Dr Charles Masquelier

Research Interests

Social critique

My first major theoretical research project aimed to revise critical social theory in such a way as to realise its political potential. I proposed to do so by reconciling some of the tenets of Frankfurt School’s critical theory with the libertarian socialist alternative formulated by G.D.H. Cole.

I am now interested in rethinking social critique in the light of contemporary economic, cultural, social and environmental developments and contemporary movements of resistance. The goal is to equip critique with the conceptual tools to achieve unity in the diversity of contemporary struggles for justice. A book on this particular research interest will be published in early 2017: Critique and Resistance in a Neoliberal Age: Towards a Narrative of Emancipation (Palgrave)

 

Critique and humanity-nature relations

A key argument put forward in the above books is the need to include nature within the scope of a social critique with an emancipatory intent. To this end, I explore ways in which typically human struggles for justice can be conceptually articulated with the environmentalist cause.

 

Socialist theory

I have sought to show and intend to continue highlighting the role Cole’s libertarian socialist alternative can be expected to play in breathing new life into socialist thought. My work in this field predominantly aims to reveal the contemporary relevance of this alternative and contribute to the formulation of a theory of social transformation.

 

Worker cooperatives

Inspired by my interests in Cole’s libertarian socialism, I wish to undertake empirical research on the cooperative sector in the UK and the Western world more generally. I am particularly interested in comparing the effects of different models of worker cooperatives on their members.