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Dr Linsey McGoey

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Dr Linsey McGoey
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    6.356, Colchester Campus

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Biography

McGoey is a social theorist and an economic sociologist. She is recognized internationally for playing a pioneering role in the establishment of 'ignorance studies,' an interdisciplinary field focused on exploring how strategic ignorance and the will to ignore have underpinned economic exchange and political domination throughout history. McGoey's personal and collaborative research is centered on developing new conceptual frameworks for understanding the political value of ignorance and the unknown. Most recently, her research has explored the politics of large-scale philanthropy, with particular attention to the rise and social implications of the new paradigm called 'philanthrocapitalism.' McGoey's book, No Such Thing as a Free Gift (Verso, 2015), was described as 'path-breaking' by Naomi Klein, and chosen as a book of the year by inequality expert Danny Dorling. Her second book, The Unknowers, is forthcoming from Zed Books. She is a founding editor, with Matthias Gross and Michael Smithson, of the Routledge Research in Ignorance Studies book series. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity, based at the University of Vienna. McGoey is on the Editorial Board of Economy and Society, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Finance and Society. She has held visiting fellowships at the Brocher Foundation, the LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation, and Sciences Po. Her research has received widespread coverage in international media, including Radio France, The Hindu, BBC Radio 4, BBC World News, The Washington Post, New York Times, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and Canada's CBC news.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Social theories of knowledge and ignorance

Economic sociology

Global health governance

Human rights-based approaches to health and development

Teaching and supervision

  • The Sociological Imagination (SC111)

  • Current Disputes in Sociology: Sociological Analysis III (SC301)

  • Power, Wealth and Poverty in a Global Age (SC389)

  • PhD Colloquium 1: Defining Your Research (SC800)

  • Dissertation (SC981)

Publications

Journal articles (19)

Kelly, AH. and Mcgoey, L., Fact and Power in the new millennium: A new empire of truth. Economy and Society

Thiel, DJ., Mcgoey, L. and West, R., Le philanthrocapitalisme et les « crimes des dominants » [Philanthrocapitalism and crimes of the powerful]. Politix

Mcgoey, L. and Thiel, DJ., (2018). Charismatic violence and the sanctification of the super-rich. Economy and Society. 47 (1), 111-134

McGoey, L., (2017). The Elusive Rentier Rich: Piketty's Data Battles and the Power of Absent Evidence. Science, Technology, & Human Values. 42 (2), 257-279

McGoey, L., (2017). Bataille and the Sociology of Abundance: Reassessing Gifts, Debt and Economic Excess. Theory, Culture & Society, 026327641663790-026327641663790

Clark, J. and McGoey, L., (2016). The black box warning on philanthrocapitalism. The Lancet. 388 (10059), 2457-2459

McGoey, L., (2014). The philanthropic state: market?state hybrids in the philanthrocapitalist turn. Third World Quarterly. 35 (1), 109-125

McGoey, L., (2012). Philanthrocapitalism and its critics. Poetics. 40 (2), 185-199

Davies, W. and McGoey, L., (2012). Rationalities of ignorance: on financial crisis and the ambivalence of neo-liberal epistemology. Economy and Society. 41 (1), 64-83

McGoey, L., (2012). Strategic unknowns: towards a sociology of ignorance. Economy and Society. 41 (1), 1-16

McGoey, L., (2012). The logic of strategic ignorance. The British Journal of Sociology. 63 (3), 533-576

McGoey, L., Reiss, J. and Wahlberg, A., (2011). The global health complex. BioSocieties. 6 (1), 1-9

McGoey, L., (2010). Profitable failure: antidepressant drugs and the triumph of flawed experiments. History of the Human Sciences. 23 (1), 58-78

McGoey, L., (2009). Pharmaceutical Controversies and the Performative Value of Uncertainty. Science as Culture. 18 (2), 151-164

McGoey, L. and Jackson, E., (2009). Seroxat and the suppression of clinical trial data: regulatory failure and the uses of legal ambiguity. Journal of Medical Ethics. 35 (2), 107-112

Wahlberg, A. and McGoey, L., (2007). An Elusive Evidence Base: The Construction and Governance of Randomized Controlled Trials. BioSocieties. 2 (1), 1-10

McGoey, L., (2007). On the will to ignorance in bureaucracy. Economy and Society. 36 (2), 212-235

McGoey, L., (2007). On the will to ignorance in bureaucracy. Economy and Society. 36 (2), 212-235

Kendall, T. and McGoey, L., (2007). Truth, Disclosure and the Influence of Industry on the Development of NICE Guidelines: An Interview with Tim Kendall. BioSocieties. 2 (1), 129-140

Books (5)

McGoey, L., (2018). The Unknowers: How Elite Ignorance Rules the World. Zed Books Ltd. 978-1780326351

McGoey, L., (2015). No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy. Verso Publication. 9781784780838

Gross, M. and McGoey, L., (2015). Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. Routledge. 978-0-415-71896-7

McGoey, L., (2014). An introduction to the sociology of ignorance: essays on the limits of knowing. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 1-13-877967-9. 978-1-13-877967-9

Hunt, PH., Bustreo, F., Gruskin, S., Eide, A., McGoey, L., Rao, S., Songane, F., Tarantola, D., Unnithan, M., Yamin, AE., van Bolhuis, A., Ferguson, L., Halliday, E., Kuruvilla, S., Popay, J. and Sander, G., (2013). Women's and Children's Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights. World Health Organization. 9789241505420

Book chapters (6)

McGoey, L., (2015). From accidental to ambitious sociology. In: Sociologists' Tales Contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice. Editors: Twamley, K., Doidge, M. and Scott, A., . Policy Press. 9781447318675

McGoey, L., (2015). Vom Nutzen und Nachteil strategischen Nichtwissens. In: Vom Nutzen des Nichtwissens: Sozial- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Editors: Wehling, P., . transcript Verlag. 53- 74. 9783839426296

Davies, W. and McGoey, L., (2014). Rationalities of ignorance: on financial crisis and the ambivalence of neo-liberal epistemology. In: An introduction to the sociology of ignorance: essays on the limits of knowing. Editors: McGoey, L., . Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 1-13-877967-9. 978-1-13-877967-9

McGoey, L., (2014). Strategic unknowns: towards a sociology of ignorance. In: An introduction to the sociology of ignorance: essays on the limits of knowing. Editors: McGoey, L., . Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 1-13-877967-9. 978-1-13-877967-9

McCoy, D. and McGoey, L., (2011). Global Health and the Gates Foundation - In Perspective. In: Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance. Editors: Rushton, S. and Williams, OD., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230238763

McGoey, L., (2011). Police reinforcement: the anti-politics of organizational life. In: Reading Ranci�re: Critical Dissensus. Editors: Bowman, P. and Stamp, R., . Continuum. 9781441137814

Grants and funding

2013

Evidence in interdisciplinary contextx: the value and ethics of randomised controlled trials

Economic & Social Research Council

Contact

lmcgoey@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873544

Location:

6.356, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Please email me for an appointment; I can usually meet on Monday or Friday during term time.