Associate Professor of Sociology
Valluvan joined Warwick Sociology 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.
Drawing upon postcolonial, cultural studies, and Marxist traditions, Valluvan has written widely on debates as pertaining to racism, nationalism, multiculture and cosmopolitanism. His PhD thesis explored urban multiculture as lived in both London and Stockholm. Other writing has engaged the 2011 riots, theoretical debates regarding cosmopolitanism and postcolonialism, alongside interrogations of what is meant by ‘post-race’.
Valluvan's ongoing research areas focus on the rise of a contemporary nationalism that traverses a range of ideological and cultural repertoires – a project that culminated in the widely-reviewed 2019 monograph, The Clamour of Nationalism Link opens in a new window(Manchester University Press). This has been complemented by a British Academy funded research project aimed at critically unpacking and challenging recent invocations of a ‘Left Behind’ in much public analysis.
Valluvan is currently on the editorial board for the journals Citizenship Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and 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.
- Book: Valluvan, S. (2019) The Clamour of NationalismLink opens in a new window, Manchester University Press
- Book: Valluvan, S. and Kalra, V. (eds.) (2020) Racial Nationalisms, Routledge
- Valluvan, S. (2022) 'Cosmopolitanism in the 'provinces'', Soundings, 80: Spring
- Valluvan, S. and James, M. (2020) 'Coronavirus Conjuncture: Nationalism and Pandemic StatesLink opens in a new window', Sociology, 54:6.
- Valluvan, S. (2021) 'Racist Apologism and the Refuge of NationLink opens in a new window', Ethnic and Racial Studies,
- Valluvan, S. and Kalra, V. (2019) 'Racial Nationalisms: Brexit, Borders and Little Englander ContradictionsLink opens in a new window', Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42:14.
- Valluvan, S. (2019) ‘The Uses and Abuses of Class: Left nationalism and the denial of working class multiculture’Link opens in a new window, Sociological Review. 67:1.
- Valluvan, S., Ashe, S. and Rhodes, J. (2019) Reframing the 'Left Behind': Race and Class in Post-Brexit Oldham, British Academy Report, September
Valluvan, S. and James, M. (2018) ‘Left Problems, Nationalism and the Crisis’, Salvage, 6.
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘Racial Entanglements and Sociological Confusions: Repudiating the Rehabilitation of Integration’, British Journal of Sociology, 69:2.
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘Defining and Challenging New Nationalism’, Progressive Review, 23:4.
- Valluvan, S. (2016) ‘What is Post-Race and What does it Reveal about Contemporary Racisms?’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39:13.
- Valluvan, S. (2016) ‘Conviviality and Multiculture: A Post-Integration Sociology of Multi-ethnic Life’, YOUNG, 24:3.
- Valluvan, S., and Kapoor, N. (2016), ‘Notes on Theorizing Racism and Other Things’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39:3.
- Valluvan, S. (2015) ‘Cosmopolitanism and Intelligibility’ in Irving, A. and Glick-Schiller, N. (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.
- Valluvan, S. (2013) ‘The Status of Multiculturalism and the Retreat from Difference’, in Kapoor, N., Kalra, V. & Rhodes, J. (eds.) The State of Race, London: Palgrave
- Valluvan, S. (2021) 'Nationalist Discontents and the Husk of BritainLink opens in a new window', Discover Society New Series, 1:2.
- Valluvan, S. (2020) 'Nationalism after Coronavirus', Salvage, 8.
- Valluvan, S. and James, M. (2019) 'Nationalism, the Mob and Left Dreams', Renewal, 27:4.
- Valluvan, S. and Penny, E. (2018) 'The New Undesirables', Red Pepper, October 20
- Valluvan, S. and James, M. (2018) 'Coming Home', Red Pepper, July 16
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘Defining New Nationalism’, Sociological Review Blog Series, June 7
- Valluvan, S. (2017) ‘New Nationalism and Old Ideologies’, Bath Institute of Policy Research (IPR) Policy Briefing, April 7
- James, M. and Valluvan. S. (2014) ‘Higher Education: A Market for Racism?’, [online] darkmatter, April 25
- Valluvan, S. (2011) ‘Behind the Manchester Riots: ‘They are Saying We Have Nothing’’, [online] The Guardian, September 6
- Interview on Clamour of Nationalism with 'Surviving Society', 2020 – Podcast
- Interview on Clamour of Nationalism with 'Politics Theory Other', 2019 – Podcast
- Clamour of Nationalism seminars, 2020-2021: University of Leeds, University of GlasgowLink opens in a new window, GoldsmithsLink opens in a new window, University of Cambridge, Loughborough UniversityLink opens in a new window – YouTube
- 'Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment Webinar', 2021 'Racism, Nationalism and Patriotism in Brexit BritainLink opens in a new window'– YouTube
- 'Holberg Award Symposium' (Bergen, Norway), 2019 'The long march of racial nationalism: Left complicities and convivial marginsLink opens in a new window' – YouTube
‘Undisciplining’ Conference (Sociological Review), 2018: ‘Response’ to Annual Lecture – YouTube
‘After Multiculturalism’ Conference (Birkbeck, University of London), 2018, ‘The Denial of Working-class Multiculture’ – Podcast