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Dr Jason Sumich

Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Jason Sumich

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Biography

I am a political anthropologist who studied at University of California Santa Barbara, University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. Before coming to the University of Essex, I have worked at the London School of Economics, University of Fort Hare, University of Pretoria, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the German Institute of Global Area Studies (GIGA). My geographic focus is southern Africa, primarily Mozambique, where I have been conducting research since 2002 on issues of class formation and the relationships between privileged members of society and the state. This research has resulted in a number of journal articles and a monograph, 'The Middle Class in Mozambique: The State and the Politics of Transformation in Southern Africa', which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. My current research explores emerging forms of urban governance and control and I am the co-director of the project 'Enclaving: Patterns of Global Futures in Three African Cities' funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Qualifications

  • BA University of California, Santa Barbara, (1998)

  • MA University of Cape Town, (2001)

  • PhD London School of Economics and Political Science, (2006)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Sociological Imagination (SC111)

  • Continuity and Controversy in Sociology: Sociological Analysis II (SC201)

  • Ethnographic Research Methods (SC277)

  • Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (SC520)

  • Ethnography (SC524)

  • Dissertation (SC981)

  • Media Theory (SC509)

Publications

Journal articles (10)

Sumich, J., The Party and the State: Frelimo and Social Stratification in Post-socialist Mozambique. Development and Change. 41 (4), 679-698

Buur, L. and Sumich, J., ‘No Smoke without Fire’: Citizenship and Securing Economic Enclaves in Mozambique. Development and Change

Sumich, J., (2016). The Uncertainty of Prosperity: Dependence and the Politics of Middle-Class Privilege in Maputo. Ethnos. 81 (5), 821-841

Sumich, J., (2013). Tenuous Belonging: Citizenship and Democracy in Mozambique. Social Analysis. 57 (2)

Sumich, J., (2010). Partido fuerte, ¿Estado débil?: Frelimo y la supervivencia estatal a través de la guerra civil en Mozambique. Revista de Estudios Sociales No.37 (37), 13-29

Sumich, J., (2010). Does all that is Solid Melt into Air: Questioning Neo-Liberal Occult Economies in Mozambique. Kronos: Southern African Histories. 37, 13-29

Sumich, J., (2009). Modernity Redirected: Socialism, Liberalism and the National Elite in Mozambique. Cambridge Anthropology. 28 (2), 1-24

Sumich, J., (2008). Politics after the Time of Hunger in Mozambique: A Critique of Neo-Patrimonial Interpretation of African Elites. Journal of Southern African Studies. 34 (1), 111-125

Sumich, J., (2008). Contruir uma Nação: Ideologias de Modernidade da Elite Moçambicana. Análise Social. 43 (2), 319-345

Sumich, J., (2002). Looking for the Other: Tourism, Power and Identity in Zanzibar. Anthropology of Southern Africa. 25 (1&2), 39-45

Books (1)

Sumich, J., (2018). The Middle Class in Mozambique The State and the Politics of Transformation in Southern Africa. Cambridge University Press. 1108472885. 9781108472883

Book chapters (4)

Sumich, J., (2016). The Politics of the Blank Slate: Middle Class Formation in Mozambique. In: The Rise of Africa's Middle Class Myths, Realities and Critical Engagements. Editors: Melber, H., . Zed Books Ltd.. 159- 169. 1783607165. 9781783607167

Sumich, J., (2014). Neither Nationals nor Cosmopolitans: The Political Economy of Belonging in Mozambique. In: People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South. Editors: Hart, K. and Sharp, J., . Berghahn Books. 173- 189

Sumich, J., (2013). Frelimo. In: The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism 2nd Edition. Editors: Mason, P., . MacMillian New York. 189- 190

Sumich, J., (2012). An Imaginary Nation: Nationalism, Ideology and the Mozambican National Elite. In: Sure Road? Nationalisms and Nations in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. Editors: Morier-Genoud, E., . Brill Publishing. 127- 148

Grants and funding

1900

Enclaving: Patterns of global futures in three African cities

Research Council of Norway

Contact

js18415@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872641

Location:

5A.316, Colchester Campus

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