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Dr Joseph Ibrahim, Course Director

Dr Joseph Ibrahim

Course Director

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.
Dr Joseph Ibrahim, Course Director

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  1. Politics

Selected Outputs

  • 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,

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  • Ibrahim J (2018) Global dissent and left-wing activism today. In: Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 2. Routledge, pp. 1-6.

  • Ibrahim J; Crossley N (2016) Network Formation in Student Political Worlds. In: Brooks R ed. Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge,

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  • Ibrahim J (2011) 'Karl Marx'. In: Southerton D ed. Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture. California: Sage,

  • Ibrahim J (2011) 'Marxist theories'. In: Southerton D ed. Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture.. California: Sage,

  • Ibrahim J (2019) What can Lenin tell us about social movements?. In: Sociology and Politics Research Seminar Series, 29 January 2019, Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Ibrahim J (2018) The jilted generation: the student activist habitus, reproducing resistance against material and symbolic violence. In: Bourdieu Study Group 2nd Biennial International Conference 2018: Reproduction and Resistance, 10 July 2018 - 12 August 2018, University of Lancaster.

  • Ibrahim J (2017) Global Inequalities Annual Research Symposium. 31 May 2017, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.

  • Ibrahim J (2017) A Leninist Critique of the Occupy Movement. In: Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association, 4 April 2017 - 6 April 2017, University of Manchester.

  • Ibrahim J (2015) The Occupy Movement: anti-capitalist not Post-capitalist. In: Post-Capitalism 2015: Rethinking Crisis, Culture, and Politics, 6 November 2015, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

  • Ibrahim J (2014) The use of masks in protest. In: ESRC Festival of Social Science, 5 November 2014, Armley Mills, Leeds.

  • Ibrahim J (2014) The Occupy Movement: Is capitalism cracking. In: Sociology and Critical Perspectives on Social Movements, 12 May 2014 - 14 May 2014, Istanbul University.

  • Ibrahim J (2012) The moral economy of student protest networks. In: Theory Action and Impact of social Movements., 13 October 2012 - 14 October 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

  • Ibrahim J (2011) Anti-capitalist protest in Britain today. In: Leeds Centre for Democratisation Studies, 27 October 2011, University of Leeds.

  • Roberts JM; Ibrahim J (2019) Contemporary Left-Wing Activism: Democracy, participation and dissent in global context.Vol. 1. Oxford: Routledge.

  • eds. Ibrahim J; Roberts J (2018) Contemporary Left-Wing Activism: Democracy, participation and dissent in global context. Vol. 2. Oxford: Routledge.

  • Ibrahim J (2015) Bourdieu and Social Movements: Ideological Struggles in the British Anti-Capitalist Movement. Palgrave.