Beverley Best, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Ph.D. Communications (SFU)
Areas of undergraduate teaching
1. Economy and society
2. Capitalism and crisis
3. The thought of Karl Marx
4. Utopian thought, yesterday and today
5. Consumer society
Areas of graduate teaching
- Critical theory
- Political economy
- Karl Marx - Reading Capital
- Classical sociological theory
- Contemporary sociological theory
Dr. Best researches the modalities of contemporary capitalism and how these modalities are expressed in conventions of perception and representation, dynamics of collective subjectivity, aesthetic ideologies, and cultural forms and practices in the global north. Her recent focus is on the social and ideological formations of the historical process of financialization. Dr. Best has also pursued studies of analytical methods such as critical theory, political economy and dialectical analysis.
Current research topics
- Marxian value theory
- Financialization and aesthetics
- Critiques of “immaterial labour” and “cognitive capitalism”
- Utopian theory, collective imaginaries, and the virtualities of the present
- Niqab, negativity and consumerism
- Postmodern universalisms
- Representation, narrative and ideology critique
- “Law and Order” and figures of history in popular culture
- The question of “affect” in recent cultural and political theory
Publications Representative of Current Research Areas
Marx and the Dynamic of Capital Formation:An Aesthetics of Political Economy. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
The Problem of Utopia: Capitalism, Depression and Representation. Canadian Journal of Communication, 35 (4), 2010.
‘Fredric Jameson Notwithstanding’: The Dialectic of Affect. Rethinking Marxism, 23 (1), 2011.
Marx and the Aesthetics of Political Economy. American International Journal of Social Science, 2 (8), 10-19, 2013.
Speculating without Hedging: What Marxian Political Economy can offer Laclauian Discourse Theory. Critical Discourse Studies, 11 (3), 272-287, 2014.
Raymond Williams et la structure de sensibilité de la télérealité. Raymond Williams et les sciences de la culture. J-F. Coté et A. Bélanger (Eds.). Laval, QC: University of Laval Press, 2015.
Distilling a Value Theory of Ideology from Volume Three of Capital. Historical Materialism, 23 (3), 2015.