Chamsy El Ojeili

Teaching in 2020

Teaching in 2020


MA (Hons) PhD Massey

Research specialties

Classical and contemporary sociological theory; political sociology; the sociology of development and globalisation; cultural studies.

Current research

Social theory; history of ideas; political sociology; extremism; utopianism.

Selected publications


el-Ojeili, C. (2019). The Utopian Constellation: Future-Oriented Social and Political Thought Today. Palgrave Pivot

el-Ojeili, C. (2015). Beyond Post-socialism: Dialogues with the Far-left UK: Palgrave MacMillan

el-Ojeili, C. 2012. Politics, Social Theory, Utopia and the World System: Arguments in Political Sociology London: Palgrave, 237 pages.

Hayden, P. and el-Ojeili, C. (Eds.) (2009). Globalization and Utopia: Critical Essays London: Palgrave, 275 pp.

el-Ojeili, C and Hayden, P. (2006). Critical Theories of Globalization. London: Palgrave

Hayden, P and el-Ojeili, C (Eds.) (2005). Confronting Globalization: Humanity, Justice and the Renewal of Politics. London: Palgrave, 280 pp.

el-Ojeili, C. (2005). From Left Communism to Post-Modernism: Reconsidering Emancipatory Discourse. Maryland: University Press of America.


el-Ojeili, C., & Taylor, D. (2018). The Revaluation of All Values: Extremism, The Ultra-Left, and Revolutionary Anthropology. International Critical Thought, 8(3), 410-425. doi:10.1080/21598282.2018.1506262

el-Ojeili, C. (2018). Reflecting on Post-Fascism: Utopia and Fear. Critical Sociology. doi:10.1177/0896920518768867

el-Ojeili, C. (2017). At the Crossroads. Counterfutures, 3: Incarceration.

el-Ojeili, C., & Taylor, D. (2016). Across and Beyond the Far Left: The Case of Gilles Dauvé. Rethinking Marxism, 28(2), 187-203

Taylor, D. M., Bradford, S., Corballis, T., el-Ojeili, C., & Tie, W. (2016). Beginnings. Counterfutures: Left Thought and Practice Aotearoa, 1, 9-14

el-Ojeili, C. (2015). Reflections on Wallerstein: The Modern World-System, Four Decades on. Critical Sociology, 41(4-5), 679-700

el-Ojeili, C. (2014). Communism is the Affirmation of a New Community: Notes on Jacques Camatte. Capital and Class, 38, 342-361

el-Ojeili, C. 2012. “Anarchism as the Spirit of Contemporary Anti-Capitalism? A Critical Survey of Recent Debates”, in Critical Sociology, first published online first, September 11, 2012, 1-18.

el-Ojeili C. (2011). 'After post-socialism: Social theory, utopia and the work of castoriadis in a global age', Antepodium: Online Journal of World Affairs, pp. 1-16.

el-Ojeili C. (2011). 'Narrating socialism: Three voices', Thesis Eleven, 1, pp. 102-117.

el-Ojeili C. (2010). 'Post-Marxist Trajectories: diagnosis, criticism, utopia', Sociological Inquiry, 80, 2, May, pp. 261-282.

el-Ojeili, C. (2002). 'Postmodernism, the Return to Ethics, and the Crisis of Socialist Values', in Democracy and Nature, 8:3, November, pp. 397-421.

el-Ojeili, C. (2001). The Advance Without Authority': Post-Modernism, Libertarian Socialism, and Intellectuals, in Democracy and Nature, 7:3, November, pp. 391-413.

el-Ojeili, C. (2001). 'Post-Marxism with Substance: Castoriadis and the Autonomy Project', in New Political Science, 23:2, June, pp. 225-239.

Chapters in a book

el-Ojeili C, 'After post-socialism: social theory, utopia, and the work of castoriadis in a global age', in Human Beings and Freedom: An Interdisiplinary Perspective, edited by J.L. Shaw & Michael Hemmingsen (Kolkata, Punthi Pustak, 2011), pp. 195-218.

el-Ojeili C, 'Anarchism', in The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer and J. Michael Ryan (Oxford, Blackwell, 2011), pp. 15-15.

el-Ojeili C. 'Two post-Marxism: Beyond post-socialism?', in Globalization and Utopia (London, Macmillan Palgrave, 2009), pp. 40-50.

Hayden P J, el-Ojeili C, 'Concluding reflections', in Globalization and Utopia (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 237-242.

Hayden P J, el-Ojeili C, 'Introduction: Reflections and the demise and renewal of utopia in a global age', in Globalization and Utopia (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 1-12.

Book reviews

el-Ojeili, C. (2019). Facing the new fascism : Enzo Traverso, The New Faces of Fascism: Populism and the Far Right (Verso, 2019). Thesis Eleven, 072551361985219. doi:10.1177/0725513619852198

el-Ojeili, C. (2018). Remembering communism [Review of three books: The Dutch and German Communist Left (1900–68): ‘Neither Lenin nor Trotsky nor Stalin!’ by Philippe Bourrinet; ‘Workers Must Think for Themselves’The History of Italian Marxism: From its Origins to the Great War by Paolo Favilli; Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory by Enzo Traverso]. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 146(1), 128-139. doi:10.1177/0725513618776734

el-Ojeili, C. 2017. Review of Snyder, B. H. The Disrupted Workplace: Time and the Moral Order of Flexible Capitalism. (Oxford University Press, 2016), in New Zealand Sociology 32 (2), 195-198.

el-Ojeili, C. (2017). Book review: Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture. Edited by David Palumbo-Lio, Bruce Robbins & Nirvana Tanoukhi. Duke University Press, 2011. Thesis Eleven, 142(1), 146-148. doi:10.1177/0725513617727911

el-Ojeili, C. (2017). Review: Psychiatric hegemony: A Marxist theory of mental illness by B.M.Z. Cohen (2016), London, Palgrave Macmillan. New Zealand Sociology, 32(1), 111-113.

el-Ojeili, C. 2016. Review of Patricia Nickel, Culture, Politics and Governing, in The Sociological Review, 64 (2), pp. 392-394.

el-Ojeili, C. (2016). Book review: Looking for the Proletariat: Socialisme ou Barbarie and the Problem of Worker Writing by Stephen Hastings-King. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 135(1), 154-157

el-Ojeili, C. (2015). Review of Razmig Keucheyan, The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today. Thesis Eleven, 127, 152-155

el-Ojeili, C. 2004. 'Many Flowers, Little Fruit': The Dilemmas of Workerism', Review Essay of Steve Wright, Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Autonomist Marxism, in Thesis Eleven, Number 79, November 2004, pp. 112-123.

el-Ojeili, C. (2014). Review of Alain Badiou, Philosophy and the Event. Critical Sociology, 40(2), 318-320

el-Ojeili, C. (2014). Review of Robert T. Tally, Utopia in the Age of Globalization. Thesis Eleven, 124, 139-141

el-Ojeili, C. 2012. Review of Alberto Toscano, Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (Verso, 2010), in Thesis Eleven 109 (1) pp. 115-7.

Encyclopaedia entries

el-Ojeili, C. 2016. Totalitarianism, in J. Stone, D. Rutledge, P. Rizova, and A. D. Smith (eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Memberships, appointments and other work

Member, Editorial Board of Counterfutures

Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Thesis Eleven.

Associate member of The Bauman Institute.

Teaching in 2020

Teaching in 2020