Department of Sociology
Education: BA, MA, University of California; PhD, York University
Contemporary French social theory; post-colonial and non-western social theory; social ethics; resistance and revolution; globalization and development. Key thinkers include Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Bourdieu, Fanon, Mbembe.
Publications: Resisting Ethics (2004, Palgrave Macmillan); “The engagement of social theory: The relationship between critical social theory and everyday life,” forthcoming (2008) in American Behavioral Scientist; “In-Between Days: Intellectual Work and Intelligent Life at the Crossroads,” in Joel Schalit and Megan Shaw Prelinger (eds.), Collective Action: Bad Subjects 1997-2003 (2004, Pluto Books); “From Bunny Rabbits to Barricades: Strategies of Anti-Capitalist Resistance,” in Joel Schalit (ed.), The Anti-Capitalism Reader: Imagining a Geography of Opposition (2002, Akashic Books); “Ordinary Atrocities: Toward a Politics of Outrage,” in Journal of Mundane Behavior 3.3 (2002).
Current Projects: The ethics of sacrifice in contemporary North American social theory and current military engagements; a study of social theory produced outside North America and Western Europe; an examination of traces of the “Protestant ethic” in international social development policies and programs.
- William Samson: Rights As Praxis, MA thesis, 2011
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