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S A Hamed Hosseini

Academic Profile Summary

As a political and economic sociologist, Hosseini’s main field of research is shaped around the social impacts of capitalist globalization (on health, education, environment, democracy, and social inequalities) as well as the recent progressive responses to global crises (i.e. the post-capitalist alternative praxes). Hosseini’s studies particularly focus on the relationships between ideas, identities, social practices, and their changing socioeconomic structures including the new technological advancements.

He has conducted mixed-method (quantitative-qualitative) interdisciplinary research on Collective Cognition and Social Closed/Open-mindednessGlobal Justice Movements, Post-capitalist meta-ideologies, and the Political Identity of young Muslims and Muslims’ Joblessness in Australia. As an expert in advanced quantitative social research and large data analyses, he has developed and measured new Composite Indicators in sociology such as “Critical Open-mindedness” and “Social Well-living” (as an alternative to the Eurocentric notions of “well-being”).

Research Highlights:

  1. Studying Post-C5 Alternative Futures beyond dependency on Carbon /  CapitalColoniality/ Compulsive Growth / Corruptive Politics; using  Eco-Commonism (watch YouTube) and Transversalism as meta-theoretical and meta-ideological frameworks. (Post-Capitalist Futures StudiesTransformative Global(ization) StudiesCritical Development StudiesSocial Movement Studies)
  1. Liberation Methodology: Applied Social and Community Informatics to promote post-capitalist futures, including the application of (Big) Social Data Analytics (SoDA), Q Methodology, Discourse Network Analysis (DNA) and Social Network Analyses (SNA) for empowering post-C5 coalitions, enterprises, and communities through co-creating “Open Data” Commons, Knowledge Commons, and Commonist Information Ecologies. (Critical Computational Social Sciences – CCSS; Social Informatics; Social Statistics; Complex Indicators Development)
  2. Studying social and communal Well-Living as a post-Eurocentric, decolonial alternative way of understanding Quality of Life (QoL) and Well-being. (Quality of Life Studies; Postcolonialist Studies; Post-development studies)
Articles, Chapters, Essays

Hosseini has written extensively on post-capital alternatives and progressive social movements and is a pioneering international scholar in the field of transformative global studies.

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Projects and Initiatives

Hosseini is the founder and leader of UON Alternative Futures Research Network, and founder and chief editor of ‘Common Alternatives’ initiative, founder of The Well-living Lab, co-founder and convenor of Alternative Futures Research Hub, co-founder and co-director of New Economy Network Australia Research Hub, and the Lead CI of Re-imagining Quality of Life Post-COVID project (2021) 

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Recent Posts: Global Alternatives

“Subverting the Corporate Form” by Dr. Jim Stanford

Subverting the Corporate Form by Jim Stanford for 2018 Alternative Futures Symposium UON Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Symposium Working across Differences, beyond Carbon, Capital and Commodity Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd of November 2018 Source: “Subverting the Corporate Form” by Dr. Jim Stanford

Theorizing Social Ideations: Beyond the Divide between Humanities and Social Sciences

This article briefly reviews the historical changes in the social theories of collective cognition/knowledge, and reveals a classical divide between two major, supposedly rival, paradigms that still influence mainstream studies, i.e., (1) the realist determinist; and (2) the subjectivist constructionist. This division has prevailed in both humanities and social-behavioral sciences until recent challenges by critical […]

Transversality in Diversity: Experiencing Networks of Confusion and Convergence in the World Social Forum

Hosseini, S. A. H. (2015). “Transversality in Diversity: Experiencing Networks of Confusion and Convergence in the World Social Forum.” International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, 4(1), 54-87. Abstract Drawing on the World Social Forum as an exemplary case study, this article shows how an emerging mode of cosmopolitanist vision (‘transversalism’) can be explained in […]

Alternative Globalizations – cited in Globalization 230 Most Asked Questions on Globalization

Capital and Its Alternatives: Why capital in 21st century needs a better definition

PDF copy: Capital and Its Alternatives David Harvey in his short criticism of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in 21 Century, rightfully questions Piketty’s definition of ‘capital’ as one of his central difficulties: “Capital is a process not a thing. It is a process of circulation in which money is used to make more money often, but […]

Major issues confronting academics

My Statement (Nomination for the University Council 2014-2016) I believe that the purposes of academia cannot be realized without the freedom of inquiry, workplace democracy, and fairness in the distribution of opportunities. Unfortunately, our universities have become increasingly under assault by the forces of ‘austerity’, ‘commercialization’, and ‘corporatization’. Sustainable improvement is possible only in an […]

Joseph Stiglitz: The price of inequality

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize winning economist, warns that the trend towards inequality is rising worldwide. So what’s causing it? Why is it on the increase and what are the consequences? * Duration 54:27, Play Position: 49:52 * Published 4/11/14 8:05:00 PM * Episode Download Link: * Show Notes: * Podcast Feed: Big […]


In higher education, unions are part of the problem as much as part of the solution! a grassroots movement is very much needed to reclaim both the university and the unions

We academics of rank and file all know very well (we have actually experienced this with pain) how universities have turned into corporations and that the transparency is not there, that the staff are SHAMELESSLY, FORMALLY seen as COSTS and Buildings as INVESTMENT, and that over every bargaining season, we have to spend many hours […]

HOW would a wellbeing economy movement addresses the current problems of ownership, power and wealth distribution?

Considering that we are already living in a world where capital has unparalleled supremacy, in association with the corporate welfare state, plutocratic political systems, and corporate commercial media ascendency, HOW would a wellbeing economy movement addresses the current problems of ownership, power and wealth distribution?; beyond dreaming and policy recommendations and limited collaborations with sympathetic […]

What is a good university?

From the conservatives and top managerial class point of view, a good university is a dead university: No physically existing classrooms/lecture rooms, fancy buildings ready to be rented out to companies, no ongoing positions (except for the senior managerial oligarch), hot-desked staff that are now mostly casuals, no student-staff unions and activism, students reduced to […]

From the Global Justice Movement to Occupy Wall Street Movement and Beyond

Hosseini discusses the historical shifts in the so-called global justice movement from the mid-90s to today and the its future. Dr Hosseini’s university lecture Course: People Power: Social Movements and Community Activism 1 May 2012 Lecturer at the University of Newcastle

The Future of Occupy Wall Street Movement: From Zapatistas to Zuccotti and Beyond

This is Dr Hamed Hosseini’s presentation in 7 May 2012 on the roots, ideological features and the destiny of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Location: UTS, Sydney.

Capitalism and Globalization

S A Hamed Hosseini                                                                                      25-March-2010 The globalist theories of globalization have not only been criticized for their ambiguous definitions of globalization (as an unrealistic concept that fails to grasp the multidimensionality and plurality of reality) but also for their underlying ideological assumptions. Globalization has not only been used by these theories to describe […]

Recent Posts: Life On the Margins

Why when your ethnically-mainstream coworker thinks he lives in a lucky country and invites you to relax, he is actually exercising racial discrimination against you

Racial inequality at work manifests itself in many ways; sometimes mixed with the organizational hierarchies (e.g. when it comes to distributing the opportunities) and sometimes even among the co-workers of the same ranking! One subtle example of the latter is in the way in which the division of labor is managed within groups of co-workers […]

The Rise, Fall and Rise of racist Australia: why we are no longer a multicultural society?

Here is my reflection on the recent debate around multiculturalism. I don’t think much of our multiculturalism, we could build up over decades of struggle from below, is left these days thanks to Howard’s anti-egalitarian legacy , which was later adopted, adapted and applied by the new labor in a more moderate but still substantially […]

Amnesty International Head Irene Khan on

Amnesty International Head Irene Khan on “The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights” Shared via AddThis

Dynamics of Social Marginalization 1

Dynamics of Marginalization (DoM) is a series of short discussion papers I am presenting through this web log. Researching DoM is about exploring how a group of people are socially marginalized and what are the main social mechanisms of such process. In this section, I attempt to develop a preliminary definition of ‘social marginalization’ as […]

Life on the Margins

Life on the Margins is a Web-log allocated to the exploration, discussion and criticism of many social mechanisms through which groups of people and individuals are marginalized in our society. It also aims to: raise people’s awareness of the root causes of social exclusion. fill in the gap between the academic studies of social inequality […]

Recent Posts: Colliding Cosmos

De facto Gnosticism!

Both atheism and theism assume the final answer to the question of supreme reality/truth without a second of critical inquiry. Agnosticism removes the question completely by saying that we do not know and thus deprives itself of any attempt to search. All these three close to the door to inquiry and curiosity. Gnosticism (in its […]

Is science empty of faith?

“I would like 2016 to be the year when people remembered that science is a method of investigation, and NOT a belief system”. John Cleese (English actor) Science without some degree of belief is meaningless. A degree of belief in your hypothetical understanding of reality is always needed to help you persist your inquiry and […]

When We Play the Card of ‘Diversity’

Sometimes, I  feel that we, the so-called intellectual Muslims, are very strange creatures. We tend to love diversity when we are supposed to have harmony and we tend to love unity when we are supposed to be diverse and respectful (like in our political views, etc). There must be a reason for this; or in […]

The tyranny of translation

I’m struggling to translate a short summary of my book to Farsi today. I was just assuming it must be very easy, but it’s really getting torturous. Not because I have become so professionally and deeply absorbed in the world of English  language that I have lost my ability to write in my mother tongue; […]

Towards an Accommodative Theory of Justice?

“A short review of major theoretical controversies over the definition of social justice can provide us with a basic framework for mapping the definitions of justice among the movement actors. Theoretical controversies can be roughly discussed in terms of: (1) the units of justice; (2) content of justice; and (3) the institutional bases of justice. […]

Sociology of Dissident Knowledge

Seminar Sociology of Dissident Knowledge In spite of the recent growing emphasis on the ideational dimension of collective action, many theoretical attempts and the studies influenced by them evidence significant problems in explaining the historical emergence and development of movements’ cognitions. These problems stem from: (1) a failure at the metatheoretical level, that is, their […]

Hello world!

Hello World! I am just borne. Will become a space for discussing the underlying logic of both the discourses of power and resistance.  A new method of analysis which I would like to call Critical Ideational Analysis (CIA) as an alternative/complement to Critical Discourse Analysis.

Recent Posts: The revolutionary Ideas of a strange book

Ibrahim’s prayers – I

Following is my first attempt to translate few interesting verses we may use in our daily prayers by getting as close as I could to the core meanings of key terms and surely needs to be improved further. These verses report what Ibrahim prays to God. Our _Rabb_ (nurturer, guider, and awakener)! You certainly know […]

The meaning of ‘fitr’ in Qur’anic context

Eid ul Fitr Homily (13-May-21) First homily Peace be upon you! Thank you for attending our Eid ul Fitr prayer. خطبه اول. سلام علیکم. انَّ الْحَمْدَ للهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَهْدِيهِ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ وَنَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا، مَن يَهْدِ اللَّهُ فَهُوَ الْمُهْتَدِي ۖ وَمَن يُضْلِلْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ ،  وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا […]

Qur’anic humanism is niether theocentric nor anthropocentric!

A number of verses in Quran are used by contemporary Islamic intellectuals (like Dr Ali Shariati) to support their humanistic visions. In Chapter 51, Verses 56-59 try to explain ‘why’ humans (divided between two groups of Jinn and Inns) are created: And remind (O’ Muhammad); the Reminder benefits the believers (56) I have not created […]

Essentionalism in religious studies is doomed to fail due the complex reality of faiths

Three levels of reality can be attributed to any faith when studying religions: The Practical Reality of Faith that refers to a variety of the ways through which a faith is practiced by its self-claimed followers; surely this is a very plural and multifaceted reality; The Discursive-Cognitive Reality of Faith refers to a variety of […]

Recent Posts: بدیلستان

Capital needs a better definition

Capital needs a better definition David Harvey in his short criticism of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in 21 Century, rightfully questions Piketty’s definition of ‘capital’ as one of his central difficulties: “Capital is a process not a thing. It is a process of circulation in which money is used to make more money often, but not […]

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Recent Posts: Planet Plunder - چپاول جهانی

🔰 ایران چه گونه ایران شد؟ توهماتی که باید برملا شوند

پس از عهد شاه عباس و تا به پایان رسیدن روزگار صفویان نام سرزمین تحت سلطه ی آنها به «ممالک محروسه»؛ «ممالک محروسهٔ خسروانی» و «ممالک محروسهٔ همایون» نامیده می شده است. مکاتبات مربوط به دورهٔ شاه سلطان حسین نشان دهنده استفاده مکرر از این اصطلاح در اواخر دوران صفویه است در دوران قبل از […]

🌀 از فلسفه نوافلاطونی پلوتینوس تا نظریه ی تفرد گرا 🌀

فلوطین (پلوتینوس) که موسس مکتب نوافلاطونی هاست، یک مصری بود که در سال 204 بعد از مسیح به دنیا می آید و در سن 28 سالگی به اسکندریه مصر که تحت حاکمیت رومی ها بوده می رود و فلسفه یاد میگیرد. در مورد این که آیا وی یک مصری الاصل (آفریقایی) بود یا یک یونانی […]

🌀چرا به جای عدم، هستی هست؟ به سوی هستی شناسی پویشی تفردگرا🌀

بیایید هستی در حال تکامل به سمت مطلق شدن را واقعیت بنامیم و هستی مطلق شده را حقیقت. حقیقت و واقعیت در تعامل دیالکتیکی باهم به سر می برند. حقیقت از واقعیت واقعی تر است چرا که پویش یا حرکت جوهری واقعیت همان تحقق نهایی حقیقت است تحت هدایت حقیقت. اما همچنین این واقعیت است که بستر تحقق حقیقت است.  

قصه لیلی و مجنون قصه بی انتهای عشق انسان و خود ایده آل اش است❤️‍🔥

داستانهای اسطوره ای را می توان به اشکال مختلف تفسیر کرد و هرکس از ظن خودش یارشان می شود. اما باید اجزای تفسیر در هماهنگی منطقی باشند. در سطور زیر برداشت این حقیر را می یابید که قابل بحث است و همین قابل بحث بودن است که قدرت نفوذ اسطوره و راز بقای آن است. […]

توهم پیشرفت در زمان پهلوی

👆 یکی از مهم ترین شاخص های توسعه یافتگی میزان سواد در بین افراد یک جامعه به خصوص افراد بالاتر از سن 15 سال است که اماده برای کار و مشارکت اجتماعی و سیاسی و فرهنگی در جامعه هستند.و یکی از توهماتی که توسط برخی رسانه های فارسی زبان خارج از ایران تقویت شده و […]

🚩 چرا سوسیالیسم؟ 🚩

نوشته البرت انشتیننوشته شده در ماه می 1945 (77 سال پیش در چنین ماهی) برای مجله مانتلی ری وی یو ترجمه آزاد از گزیده هایی از نوشته؛ مترجم: عبدالحامد حسینی علم نمی تواند اهداف متعالی زندگی بشری را تعیین کند. حتی علم نمی تواند این اهداف را در ذهن و روان انسانها بکارد. علم ، […]

🌀آیا کوروش کبیر پارسی بود و موسس هخامنشیان؟

⭕کورش دوم معروف به کورش کبیر در منشور معروف اش می گوید که وی فرزند کمبوجیه اول و وی فرزند کورش اول و وی فرزند چیش پیش بوده است. وی می گوید اجدادش پادشاهان شهر انشان یکی از دو شهر مرکزی باقی مانده از امپراطوری کهن عیلام بوده اند. از این رو وی خود را […]

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