Göran Therborn

Göran Therborn is among the most influential sociologists of the past forty years, whose Marxist-inflected work on class structure, the state and ideology is widely read and cited. He worked in various eminent Swedish universities before becoming Chair of Sociology at the University of Cambridge in 2006, where he is now Professor Emeritus. His early work formulated a sophisticated critical Marxist analysis of the origins of classical sociology and developed influential accounts of the functioning of ideology in capitalist society and the historical dynamics of elite domination in comparative perspective. More recently he has produced incisive studies of inequality in an era of globalization and is currently working on the nature of class relations, power and protest in the twenty-first century. He has published several influential books with Polity, including The World: A User’s Guide and The Killing Fields of Inequality.