylor, Stephanie J. A.
In: Gough, Brendan ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology ((In Press))
ISBN : 978-1-137-51017-4 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Beyond Work? New expectations and aspirations (2017)
Taylor, Stephanie
In: Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan eds. The New Normal of Working Lives: Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment. Dynamics of Virtual Work ((In Press))
ISBN : 978-3-319-66037-0 | 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
The New Normal of Working Lives: Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment (2017)
Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan eds.
Dynamics of Virtual Work
ISBN : 978-3-319-66037-0 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan (In Press)
Gender and Creative Labour (2015-06)
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie
Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds.
Sociological Review Monograph Series
ISBN : 978-1-119-06239-4 | Publisher : Wiley
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
Constructions of national identity and the nation: the case of New Zealand/Aotearoa (1997)
Taylor, Stephanie Joyce Ann
PhD thesis The Open University