Academic writing

From this page you can access my PhD thesis and some of the longer pieces of criticism and essays I’ve written for various outlets.

LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF THE NEW POLITICS: GLOBALISATION, POWER & DEMOCRACY

After the break you’ll find the abstract and introduction to my PhD thesis published in 2005. Looking back, I think I was probably considerably more optimistic about the potential for resistance to the big challenges facing liberal democracies than I … Continue reading

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AGAINST UTOPIA: ARTHUR C CLARKE AND THE HETEROTOPIAN IMPULSE

ABSTRACT In this essay I briefly set out the Marxist theories of utopianism espoused by the influential German philosopher Ernst Bloch and contrast the closing down of future possibilities inherent in Bloch’s notion of a realisable “concrete utopia” with the … Continue reading

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AFTER HEINLEIN: POLITICS IN SCALZI’S OLD MAN’S WAR UNIVERSE

The publication Old Man’s War brought John Scalzi both critical and commercial success. His work was widely praised for its fast-paced action and for its updating of classic science fiction tropes but the novel was also controversial and attracted considerable … Continue reading

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