Scholarly biography and interests

Dr Paul Hopper's first book, Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism (2003), was developed from his DPhil thesis at the University of Sussex. He has subsequently become an authority on globalisation debates and his monographs include: Living with Globalization (Berg, 2006), Understanding Cultural Globalization (Polity, 2007), Understanding Development (Polity, 2008) and Understanding Global Environmental Politics (Polity, 2009). As part of the process of writing these books, Hopper has given papers at numerous international conferences and published articles and chapters in edited volumes on globalization and related areas.

Dr Hopper has been a member of staff at the University of Brighton since the early 1990s, before which he taught sociology and social and political philosophy at the University of Sussex. He leads the Globalisation, Politics and Culture MA and the Globalisation, Politics and Culture BA(Hons)  and has developed option units such as Race and Racism on the Humanities undergraduate programmes at the university and the Sociology of Globalisation in the Faculty of Health and Social Science. 

Hopper's research interests revolve around globalisation, especially in relation to: culture, communication and identity; global movements and networks; global governance; development and the environment. He is concerned with how globalising processes are both informing and being informed by these areas. His work seeks to move beyond general and abstract accounts of this subject focusing instead upon how globalising processes are interpreted and experienced within specific contexts.

In substantiating this position, he has undertaken a series of case-studies as part of his research, ranging from examining how globalisation has informed debates within the Islamic world to how the Chinese party-state has for reasons of political expediency utilised economic globalisation, but resisted its cultural and political dimensions. This research has been published in the following books: Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism (Ashgate, 2003), Living with Globalization (Berg, 2006), Understanding Cultural Globalization (Polity, 2007), Understanding Development (Polity, 2012) and Understanding Global Environmental Politics (Polity, 2009).

The common theme of Hopper's research has been the pursuit of a differentiating, multidimensional, contextualist and interdisciplinary approach to globalisation, part of which entails considering how the discourse of globalisation can have tangible effects.


Featured works and projects

Understanding Development

Understanding Development at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities

Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism

Deals with an issue that is of increasing concern within many societies, namely, the condition of community life.

Living with Globalization

Globalization studies are still in their infancy, and this work takes stock of existing approaches and outlines some possible ways forward.

Cultural Globalization

Emphasises how a differentiating, multidimensional, contextualist and interdisciplinary approach must be employed in all aspects of globalisation.

Who Wants to be a European?

This article addresses the extremely topical issue of the future development of Europe and the European Union.

Research activity 

Repository holdings 

Number of items: 4.

Hopper, Paul (2015) Development and underdevelopment: rethinking the shape of a globalizing world In: Holborn, M., ed. Contemporary sociology. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 355-382. ISBN 9780745661834

Hopper, Paul (2006) Living with Globalisation Berg Publishers, UK. ISBN 1845201930

Hopper, Paul (2004) Who wants to be a European? Human Affairs, 14 (2). pp. 141-151. ISSN 1210-3055

Hopper, Paul (2003) Rebuilding communities in an age of individualism Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 0754614387

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Selected further research activities 

2012 

  • Publication: Understanding Development (Polity, 2012)

2009

  • Chinese translation rights established with Zheijian University Press for Rebuilding Communities in an Age of Individualism

2007

  • Publication: Understanding Cultural Globalisation, (Polity)

2005

  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization and American Power’, Global Representations Conference, University of Brighton (7 October, 2005) organized by the University of Brighton Philosophy Society

2004

  • Conference Paper: ‘Social Democracy and Equality’, UK Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference 2004, University of Wales College Newport (5-7 July)
  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization, Cosmopolitanism and European Identity’, Cosmopolitanism and Europe Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, (22-23 April)

2003

  • Chapter: ‘Conflict and Identity in Contemporary Europe’ in Radical Politics (published by Palacky University Press, December)
  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization and the Clash of Civilizations? Recognizing Complexity’, Dialogue among Civilizations: The Key to a Safe Future, University of Warsaw, Poland (23-27 April), organized by the Asia-Pacific Council and UNESCO
  • Conference Paper: ‘Community and Identity in the European Union’, Meanings of Community Conference, Palacky University, Czech Republic (6-11 July) organized by the Society for Applied European Thought
  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization versus Global Terror? Al-Qaeda, Islamism and Modernity’, Globalization and Violence, Roehampton University of Surrey (21-23 July) organized by the Global Studies Association

2002

  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization and the Third Way’, International Society for the Study of European Ideas Conference, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, (22-27 July)
  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization and the Clash of Civilizations’, Globalization and its Discontents 2 Conference, University of Brighton (7 November) organized by the University of Brighton Philosophy Society
  • Chapter ‘Globalization and the Third Way’ (published by the International Society for the Study of European Ideas on CD-Rom, October)

2001

  • Conference Paper: ‘The Rhetoric of Globalization’, Globalization and its Discontents Conference, University of Brighton (6 May) organized by the University of Brighton Philosophy Society
  • Conference Paper: ‘Globalization, Identity and Conflict in Contemporary Europe’, Conflict and Identity Conference, Palacky University, Czech Republic (1-6 July) organized by the Society for Applied European Thought
         
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