Assistant Professor of Sociology
Valluvan joined Warwick Sociology as an Assistant Professor in 2018, having previously worked at the University of Manchester. His MSc and ESRC funded PhD study, the latter awarded in June 2014, was also based at Manchester Sociology. Previously, he attained a BA in Political Science from the University of Stockholm.
Valluvan’s research interests lie in racism and ethnicity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, consumerism, urban inequality, and social and cultural theory more broadly. His PhD thesis explored urban multiculture as lived in both London and Stockholm. Other prior writing has engaged the 2011 riots, theoretical debates regarding cosmopolitanism and postcolonialism, alongside interrogations of what is meant by ‘post-race’.
Ongoing research areas include the rise of a new nationalism that traverses a range of ideological and cultural repertoires - a project that will culminate in a forthcoming book provisionally titled, The New Nationalism (Manchester University Press); a British Academy funded research project aimed at critically unpacking and challenging recent invocations of a ‘Left Behind’ in much public analysis; and, also, the affective and spatial dimensions of contemporary urban inequality, with particular emphasis on consumerist practices of social identity, urban access and morality.
Valluvan is currently on the editorial board for the journal, Sociological Review, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Commonword, a Manchester (UK) based charity aimed at cultivating the talents and profile of creative writers from underrepresented backgrounds.
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘Racial Entanglements and Sociological Confusions: Repudiating the Rehabilitation of Integration’, British Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12284
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘Defining and Challenging New Nationalism’, Progressive Review, 23:4, DOI: 10.1111/newe.12020
- Valluvan, S. (2016) ‘What is Post-Race and What does it Reveal about Contemporary Racisms?’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39:13, DOI: 10.1080/01418970.2016.1202430
- Valluvan, S. (2016) ‘Conviviality and Multiculture: A Post-Integration Sociology of Multi-ethnic Life’, YOUNG, 24:3, DOI: 10.1177/1103308815624061
- Valluvan, S., and Kapoor, N. (2016), ‘Notes on Theorizing Racism and Other Things’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39:3, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1109680
- Valluvan, S. (2015) ‘Cosmopolitanism and Intelligibility’ in Irving, Andrew and Glick-Schiller, Nina (eds.) Whose Cosmopolitanism?, New York: Berghahn
- Valluvan, S., Kapoor, N., and Kalra, V (2013) ‘Critical Consumers Run Riot in Manchester’, Journal for Cultural Research, 17:2, DOI: 10.1080/14797585.2012.756245
- Valluvan, S. (2013) ‘The Status of Multiculturalism and the Retreat from Difference’, in Nisha Kapoor, Virinder Kalra & James Rhodes (eds.) The State of Race, London: Palgrave
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘Defining New Nationalism’, [Online] Sociological Review Blog Series, June 7
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘New Nationalism and Old Ideologies’ in Mondon, A., Pearce, N. Titley, G., and Winter, A. (Eds.), The Rise of Racism and the Far-right, [Online] 2017 Bath Institute of Policy Research (IPR) Policy Briefing, 7 April
- James, M. and Valluvan. S. (2014) ‘Higher Education: A Market for Racism?’, [online] darkmatter, 25 April
- Valluvan, S. (2014) ‘Multiculturalism’, [online] racism/writing/resistance, 24 June
- Valluvan, S. (2011) ‘Behind the Manchester Riots: ‘They are Saying We Have Nothing’’, [online] The Guardian, 6 September
- Valluvan, S. and Kalra. V. (Forthcoming, 2020), ‘Reactionary Populisms and Racial Contradictions’, Ethnic and Racial Studies