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Desan, Mathieu Assistant Professor


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  • Mathieu Desan is a historical sociologist with substantive interests in social theory, political sociology, and critical sociology. His current work examines the constitution of political identities in and through political contention, and how political discourses become articulated and disarticulated in cases of dramatic shifts in political commitments. He is working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research, which traced the transformation of a group of dissident French socialists into fascists during the interwar period and World War II. He has also written on the concept of capital in Bourdieu and Marx, the link between Durkheimian sociology and fascism, and narratives of Detroit's urban crisis.


  • Political Sociology, Cultural Sociology, Critical Sociology, History of Sociology, Historical Sociology


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