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Sivamohan Valluvan

Sivamohan Valluvan

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Room: D0.09

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.

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  • Valluvan, S. and Kalra. V. (Forthcoming, 2020), ‘Reactionary Populisms and Racial Contradictions, Ethnic and Racial Studies