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Nicholas Gane

Professor of Sociology

Room: E.0.11

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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. He was a member of the REF2021 sub-panel for Sociology.


I have written two monographs on Max Weber that seek to develop theoretical resources for thinking critically about contemporary capitalist culture and society: Max Weber and Postmodern Theory (Palgrave, 2002) and Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012). I have also published a collection of interviews with leading social and cultural theorists under the title The Future of Social Theory (Continuum, 2004) that addresses different aspects of the capitalist present, including: cosmopolitanism, post-colonialism, complexity, mobility, and the information order.

More recently, my research has addressed the sociological history of neoliberalism. For a publication in this area that uses the work of Foucault to address the different governmentalities of liberalism and neoliberalism, see You can hear me speaking about the history of neoliberalism at: As part of this work on neoliberalism, I have addressed various aspects of debt, usury, banking, and finance. My current research centres on the history and power of corporations (see I have recently co-edited, with Will Davies, a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society on the question of Post-Neoliberalism, see:

Finally, I am interested in debates over the theoretical and methodological ‘crises’ of the discipline of sociology. I have used the writings of C. Wright Mills to reflect upon the promise and craft of sociology today, see: and (with Les Back) More recently, I have questioned the value of a 'descriptive turn' across the social sciences, see:

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.


Capitalism, State and Market (convenor, core module of MA Social and Political Thought)

Key Publications

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Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters