Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

Associate Professor in Political Sociology, University of Bath

I am a critical (political) sociologist. I have a degree in Politics from the University of Buenos Aires, and an MA and a PhD degree from Sociology, at the University of Warwick. I published extensively on Argentine and Latin American politics, autonomy, subjectivity, labour, social and indigenous movements, emancipatory struggles and the politics of policy.

My research produces a synergy between critical theory, open Marxism, politic politics, political economy, social movement and Latin American studies, feminism, economic sociology and philosophy. It seeks to understand and explain the means by which labour, social movements and ‘hope’ movements in Latin America but not exclusively articulate alternative praxis and horizons, or ‘concrete utopias’ in, against and beyond capitalist, patriarchal and colonial society.

I challenge the 'claim-making' definition of the role of social movements by shifting the focus towards their constitutive function as vehicles for the creation of 'alternative' (new) worlds and their capacity to inspire social scientists to adopt the principle of hope as a method of critique and enquiry of social reality.

I have written books, journal articles and book sections for academic and non-academic audiences on issues of labour and social movements, movements of protest, social emancipation, and Marxist theory, and the politics surrounding policy implementation, including the use of state violence.

I am well known for my work as an Open Marxist and my research on labour and labour subjectivity, Argentina’s political economy, the Movement of Unemployed Workers in Argentina, and the impact of autonomous organising on democracy and policy making.

I am a member of Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS, UK). I was editor of Capital & Class (200-20050 and I am a member of the International Advisory boards of 'Historical Materialism' (London), 'Sociología del Trabajo' (Madrid), 'Observatorio Latinoamericano' and 'Herramienta' (Buenos Aires). I am a Research Partner of the Transnational Institute's 'New Politics Project' (2016-2020) and Convenor of the international research networks 'Labour in Transition, beyond informality' and 'Women on the Verge'.

My main publications include 'The Labour Debate' (2002, co-edited with Mike Neary), translated into Turkish (2006) and Spanish (2009), 'La Ruta de los Piqueteros. Luchas y Legados' (2010), 'The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope' (2015) and the edited collection 'Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Political Sociology, University of Bath


  • 2002 
    University of Warwick, PhD Sociology