James J. Brittain

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Office: BAC 305
Phone: (902) 585-1292
Email: james.brittain@acadiau.ca Education


BA Honours (New Brunswick-Saint John), MA (Acadia), PhD (New Brunswick)

Research/Teaching Interests

  • Class (Consciousness)
  • Disposable Populations
  • Escape
  • Political Economy
  • Social Theory

On Sabbatical July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Selected Publications

2017. Mapping Geographies of Violence with Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer (Eds.). Halifax: Fernwood Publishers. 

2010. Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The origin and direction of the FARC-EP. London: Pluto Press. 

Journal Articles

2020. “Calling (Intellectual) Bullshit On Inequality’s Perversion of Alienation,” Socialist Studies 14(1)

2017. “Reading the (Identity Politics) Market: Articulating the forest past the trees post-Trump,” Capital & Class 41(3): 411-422.

2017. “Violence Beyond the Proximal Subjective: Theorizing an addendum of distal causality,” International Journal of Žižek Studies 11(1): 1-19. 

2011. “Revolutionary Emancipation ‘From Below’ in Colombia, a Response to Skocpol,” Critique 39(1): 99-128. 

2010. “Contemporary Colombia: The continuity of struggle,” Labour, Capital and Society 43(2): 3-11.

2009. “Uribe’s Colombia,” Global Dialogue 10(1): 108-119. 

2008. “Agrarian Transformation and Resistance in the Colombian Countryside,” with R. James Sacouman Labour, Capital and Society 41(1): 57-83. 

2008. “Political and Economic Realities behind the ILO Report Applauding Colombian Labour Relations,” with Barb Moore, and Jim Sacouman The Spark Issue 20: 17-25. 

2007. “The Differing Revolutionary Positions of Gramsci and Trotsky in Relation to Classical Marxism, the Peasantry, and the Majority World,” Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies 3(2): 65-92.

2007. “Formas de Desarrollo Poco Convencionales e Ilícitas: La compleja industria del narcotráfico en Colombia,” Cuadernos de Sociología Número 41: 13-68.

2007. “FENSUAGRO’s Struggle for Social Justice,” Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice 19(3): 417-426.

2007. “La Vacilante Economía Política de Uribe: Aumento de la tributación dual de clases, acuerdos bilaterales comerciales dilatados o prolongados, y la creciente inestabilidad rural,” Controversia Número 188: 247-289.

2007. “Government, NGOs and the Paramilitary: A Colombian contradiction,” Development 50(1): 122-127.

2007. “War, Evil, and the End of History. Review essay of Bernard-Henri Lévy’s book concerning the global shift toward apolitical conflict,” Rethinking Marxism 19(1): 143-146.

2006. “Human Rights and the Colombian Government: An analysis of state-based atrocities toward non-combatants,” New Politics 10(4): 124-129.

2005. “The FARC-EP in Colombia: A revolutionary exception in an age of imperialist expansion,” Monthly Review 57(4): 20-33.

2005. “A Theory of Accelerating Rural Violence: Lauchlin Currie’s role in underdeveloping Colombia,” Journal for Peasant Studies 32(2): 335-360.

Book Chapters
2017. “A Violent Escape: Scripting intra-class conflict and (fortifying) contemporary capitalist endurance,” in Mapping Geographies of Violence. Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer and James J. Brittain (Editors). Halifax: Fernwood Publishers. pp.76-106. 

2017. “Theorizing Violence Through an Approach Toward Power,” in Mapping Geographies of Violence. Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer and James J. Brittain (Editors). Halifax: Fernwood Publishers. pp.8-25. 

2015. “The FARC-EP and Consequential Marxism in Colombia,” in Emancipatory Politics: A critique. Stephen Feuchtwang and Alpa Shah (Editors). London: OAC Press. pp.95-132. 

2008. “La cuestión agraria y la lucha armada en Colombia,” y Igor Ampuero, Igor en Recuperando la tierra: El resurgimiento de movimientos rurales en África, Asia y América Latina. Sam Moyo y Paris Yeros (coordinadores). Buenos Aires: CLACSO. pp. 327-399.

2005. “The Agrarian Question and Armed Struggle in Colombia,” with Igor Ampuero in Reclaiming the Land: The Resurgence of Rural Movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Sam Moyo and Paris Yeros (Eds.). London: Zed Books. pp. 359-382.