Michael Neocosmos, is an author, translator, Professor and current Director of the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He was formerly the Director of Global Movements Research at the University of South Africa, in Pretoria South Africa. He is also a fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and Honorary Professor in Global Movements at Monash University,Melbourne, Australia.
Neocosmos graduated B.Sc. (1972, Loughborough University, UK); MA (1973, Wye College, University of London, UK), Ph.D. (1982, Bradford University, UK). He has taught at various universities in the United Kingdom and in Africa, most especially at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the University of Swaziland, at the National University of Lesotho where he headed the Department of Development Studies, at the University of Botswana where he was Associate Professor of Sociology, and at the University of Pretoria where he held the position of Professor of Sociology.
- Social Relations in Rural Swaziland (editor) (1987)
- The Agrarian Question in Southern Africa (1993)
- From Foreign Natives to Native Foreigners: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa (2006 & 2010).
Open access online articles
- From people's politics to state politics: aspects of national liberation in South Africa 1984--1994, 1994
- Thinking the Impossible? Elements of a Critique of Political Liberalism in South Africa, 2004
- The State of the Post-apartheid State: the poverty of critique on the South African left, 2004
- Citizenship, Rights and Development: Revisiting the social in Africa today, 2005
- Civil society, citizenship and the politics of the (im)possible: rethinking militancy in Africa today, 2007
- The Pogroms in South Africa: The Politics of Fear and the Fear of Politics, 2008
- Africa and Migration in a Globalised World, 2008
- The Political Meaning of the Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo, 2009
- The Political Conditions of Social Thought and the Politics of Emancipation: An Introduction to the work of Sylvain Lazarus, 2009
- Mass mobilisation, ‘democratic transition’ and ‘transitional violence’ in Africa, 2011
- Transition, human rights and violence: rethinking a liberal political relationship in the African neo-colony, Interface, 2011
- Are Those-Who-Do-Not-Count Capable of Reason? Thinking Political Subjectivity in the (Neo-)Colonial World and the Limits of History, 2012