Professor Satnam Virdee
- Professor of Sociology (Sociology)
I am a Professor of Sociology. My research focuses on understanding the entangled histories of capitalism, class and racism across time and space. Accompanying this is a body of work analysing counter-hegemonic social movements and their efforts to challenge structural inequalities and deepen processes of democratisation and social justice. A historical social scientist employing both longue durée and conjunctural modes of analysis, I am the author of seven books including Britain in fragments: Why things are falling apart (written jointly with Brendan McGeever) (Manchester University Press, 2023) and Racism, class and the racialized outsider (Palgrave 2014). I am currently working on a book entitled Catastrophe and Utopia which will be published by the University of California Press.
To find out more about my work please read the following interview at Media Diversified https://mediadiversified.org/2015/11/18/both-racism-and-anti-racism-were-present-in-the-making-of-the-english-working-class/
Alternately, listen to an interview with me carried out by the Surviving Society podcast team. https://soundcloud.com/user-622675754/e017-surviving-society-with-the-sociological-review-satnam-virdee
Or, the plenary address I gave to the 2019 International Working Class Studies Association conference, University of Kent. https://kent.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c43d21a4-b2c0-47a7-b4c6-aabe00ca6f8b
|Virdee, S. and McGeever, B. (2023) Britain in Fragments: Why things are falling apart, Manchester University Press|
|Virdee, S. (2014) Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider. Palgrave Macmillan|
McGeever, B. and Virdee, S. (Eds) (2017) Antisemitism and Socialist Strategy in Europe 1880-1917 Patterns of Prejudice 51: 3-4: 221-373.
Virdee, S. (2019) Racialized capitalism: an account of its contested origins and consolidation. Sociological Review, 67(1), pp. 3-27. (doi: 10.1177/0038026118820293)
Virdee, S. (2017) Socialist antisemitism and its discontents in England, 1884–98. Patterns of Prejudice, 51(3-4), pp. 356-373. (doi: 10.1080/0031322X.2017.1335029)
Virdee, S. (2017) The second sight of racialised outsiders in the imperialist core. Third World Quarterly, 38(11), pp. 2396-2410. (doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1328274)
Ashe, S., Virdee, S. and Brown, L. (2016) Striking back against racist violence in the East End of London, 1968-1970. Race and Class, 58(1), pp. 34-54. (doi: 10.1177/0306396816642997)
Virdee, S. (2015) Opening a dialogue on race, class and national belonging. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(13), pp. 2259-2266. (doi: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1058508)
2015-2017: Racism and Political Mobilisation: Learning from History and Thinking Internationally, ESRC Seminar Series, (with G. Bhattacharyya and A. Winter).
2014-2017: Location Dynamics, Owner Occupation and Ethnicity in Scotland, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (with G. Price and A. Smith).
2013-2017: Understanding the Dynamics of Ethnic Identity and Inequality (CoDE), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centres Competition (with J. Nazroo and others)
2004-2006: Racism and Nationalism in Scotland and England, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (with T. Modood).
2001-2003: Networks of Civic Organisations in Britain, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (with M. Diani).
1998-2000: Everyday Racism in School Life, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
1997-1998: Racism and Anti-racism in the Workplace, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EFILWC).
1994-1996: British Asian Self-employment: the interaction of culture and economics, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (with T. Modood).
1990-1992: Race and Class: participation and representation of racialized minority workers in British trade unions, Commission for Racial Equality (CRE).
PhD students supervised to completion
Christopher Kyriakides (ESRC studentship, 2005)
Kirsteen Paton (ESRC studentship, 2010)
Teresa Piacentini (ESRC studentship, 2011)
Carin Runciman (ESRC studentship, 2012)
Brendan McGeever (AHRC studentship, 2014)
Khauthar Ismail (Malaysian Government scholarship, 2016)
Elisabeth Badenhoop (ESRC studentship, 2016)
Mengxi Pang (China Scholarship Council, 2017)
Maureen McBride (ESRC studentship, 2017)
Minna Liinpaa (ESRC studentship, 2018)
Francesca Minelli (University of Glasgow scholarship, 2019)
Paul Goldie (University of Glasgow scholarship, 2020)
Scarlet Harris (ESRC studentship, 2020)
Ashli Mullen (ESRC studentship, 2021)
Helge Peterson (ESRC studentship, 2022)
Currently, I am supervising four PhD students:
- Akhtar, Smina
Experiences of and Resistance to State Racism in Scotland
UG honours courses
Class and the making of modern Britain.
“Freedom now”: A historical sociology of black liberation in the USA, 1954-1979.
Racism and modernity.
Book series editor (with J. Solomos and A. Winter)
Racism, resistance and social change, Manchester University Press.
Journal editorial board
2018 to present: The Sociological Review.
2009 to present: Ethnic and Racial Studies.