Professor of Sociology
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Nicholas Gane joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in October 2013 from the University of York. He worked previously at Brunel University and Goldsmiths College. He directed the ESRC Warwick Doctoral Training Centre and the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership from 2016-19.
Nicholas is a board member of the journal Theory, Culture and Society, and edited the Theory, Culture and Society Annual Review from 2006 to 2009. He was a board member of the journal Sociology from 2004-06 and 2015-17.
My research interests lie in the following areas:
First, I have a long-standing interest in the sociological analysis of capitalism and culture. I have written two monographs on Max Weber: Max Weber and Postmodern Theory (Palgrave, 2002) and Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012). These books address the ways in which classical texts can be used to forge a critical understanding of the present. I am also interested in contemporary theoretical resources for thinking sociologically about capitalist culture, and I have published a collection of interviews with leading social and cultural theorists under the title The Future of Social Theory (Continuum).
Second, following on from the above, I am interested in the sociological history of neoliberalism. In the academic year 2012/3 I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to pursue research on the sociological history of neoliberal thought. For a recent publication in this area that uses the work of Foucault to address the different governmentalities of liberalism and neoliberalism, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02126.x/abstract You can hear me speaking about the history of neoliberalism at: http://estudiosdelaeconomia.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/is-neoliberalism-weberian-an-interview-with-nicholas-gane/
Third, I have a developing interest in the sociology of debt, banking and finance. In particular, I am interested in questions of sovereign debt (in relation to quantitative easing programmes) and central bank independence. For a recent paper on this subject, see: 'Central Banking, Technocratic Governance and the Financial Crisis'. Sosiologia, 52, 4, 2015, pp.381-96. Available here: https://www.academia.edu/19658356/Central_Banking_Technocratic_Governance_and_the_Financial_Crisis
Finally, I have a concern for current debates over the theoretical and methodological ‘crises’ of the discipline of sociology. In a recent publication I have attempted to use the writings of C. Wright Mills in order to ask of the promise and craft of sociology today, see: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02054.x/abstract and (with Les Back) http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/29/7-8/399.abstract
Nicholas convenes the MA module 'Capitalism, State and Market' (a core module of MA Social and Political Thought).
I welcome applications in the following areas: social and cultural theory; economic sociology; the sociology of markets; the sociological analysis of neoliberalism; the history of sociology; the sociology of debt, finance and banking.
I currently supervise the following PhD students:
Thore Behrens, The Eurosystem Under Siege: The Crisis Response of the ECB.
Daniel Wood, Becoming-Vitalist: A Political History of Sociological Vitalism.
Felipe Figueroa Zimmermann, The Concept of Ownership in the Age of Intellecual Property.
Simon Arthur, The Role of Central Banking in England since 1997.
Sophie Wootton, A Crisis of European Proportions: Brexit, the Decline of Neoliberalism and Resurrection of Class.
Alan Barrett-Evans, The Disorders of Contemporary Capitalism.
(for a full list see http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/view/author_id/31584.html)
- Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012.
- New Media: The Key Concepts (with David Beer). London: Bloomsbury, 2008.
- Umberto Eco (co-edited with Mike Gane). London: Sage, 2005.
- The Future of Social Theory. London: Bloomsbury, 2004.
- Roland Barthes (co-edited with Mike Gane). London: Sage, 2004.
- Max Weber and Postmodern Theory. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002.
Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- 'Competition: A Critical History of a Concept'. Theory, Culture and Society, forthcoming.
- ‘Debt, Usury and the Ongoing Crises of Capitalism’, in M.Featherstone (ed.) The Sociology of Debt. Bristol: Policy Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-4473-3952-6. https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/the-sociology-of-debt
- ‘Foucault’s History of Neoliberalism’, in L.Downing (ed.). After Foucault: Culture, Theory, and Criticism in the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp.46-60.
- 'In and Out of Neoliberalism: Reconsidering the Sociology of Raymond Aron'. Journal of Classical Sociology, 16, August, 2106, pp.261-79. http://jcs.sagepub.com/content/16/3/261.abstract
- 'Central Banking, Technocratic Governance and the Financial Crisis'. Sosiologia, 52, 4, 2015, pp.381-96. Available here: https://www.academia.edu/19658356/Central_Banking_Technocratic_Governance_and_the_Financial_Crisis
- 'Sociology and Neoliberalism: A Missing History'. Sociology, 48, 6, 2014, pp.1092-1106. http://soc.sagepub.com/content/48/6/1092
- ‘The Emergence of Neoliberalism: Thinking Through and Beyond Michel Foucault’s Lectures on Biopolitics’. Theory, Culture and Society, 31, 4, 2014, pp.3-27. http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/31/4/3.full.pdf+html
- C. Wright Mills 50 Years On: The Promise and Craft of Sociology Revisited’ . Theory, Culture and Society, 29, 7/8, 2012, pp.399-421 (co-authored with Les Back). http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/29/7-8/399.abstract
- ‘The Governmentalities of Neoliberalism: Panopticism, Post-Panopticism and Beyond’. Sociological Review, 60, 4, 2012, pp.611-34. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02126.x/abstract
- ‘Measure, Value and the Current Crises of Sociology’, Sociological Review, 58, s2, December, 2011, pp.151-73. Also published in Adkins, L. and Lury, C. (eds.) Value and Measure. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4443-3958-1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02054.x/abstract