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Brian Alleyne BSc MSc PhD

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email b.alleyne (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7721

Globalisation, social movements, social life of information technology, ethnography, narrative, biographical methods.

Brian worked as a photographer and then a computer programmer before studying sociology and development studies at the University of the West Indies. After a period in New York, where he studied sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a research assistant at the CLR James Institute, he moved to the UK. He gained a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and began teaching sociology at Goldsmiths in that same year. For many years he was a volunteer at the George Padmore Institute, in Finsbury Park, North London. That Institute is made up of a collective of activists, writers and activists about whose work Brian wrote a book, Radicals Against Race (Berg 2002), which was awarded the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for the best new single-authored sociological text published in 2002. Brian keeps up his interest in new technologies by hacking code and exploring Linux and other Free Software in his spare time.

Teaching
Brian convenes and teaches the courses Global Development and Underdevelopment and Sociology of Culture and Communication at Undergraduate level. He is also the Programme Convenor for BA Anthropology & Sociology.

Keynote lectures

 

  • 'The creation of Free Software: the case of KDE’, Glasgow School of Art Annual Conference, 14 May, 2009.
  • 'Identity and Ideology in Open Source Communities', School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, 9 November 2005.
  • 'Open Source: Community and Practice', Department of Anthropology, Social Anthropology Society, University of Cambridge, February 2005.
  • 'Autobiography and ethnographic representations of anti-racism', Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, 9 October 2003.
  • 'Standpoint issues in activist ethnography'. Departmental Seminar. University of Cardiff: Department of Sociology 12 May 2003.
  • with L.K. Johnson and Laurie Taylor, Discussants, Thinking Allowed (BBC House), Discussion of Linton Kwesi Johnson's writing, 8 May 2002.
    'The Social Life of the Personal Digital Assistant' Department of Social Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, November 2001
  • Caribbean Writers and Political Activism in London'. Paper presented at the London Summer School, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Maryland & Caribbean Studies, University of North London, University of North London.
    'John La Rose: Human Rights Defender', Human Rights Seminar, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, 7 November 2000.
  • 'The Idea of Community as Epistemological Obstacle.' Beyond Difference: Racial and Ethnic Studies Into the Millennium. London: Race and Ethnic Relations Unit, South Bank University, 20 September, 2000. 
  • 'The Paradoxes of Exile: CLR James's American Years.' Travel and Nation. London: British Academy & Social Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, 15 July, 2000. 
  • 'Cultural Capital and Activism: The New Beacon Case.' Caribbean Families and Community Activism. Race and Ethnic Relations Unit, South Bank University, 29 March, 2000. 

 

Research Interests

  • Currently writing a book on Narrative Approaches for Sage. That book responds to a growing interest in stories in popular and academic culture, as well as to the pervasiveness of Web 2.0 in the form of Facebook and Twitter (to name just two examples).  The ubiquity of social media calls for a reconsideration of the place of narrative in our collective self-understanding, and on a more specific level, in social research programmes. Moreover, the book will address narrative in light of ongoing developments in computer-assisted data gathering and analysis, drawing upon both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

  • Also writing articles on: Free Software; Hacker Cultures; Networked Communities;  and Inventive Users.

Publications

Book

Narrative Networks: Storied Approaches in a Digital Age
Alleyne, Brian. 2014. Narrative Networks: Storied Approaches in a Digital Age. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 9780857027849

Radicals Against Race: Black Activism and Cultural Politics
Alleyne, Brian. 2002. Radicals Against Race: Black Activism and Cultural Politics. Berg. ISBN 1859735223

Book Section

Anti-racist cultural politics in post-imperial Britain: the New Beacon Circle
Alleyne, Brian. 2007. Anti-racist cultural politics in post-imperial Britain: the New Beacon Circle. In: , ed. Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalization. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 207-226. ISBN 9780802086754

C.L.R. James, Critical Humanist
Alleyne, Brian. 2006. C.L.R. James, Critical Humanist. In: C. Gair, ed. Beyond Boundaries: CLR James and Postnational Studies. Pluto Press, pp. 175-196. ISBN 0745323421

Race Relations in Contemporary Britain
Alleyne, Brian. 2006. Race Relations in Contemporary Britain. In: K. Prah, ed. Racism in the Global African Experience. Centre for the Advanced Study of African Societies, pp. 225-249. ISBN 9781919799773

Article

Challenging Code: A sociological reading of the KDE Free Software project
Alleyne, Brian. 2010. Challenging Code: A sociological reading of the KDE Free Software project. Under Review, pp. 496-511.

An Idea of Community and its Discontents: Towards a more reflexive sense of belonging in multicultural Britain
Alleyne, Brian. 2002. An Idea of Community and its Discontents: Towards a more reflexive sense of belonging in multicultural Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 25, pp. 607-627. ISSN 01419870

Film/Video

Inside the mind of a hacker - FT World - World & Global Economy Video - FT.com
Alleyne, Brian. 2016. Inside the mind of a hacker - FT World - World & Global Economy Video - FT.com.