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Dr Paul Joosse

Assistant Professor

pjoosse@hku.hk
+852 3917 8533

9.16, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Biography

I am an early career theorist who specializes in Weber’s theory of domination as it interacts with social movement theory and (critical) criminology.  My work on Weber, religion, and politics has been published in Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Journal of Classical Sociology, Sociology of Religion, and British Journal of Criminology, among others.  Recent projects have included using the example of Trump to develop a typology of charismatic counter-roles (first publication listed below), and weaving Stanley Cohen’s concept of moral panic with Weber’s theory of charisma to show how charismatic acclamation is intimately liked to the aspersion of ‘folk devils’ (second publication listed below).  I currently serve on the executive board of the International Sociological Association’s Sociological Theory section (RC16).

A second strand of research falls broadly within critical criminology.  Specifically, I have used a variety of research methods (including ethnographic fieldwork) to explore the radical fringes of the environmental movement. This has led to analyses of the social construction of “ecoterrorism” (see eighth publication below) and a critical assessment of the origins of the “lone wolf” phenomenon (see fourth publication below).  A further project has sought to understand resilience to radicalization within the Somali-Canadian diaspora (see fifth publication below).  This criminological research has been published in British Journal of Criminology, Crime Media Culture, and Terrorism and Political Violence, among others.   In connection with this work, I am currently a Senior Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS) and a Fellow in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong.

Earlier on in my career, I was happy to serve as an editorial assistant at the British Journal of Sociology.

Courses taught

Research interests

Social theory
Criminology
Terrorism
Religion
Social movements

Honours and recognitions

2018 American Sociological Association Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article in the Sociology of Culture.

2018-2019 King’s College London/University of Hong Kong Fellowship Award.

2014.  Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award (University of Alberta).

2013.  Graduate Student’s Association Teaching Award (University of Alberta).

2012. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest, 1st Place: “The Presentation of the Charismatic Self in Everyday Life: Reflections on a Canadian New Religious Movement.”

2007. Western Society of Criminology, Best Student Paper Award — 1st Place: “Leaderless Resistance and Ideological Inclusion: the Case of the Earth Liberation Front.”

2006. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest — 2nd Place: “Silence, Charisma and Power: the Case of John de Ruiter.”

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

2018.  “Countering Trump: Toward a Theory of Charismatic Counter-Roles.”  Social Forces.  doi: 10.1093/sf/soy036

2018. “Expanding Moral Panic Theory to Include the Agency of Charismatic Entrepreneurs.”  British Journal of Criminology. Advanced access: doi.10.1093/bjc/azx047

2017.  “Max Weber’s Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy.” Sociological Theory 35(4): 334-358.

           *2018 American Sociological Association Clifford Geertz Prize – Best Article in the Sociology of Culture.

2017. “Leaderless Resistance and the Loneliness of Lone Wolves: Exploring the Rhetorical Dynamics of Lone-Actor Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence 29(1): 52-78.

2015. “Narratives and Counternarratives: Somali-Canadians on Recruitment as Foreign Fighters to al-Shabaab.British Journal of Criminology, 55(4): 811-832 (with Sandra Bucerius and Sara K. Thompson).

2014. “Becoming a God: Max Weber and the Social Construction of Charisma.” Journal of Classical Sociology 14.3: 266-283.

2014. “Anti-globalization and Radical Environmentalism: an exchange on Ethical Grounds.Ethics in Progress Quarterly 5.1: 33-51.

2012 “Elves, Environmentalism, and ‘Eco-Terror’: Leaderless Resistance and Media Coverage of the Earth Liberation Front.Crime, Media, Culture, 8.1: 75-93.

2012. “The Presentation of the Charismatic Self in Everyday Life: Reflections on a Canadian New Religious Movement.Sociology of Religion, 73.2: 174-199.

          *2012. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest, 1st Place

2007. “Leaderless Resistance and Ideological Inclusion: the Case of the Earth Liberation Front.Terrorism and Political Violence, 19.3: 351-368.

          *2007. Western Society of Criminology, Best Student Paper Award, 1st Place

2006. “Silence, Charisma and Power: the Case of John de Ruiter.Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21.3 (October) 2006: 355-371.

         *2006. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest, 2nd Place.

Research reports:

Thompson, Sara K., Sandra Bucerius, Paul Joosse, Kelsi Barkway, Katharina Maier, Kieren Szuchewycz. 2014. Collective Efficacy and Cultural Capital: Building and Fostering Resilience in Different Ethnic Communities. Report for Public Safety Canada.

Joosse, Paul. 2013. Mobilizing Rhetoric in Asymmetrical Warfare: the Origins of ‘Leaderless Resistance.’ Report for Public Safety Canada.

Non-refereed publications:

2010. “Ludwig’s Arrest may have had more to do with Olympics than Evidence.” The Edmonton Journal (January 12) (reprinted in The Vancouver Sun, The Calgary Herald, The BC Province, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, and The Victoria Times-Colonist).

2009. “Investigation Eroding Confidence.” The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, p. A6, August 12, 2009.

2009. “Tomslake’s Whodunit.” The Calgary Herald, p. A11, August 4, 2009.

2008. “RCMP Blows Pipeline Bomb Investigation.” The Calgary Herald, p. A9, December 15.

2008. “Is it only a ‘crazed’ individual behind pipeline bombings?“ The Vancouver Sun, p. A7, November 24.

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