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Dr Aneira Edmunds

Post:Senior Lecturer in Sociology (Sociology, Sussex Centre for Migration Research)
Other posts:Lecturer in Sociology (Sussex European Institute)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873249
International:+44 1273 873249

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Before coming to Sussex Dr Edmunds was a Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge.  She has a PhD from the London School of Economics in political relations between Europe and the Middle East and an LLM in human rights (with Distinction) from Birkbeck, University of London. Her research interests include development, human rights, citizenship, elites, cosmopolitanism and racism from an interdisciplinary approach.



LLM, Human Rights, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London (Distinction)

PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science (ESRC scholarship & the University of London Central Research Fund)

MSc, Race Relations, University of Bristol (ESRC scholarship)

BSc Econ., University of Wales, Swansea (Leslie Drew Prize for highest standard achieved in final BSc Econ.)

PUBLICATIONS [Articles/Books/Book chapters]

Shipman, A., Edmunds, J., and Turner, B.S. (2018) [Book] The New Power Elite: Power, Inequality and Politics. London: Anthem

Edmunds, J. (2017) [Book] Human Rights,  Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism.  London and New York: Routledge

Edmunds, J. (2017) 'Migration' in William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Political Sociology. London: Sage

Edmunds, J. (2014). [Book review]. Korgeweg, Anna C. and Yurkadul, Gökçe (2014). ‘The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging’. Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press. Ethnic and Racial Studies

Edmunds, J. (2013).[Article] ‘Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism’ Ethnicities 13 (6): 671-688

Edmunds, J. (2012). [Article] ‘The Limits of Post-National Citizenship: European Muslims, Human Rights and the Hijab’, Ethnic & Racial Studies, 35 (5): 1181-1199

Edmunds, J. (2012) [Book review]. Catarina Kinnvall and Paul Nesbitt-Larking, The Political Psychology of Globalization: Muslims in the West, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, ix227 pp., £27.50 (hard). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-2 [iFirst]

Edmunds, J. (2011) [Book review]. Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, Shamus Rahman Khan, Princeton University Press. The Sociological Review, 59 (4): 858-60

Edmunds, J. (2011). [Article] ‘The “New Barbarians”: Governmentality, Securatisation and Islam’, Contemporary Islam, 6 (1): 67-84

Edmunds, J. and Turner, B. S. (2011). [Reprint article] Translation of ‘Global Generations: Social Change in the Twentieth Century’ for Sosyoloji Dergisi (Journal of Sociology). Ege University, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Edmunds, J. (2010)  [Article] ‘”Elite” Young Muslims in the UK: From Transnational to Global Politics’. Contemporary Islam, 5 (2): 215-38 [first published 2009] 

Edmunds, J. (2009). ‘Generation Obama’, Kulturaustausch (the Journal for International Perspectives; invited contribution from the Institute for Foreign Affairs, Berlin) 

Edmunds, J. (2006) [Review article] 'Migration Studies: New Directions?'. Ethnicities. 6 (40): 555-64

Edmunds, J. and Turner, B. S. (2005) [Article] 'Global Generations: Social Change in the Twentieth Century' British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 56, No. 4: 559-78 

Turner, B. S. and Edmunds, J. (2005) [Reprint] ‘The Distaste of Taste: Bourdieu, Cultural Capital and the Australian Postwar Elite’ in Margaret Hogg, ed., Consumer Behaviour. London: Sage Publications

Edmunds, J. (2004). [Book review] Azza Karam (ed), Transnational Political Islam, Religion, Ideology and Power, London and Sterling: Virginia. Ethnic and Racial Studies 

Edmunds, J.  (2004). [Book chapter]  'Redefining Britannia: The role of "marginal" generations in reshaping British national consciousness' in Phillips, R. and Brocklehurst, H. eds., History, Nationhood and the Question of Britain.  Macmillan/Palgrave 

Edmunds, J. and Turner, B. S (2004). [Book chapter] 'Generations and Social Closure' in Mackert, J. ed., The Theory of Social Closure. Berlin: Leske and Budrich 

Turner, B. S. and EdmundsJ. (2002). [Article]  'The Distaste of Taste:  Bourdieu, Cultural Capital and Generational Lifestyle in the Australian Postwar Elite'. Journal of Consumer Culture.  2 (2): 219-40

EdmundsJ. and Turner B. S. (2002). [Book] Generations, Culture & Society, Open University Press

Edmunds J. and Turner B. S. eds, (2002). [Book] Generational Consciousness, Narrative and Politics, Rowman & Littlefield 

Edmunds, J. (2002). [Book chapter] ‘Generations, Women and National Consciousness’ in Edmunds, J. and Turner, B. S. eds., Generational Consciousness, Narrative and Politics.London,Oxford,New York: Rowman & Littlefield: 31-50 

Edmunds J. and Turner B. S. (2001). [Article] ‘The Re-Invention of a National Identity: Women and ‘Cosmopolitan’ Englishness', Ethnicities. 1 (1):  112-37 (11th most cited article as at April, 2011)

Edmunds, J. and Calnan, M. (2001). [Article] ‘The Reprofessionalisation of Community Pharmacy? An Exploration of Attitudes to Extended Roles for Community Pharmacists amongst Pharmacists and GPs in the UK’, Social Science and Medicine.  53 (7):  113-23

Edmunds, J. (2000). [Book] The Left and Israel: Party Policy Change and Internal Democracy, Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press 

Edmunds, J. (2000). [Article] ‘The Evolution of British Labour Party Policy on Israel in the Post-War Period’ Twentieth Century British History, 11 (1): 23-41  

Edmunds, J. (1998). [Article]. ‘The British Labour Party in the 1980s.  The Battle Over the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict’, Politics. 18 (2): 111-8 


Edmunds, J. (2017) 'Veiled Women in the European Court of Human Rights'. Centre for Gender Studies Workshop, University of Sussex

Edmunds, J. (2012) ‘Have human rights failed Europe’s Muslims?’.  Oxford University Centre for Islamic Studies, February (Invited speaker) 

Edmunds, J. (2008) ‘Developments in the Sociology of Generations: The Emergence of Global Political Generations’ (Invited keynote speaker, Catholic University, Milan)

Edmunds, J.  (2006) ‘Young British Muslims, Political Participation, Transnational Politics and Inter-Generational Resources’ (ASA conference, Montreal) 

Edmunds, J. (2005) 'Generational Closure and Political Change in Post-revolutionary Eastern Europe' (ASA conference, Philadelphia

Edmunds, J. (2003). 'Social Closure and Intergenerational Relations'.  (European Sociological Association, Murcia, Spain).

Edmunds, J. (2002). 'Women, generations and National Identity'. British Island Stories: History, Identity and Nationhood (ESRC Devolution & Constitutional Change Programme), University of York, 17-19 April

Edmunds, J. with Turner, B. S. (2001).  'Elite Women and English Nationalism' in Taking the Initiative:  Women's Leadership on National Issues.  Centre for Women Leaders,Lucy Cavendish College,University of Cambridge, Working Papers: 10-26 

Edmunds J. (2000). 'Elite Women and English Nationalism', Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

Edmunds J. (2000). 'Women, Nationalism and Generational Consciousness', Workshop on ‘Narratives, Generational Consciousness and Politics’, University of Cambridge 


Quoted in (2018) Stephen Castles, New York Times: 'Anti-Semitism Accusations Taint Labour Party, Once Home to U.K.'s Jews', 29th March.

Edmunds, J. (2012). ‘Have human rights and public opinion failed Europe’s Muslims?’. YouGov-Cambridge, 7th March.

 Edmunds, J. (2009). ‘Generation Obama’, Kulturaustausch (IFA, Berlin)

 Edmunds, J. (2008). ‘Look elsewhere for the enemy within’, Guardian online, 3 December

 Edmunds, J. (2008). Contribution to Anglia News item on young Muslims and radicalisation, 11 December


 Edmunds, J. (2007-8) Principal Investigator: ‘Young British Muslims: Generational Experience and Political Participation’ [ESRC RES-000-22-1948] 



Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Co-Convenor of the Ethnicity, Race and Diverse Societies' Research Network

Please note that I am on study leave in Spring 2019


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Undertook voluntary work at Liberty, London.

Member of Amnesty International