Jamie Matthews

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email j.matthews (@gold.ac.uk)
Jamie Matthews

Jamie is a political sociologist whose research explores contemporary social movements and forms of popular protest. He uses a range of research methods – ethnography, interviews, textual analysis – to interrogate the tactics, ideas and cultural forms at the heart of collective action. His work employs concepts drawn from post-structuralism (particularly Deleuze and Guattari), Marxism and post-Marxism.

His doctoral research was a critical ethnography of the Occupy Movement in London, which built on his own participation in Occupy. This work reflects an ongoing engagement with questions of political territory, forms of collective speech, and the idea of ‘the people’.

Jamie joined Goldsmiths in September 2017. Before that he worked at the University of Manchester, where his teaching focused on political sociology, cultural studies, social movements, and general sociological theory.


Jamie is convener and main lecturer for two second year modules: Social Change and Political Action; and Central Issues in Sociological Analysis.

He also teaches on Criminological Imaginations (corporate crime and the criminalisation of protest) and Branding II, part of the MA Brands, Communication and Culture.


Research Interests

Jamie’s research interests centre on contemporary movements, particularly in the Global North, against austerity, nationalism and climate change. He is interested in the territories and forms of collectivity that emerge in collective action, but also how these relate to wider problems in the history of the radical left. A recurring desire is to understand movements’ adequacy (or not) for confronting contemporary forms of exploitation and oppression.

Jamie is interested in the applications of Deleuze-Guattarian concepts to social movement analysis, and to key debates in Marxism/post-Marxism that intensified with the movements of 2011.

He is interested in the problem of producing engaged but critical research on political movements, including debates surrounding autoethnography, ‘native’ ethnography and ‘militant’ ethnography.