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Dr Joseph Ibrahim


About Dr Joseph Ibrahim

Joseph is a sociologist who has research interests in social theory, and the culture, values and practices of social movements. He has a particular interest in the work of Pierre Bourdieu and has published a monograph drawing on his ideas.

Joseph is a member of the British Sociological Association’s Bourdieu study group and the founder and co-convenor of the Political and Social Movements Specialist Group for the Political Studies Association. He founded the latter group to provide a national level hub for scholars to promote research in this area.

He has completed projects on the politics of the alternative globalization movement, student politics and protests, and social movement emergence during times of austerity. He has recently completed (with John Roberts) a two-volume collection with Routledge on Contemporary left-wing activism: democracy, participation and dissent.

He is on the editorial board of the journals, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change, and the editorial review board of the book series Transforming Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield). At Leeds Beckett, Joseph co-directs the Global Inequalities research programme, his role centres around reviewing research and funding proposals, organizing research seminars and annual symposia and providing general leadership and oversight for the groups research strategy

Current Teaching

Joseph is Director of Studies for PhD projects and teaches on the following BA (Hons) Sociology modules:

  • Culture, Media and Society
  • Modern Social Theory
  • Politics, Protest and Social Movements

Research Interests

Joseph is currently working on two projects :

  • The cultural and political space of attitudes in light of the Brexit referendum and the 2019 December general election
  • Research on the campaign group, Momentum as a movement party and the effects of digital platforms on movement parties.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (14)

Books (3)

  • Roberts JM; Ibrahim J (2019) Contemporary Left-Wing Activism: Democracy, participation and dissent in global context.Vol. 1. 1. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Ibrahim J; Roberts JM (2019) Contemporary Left-Wing Activism: Democracy, participation and dissent in global context. Vol. 2. 2. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Ibrahim J (2015) Bourdieu and Social Movements: Ideological Struggles in the British Anti-Capitalist Movement. Palgrave studies in European Political Sociology Palgrave.

Chapters (4)

  • Ibrahim J (2019) Twenty-first Century British Anti-capitalism. In: Contemporary Left Wing Activism Vol 1: Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context. : Routledge, pp. .
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  • Ibrahim J; Crossley N (2016) Network Formation in Student Political Worlds. In: Brooks R Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. .
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  • Ibrahim J (2011) 'Karl Marx'. In: Southerton D Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture. California: Sage, pp. .
  • Ibrahim J (2011) 'Marxist theories'. In: Southerton D Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture.. California: Sage, pp. .

Conference contributions (11)

  • Ibrahim J (2019) What can Lenin tell us about social movements? Sheffield Hallam University 29/01/2019.
  • Ibrahim J (2018) The jilted generation: the student activist habitus, reproducing resistance against material and symbolic violence. University of Lancaster 10/07/2018.
  • Ibrahim J (2017) Global Inequalities Annual Research Symposium Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK 31/05/2017.
  • Ibrahim J (2017) A Leninist Critique of the Occupy Movement University of Manchester 04/04/2017.
  • Ibrahim J (2016) Bourdieu, activism and public sociology University of Bristol 04/07/2016. British Sociological Association.
  • Ibrahim J (2016) Bourdieu and Public Sociology University of Bristol 04/07/2016. British Sociological Association.
  • Ibrahim J (2015) The Occupy Movement: anti-capitalist not Post-capitalist Leeds Beckett University, UK 06/11/2015.
  • Ibrahim J (2014) The use of masks in protest Armley Mills, Leeds 05/11/2014.
  • Ibrahim J (2014) The Occupy Movement: Is capitalism cracking Istanbul University 12/05/2014.
  • Ibrahim J (2012) The moral economy of student protest networks University of Kent, Canterbury, UK 13/10/2012.
  • Ibrahim J (2011) Anti-capitalist protest in Britain today University of Leeds 27/10/2011.

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