SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Kathryn Dean

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Kathryn Dean
Department of Politics and International Studies

Research Associate

Dr Kathryn Dean
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PhD Publications

1997, ‘Introduction: Politics and the Ends of Identity’, in Politics and the Ends of Identity, ed. K. Dean, Aldershot: Ashgate.

 2000, ‘Capitalism, Psychic Immiseration, and Decentred Subjectivity’, Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society’, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 2000, pp. 41-56.

2002, ‘A Flexible Marxism for Flexible Times: Globalization and Historical Materialism’, written with Mark Laffey, in Historical Materialism and Globalization, eds M. Rupert & H. Smith, Routledge: London.

2003, Capitalism and Citizenship: The Impossible Partnership, London: Routledge.

2004, ‘Laclau and Mouffe and The Discursive Turn: The Gains and The Losses, in Realism, Discourse and Deconstruction, eds. J. Joseph & J. M. Roberts, London: Routledge.

 2005, ‘’Biology and the New Scientific Subjectivism: A Suitable Case for Critical Realism?’, Critical Realism Today: A Special Issue of New Formations, No. 56, Autumn, edited K. Dean, J. Joseph and A. Norrie, introduction co-written by Dean, Joseph and Norrie.

2006, ‘Agency and Dialectics: What Critical Realism Can Learn From Althusser’s Marxism’, in Realism, Philosophy and Social Science, multiple-authored volume, introduction co-written by authors, k. dean, j. joseph, j.m. roberts and c. wight: basingstoke: palgrave macmillan.

 2014, Capitalism, Citizenship and the Arts of Thinking: A Marxian-Aristotelian Linguistic Account, London, Routledge.

 2015, ‘A digital assault on tacit knowledge’, Capitalism Nature Socialism, 26, 3, pp. 123-5 (review of Nicholas Carr The Glass Cage: Where Automation is Taking Us).

 Forthcoming 2016,Computers and the alienation of thinking: From Deep Blue to the Googlemobile’, in Changing Nature, Changing Ourselves, ed. James Ormrod, Palgrave MacMillan.



My overall research interest is to develop a method of study appropriate to complex problems in the everyday world. In the beginning, this led me to synthesise Freudian psychoanalysis and Marx’s historical materialism as I attempted to understand the obstacles placed in the way of meaningful citizen activity by capitalist modes of life. Working on this topic directed me to the identification of ways of thinking and knowing as vital to the exercise of citizenship and of modes of communication as crucial dimensions of the constitution and exercise of citizenship capabilities. I am presently focusing on the changes in thinking and knowing being effected by a digitalised mode of capitalism.