She specializes in the area of marginal social identities, a topic which brings together research on asylum and migration, borders, sexual politics, motherhood, race and ethnicity, disability, social class and poverty. Her work focuses on representation and mediation and the relationship between social theory and activism.
Other recent publications include a special issue of Feminist Review (with C. Gatrell) on the theme of 'Birth', a special issue of Studies in the Maternal (with T. Jensen) on the theme of 'Austerity Parenting', a special issue of Citizenship Studies on the theme of `Immigrant Protest` (2013) and a book (with K. Marciniak), Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY, forthcoming).
We still have much to learn from the Nigerian sociologist Female Husbands: Gender andSex in an African Society (1987). In this book, now almost 30 years old, Amadiume blows apart colonial and racist myths about the place of women in African societies and, in so doing, radically challenges a number of foundational assumptions about sex/gender, patriarchy and capitalism. Male Daughters,
Male Daughters, Female Husbands exposure of how particularly oppressive forms of European-style gender inequality and where imported into Africa is an essential resource for understanding neo-colonial political economies today. We need these histories to understand the chaos and inequality of the political present, and the ways in which a political rhetoric of freedom and equality continue to be perversely used to export inequality today. As Amadiume continues to remind us, "the need to support the cause of feminism and social justice in Africa has never been stronger than it is under the present condition of chronic neo-colonialism."
Imogen Tyler is a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and is author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (Zed, 2013).