Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination
Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke, 2007.
Translated into Japanese (2011) and Turkish (2015).


Winner of the 2008 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.


“For those who value postcolonial scholarship, this work is a necessary read. It succeeds in bringing to the fore the critical issues underpinning various social scientific disciplines, particularly sociology and history.” Gregory Lee CuellarPostcolonial Networks


Review of Rethinking Modernity (in German) (PDF Document) and another in Turkish




CS2014Connected Sociologies
Theory for a Global Age Series, Bloomsbury Academic: London, 2014.

Read the book for free online.


“Drawing on her previous path-breaking critique of Eurocentric modernity, Bhambra confronts us with one crucial question: can sociology account for a world that underwent globalization long before sociology took any notice and was prey to colonialism, dispossession and violence without sociology paying much attention either?” Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Professor of Sociology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


Review by Lisa Tilley for e-IR, here.




See more books in the Theory for a Global Age Series.





Decolonising the University
Co-edited with Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nisancioglu, Pluto Press: London, 2018












European Cosmopolitanism: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies
Co-edited with John Narayan, Routledge International Library of Sociology: London, 2016










AA2011African Athena: New Agendas
Co-edited with Dan Orrells & Tessa Roynon, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011.

Read the Introduction.


African Athena evokes with a breath-taking scope of vision the different ways in which Black Athena has acted as a foundational text for those interested in teasing out the dynamics of cultural engagements between Europe and Africa in both antiquity and modernity. African Athena is a triumph and will serve as the starting point for research in the field for many years to come.” Adam Lecznar, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.06.40




SHR2009Silencing Human Rights: Critical Engagements with a Contested Project
Co-edited with Robbie Shilliam, Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke, 2009.


Read a sample chapter: ‘How oppression thrives where truth is not allowed a voice’: The Spanish Polemic about the American Indians – M. J. Rodríguez-Salgado







196820091968 in Retrospect: History, Theory, Alterity
Co-edited with Ipek Demir, Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke, 2009.


Read a sample chapter: Freedom Now! 1968 as a Turning Point for Black American Student Activism – Patricia Hill Collins


“Perhaps it is best described as a set of reflections on the intellectual consequences of the events of that year” Paul Bagguley, Social Movement Studies 9 (4) 2010