Ravi Kumar
Associate Professor (SG)
Department of Sociology
South Asian University,Akbar Bhawan,Chankyapuri,New Delhi-110021
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Works as Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Has been Chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences. He co-edits book series on 'Social Movements, Dissent and Transformative Action' (Routledge: Delhi); 'Conversations on/for South Asia' (Aakar Books); and 'Sociology/Anthropology Across Borders' (Primus: Delhi). Having interacted partially with the nature of work done in South Asia I have realised that social sciences in the region have worked within an extremely narrow framework. Located within the politics of knowedge production the social sciences need to urgently engage with what happens beyond borders in a time and age when capital seeks to homogenise. Social sciences need to discover how socio-economic, cultural and political processes work across narrowness of territorialities of nation state. My research and teaching is heavily influenced by the belief that if social science is to transcend mere reproduction of what has already been done then one needs to instill perspective into whatever work one does. Having never attended school, I have very critically looked at education under capitalism as a process of factoryisation – an extremely mechanical exercise that disciplines students, aims to make them servile to the status quo and kills their creative enterprise to ensure all this. In higher education, I believe there is an urgent need to not only connect education to the experiences of teachers and students thereby making it dynamic but also to take it out of clutches of obsessive 'skilling' process. My area of research includes political economy of identity politics, social movements, neoliberal impact on education and processes of knowledge production. I am Associate Editor of 'Society and Culture in South Asia' (Sage) and Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies (www.jceps.com).


  • PhD in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University , in 2007
  • M.Phil. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University , in 2001
  • M.A. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University , in 1999

Recent Publications

  • Organising Against Capitalism: Remembering Rosa Luxemburg. Ravi Kumar (2020)
  • Against the Nation: Thinking Like South Asians. Ravi Kumar (2019)
  • Contemporary Readings in Marxism: A Critical Introduction, Aakar Books: Delhi (edited) (2016)
  • Neoliberalism, Critical Pedagogy and Education, New Delhi and London: Routledge (edited) (2016)
  • Education State and Market: Anatomy of Neoliberal Impact, Aakar Books: New Delhi (edited, 2014)
  • Social Movements: Transformative Shifts and Turning Points, Routledge: New Delhi (edited, 2014)
  • Education and the Reproduction of Capital: Neoliberal Knowledge and Counterstrategies, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (edited, 2012)
  • ‘The Charge of Neoliberal Brigade and Higher Education in India’, Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 1740-2743 (October 2012)
  • Ghetto and Within: Class, Identity, State and Political Mobilisation  Aakar Books: New Delhi(2010)
  • The Heart of the Matter- Development, Identity and Violence: Reconfiguring the Debate, Aakar Books: New Delhi (edited, 2010)
  • ‘Education and the Politics of Capital: Perspective and Agenda for Resistance against Neoliberalism’, Social Scientist, Vol. 38, Nos. 9-12 (September-December 2010)
  • Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences, Routledge: New York & London(2009, edited)
  • ‘Processes of Knowledge Production and the Educational Complex in Capitalism’, Contemporary Perspectives: History and Sociology of South Asia, Volume 3, No.1 (2009)

Research Interests

  • Political Economy of Identity Politics
  • Epistemologies of the South
  • Social Theory
  • Politics of Knowledge Production
  • Social Movements

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