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Nicholas Gane

Professor of Sociology

Room: E.0.11

Tel: +44(0)24 765 73415
Fax: +44(0)24 765 23497

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Summer term - please email me to make an appointment.






Nicholas Gane is a social and cultural theorist with an interest in political economy and economic sociology. He joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in October 2013 from the University of York. He worked previously at Brunel University and Goldsmiths College.

Nicholas is a board member of the journal Theory, Culture and Society, and edited the Theory, Culture and Society Annual Review from 2006 to 2009.

He is the Director of the Warwick Doctoral Training Centre the convenor of the MA Social and Political Thought.


My research interests lie in the following areas.

First, I have a long-standing interest in the sociological analysis of capitalism and culture. I have written two monographs on Max Weber: Max Weber and Postmodern Theory (Palgrave, 2002) and Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012). These books address the ways in which classical texts can be used to forge a critical understanding of the present. I am also interested in contemporary theoretical resources for thinking sociologically about capitalist culture, and in 2004 I published a collection of interviews with leading social and cultural theorists under the title The Future of Social Theory (Continuum).

Second, my research addresses the sociology and history of neoliberalism. In the academic year 2012/3 I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to pursue research on the sociological history of neoliberal thought. For a recent publication in this area that uses the work of Foucault to address the different governmentalities of liberalism and neoliberalism, see You can hear me speaking about the history of neoliberalism at: In July 2013 I co-organised an international conference on ‘Neoliberalism, Crisis and the World System’ with Claire Westall (English, York). Video footage from this event can be found at:

Third, I have a developing interest in the sociology of debt, banking and finance. In particular, I am interested in questions of sovereign debt (in relation to quantitative easing programmes) and central bank independence. For a recent paper on this subject, see: 'Central Banking, Technocratic Governance and the Financial Crisis'. Sosiologia, 52, 4, 2015, pp.381-96. Available here:

Finally, I have a concern for current debates over the theoretical and methodological ‘crises’ of the discipline. In a recent publication I have attempted to use the writings of C. Wright Mills in order to ask of the promise and craft of sociology today, see: and (with Les Back)


Nicholas currently convenes the second/third year module Economic Sociology and the MA module Capitalism, State and Market. He also teaches on SO114: Sociological Perspectives and the DTC modules Philosophies of Social Science and The Practice of Social Research.

PhD Supervision

I welcome applications in the following areas: social and cultural theory; economic sociology; the sociology of markets; the sociological analysis of neoliberalism; the history of sociology; the sociology of debt, finance and banking.

Key Publications

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Recent Journal Articles