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





Colonialism and Modern Social Theory
Polity, 2021, with John Holmwood



Modern society emerged in the context of European colonialism and empire. So, too, did a distinctively modern social theory, laying the basis for most social theorising ever since. Yet colonialism and empire are absent from the conceptual understandings of modern society, which are organised instead around ideas of nation state and capitalist economy. In this book, we argue for a reconstruction of social theory that should lead to a better understanding of contemporary social thought, its limitations, and its wider possibilities.







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





The Sage Handbook of Global SociologyThe Sage Handbook of Global Sociology
Co-edited with Lucy Mayblin, Kathryn Medien, and Mara Viveros-Vigoya, Sage, 2024











Imperial Inequalities: The politics of economic governance across European empires
Co-edited with Julia McClure, Manchester University Press, 2022











Decolonizing 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










African 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






Silencing 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








1968 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