Professor Ruth Kinna talks about her research interests in radical politics, anarchism and the history of ideas.
Social, Political and Cultural Theory
Our research is helping to understand what shapes our societies, how they are changing over time and the impact of this.
Inspired by world-class analysis of some of sociology’s canonical thinkers - Comte, Durkheim, Mauss, Gramsci and Baudrillard - our research builds on Loughborough's scholarly traditions by adding a range of contemporary political theorists to the mix – Bookchin, Butler, Popper, Rawls and Taylor – and by probing the intersections and affinities that exist between schools of thought and currents of ideas that are too often kept apart.
We probe relationships between religion and politics, government and culture and utopianism and political practice. And by drawing on contemporary feminisms, critical theory and contemporary anarchism we bring a radical twist to much of this work.
Our research is framed by three major interests:
- Analysis of norms and principles that shape our societies, the construction of traditions and the mobilisation of bias.
- Investigation of the economic, cultural, social and political forces that affect our governing institutions, grass-roots organisations and every-day behaviours.
- Construction of frameworks for the analysis of change at micro, regional and global levels, in the virtual and real worlds.