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Professor Charles Masquelier

Associate Professor (Sociology)

(+44) 01392 722828

Amory 318

My research is interdisciplinary, crossing over the disciplines of sociology, politics and philosophy. I identify as a critical social theorist and environmental sociologist. As a critical theorist I treat the sociological imagination as a prism through which power relations and social injustices are exposed, probed and resisted. I have done so by exploring the complex intersections of structures of power and domination under present-day conditions and imagining a future beyond those structures. The aim has been to lay the conceptual groundwork for collective transformative action. My book on neoliberalism and my forthcoming book Intersectional Socialism could be seen as complementary: the former formulated a critique of capitalism and the latter envisioned an alternative to it.

As an environmental sociologist, I build on my theoretical work to examine closely the intersection of the human and non-human world. I am paying specific attention to the farming community and farmers’ attitudes towards nature. The empirical work undertaken as part of the RENEW project aims to develop an empirical basis for imagining new socio-economic practices that will not only help inform policy but also feed into my own theoretical work and the conceptualisation of a political economy of sustainability.

 

My areas of interests are:

  • critical theory (Marxism, Western Marxism, Bourdieu, intersectionality theory)
  • social movements (their evolution and potential for large-scale social change)
  • emancipation (and the relationship between the human and more-than-human world)
  • socialist theory (its different forms – statist vs. libertarian - and contemporary relevance)
  • environmental sociology (political economy of sustainability; rural sociology)
  • worker cooperatives (how they operate, the way they mediate the more-than-human world and potential role in large-scale social change)
  • neoliberalism (its social consequences and how to adapt critique to this stage of capitalist development)

 

 

 

Research interests

My areas of interests are:

  • critical theory (Marxism, Western Marxism, Bourdieu, intersectionality theory)
  • social movements (their evolution and potential for large-scale social change)
  • emancipation (and the relationship between the human and more-than-human world)
  • socialist theory (its different forms – statist vs. libertarian - and contemporary relevance)
  • environmental sociology (political economy of sustainability; rural sociology)
  • worker cooperatives (how they operate, the way they mediate the more-than-human world and potential role in large-scale social change)
  • neoliberalism (its social consequences and how to adapt critique to this stage of capitalist development)

Research supervision

I am keen to supervise doctoral students in the following areas: social theory, political theory, political sociology

... and more specifically:

 critical theory, society-enviornment relationship, socialist thought, critique of and resistance to neoliberalism, social movements, worker cooperatives 

Research students

I am currently supervising the following students:

(with Margherita Pierracini) David McKeown - Emancipatory Sustainability: The Satoyama Initiative 

(with Ilan Pappe) Lara Fricke - Framing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in post-Holocaust Germany 

 

 

External impact and engagement

Media contributions

I wrote a piece remembering the Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright for The Conversation UK:

https://theconversation.com/envisioning-real-utopias-from-within-the-capitalist-present-remembering-erik-olin-wright-110646

My views on the 2015 Labour Party's leadership contest were solicited for the online magazine Economy Watch:

http://www.economywatch.com/features/Left-wing-Candidate-Corbyn-is-likely-Labour-Leader0911.html

 In this podcast produced by Exeter students I discuss socialism, intersectionality and utopia:

Intersectional Socialist Utopianism with Dr. Charles Masquelier - The Witness Podcast | Podcast on Spotify

 My views on the 2022 French Presidential were solicited as part of a debate  on France 24 (Francois Picard show):

High-stakes rematch: Can Le Pen turn the tide against Macron in TV debate? - The Debate (france24.com)

Biography

BA (Sussex), MA (Sussex), DPhil (Sussex)

I joined the Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Department in September 2016. Prior to this, I held a post of Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. 

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