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Dr Matthew Doyle BA, MA, MSc, PhD

Teaching Fellow in Social Anthropology

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Matthew Doyle is a Teaching Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Southampton. He is a social anthropologist who studies the contemporary politics of the Latin American Left, highland indigenous peoples and the effects of constitutional and legal reform on the governance of local communities.

Matthew's fieldwork in Bolivia studied the political institutions of a Quechua-speaking indigenous community and their relationship with the national 'Movement Towards Socialism' government.

He has taught at Southampton since 2018 and at the University of Sussex where he is co-director of the Sussex Social Science and Ethics Research Group: an interdisciplinary network of academics interested in the empirical study of ethics and morality.

Research interests

Matthew's field research in Bolivia studied a highland indigenous community and the effects of various constitutional and legal reforms on its local politics. He is currently writing a monograph titled 'Conflict in the New Bolivia: Politics, Identity and the State', which examines the paradoxical consequences of the national Movement Towards Socialism party's project of populist reform, situating this within a broader analysis of the Pink Tide movement of democratically elected left-wing Latin American governments.

Matthew's main theoretical interests are political and economic anthropology and the social scientific study of morality. He has also carried out research on legal pluralism in Latin America, the politics of religious ritual and the cultural politics of urban spaces.

Recent projects he has led include:

  • The Politics of Indigenous Religious Ritual in Urban Bolivia' funded by a Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Postdoctoral Research Grant. This investigated how, in contemporary Bolivia, religious rituals are used by rural-urban indigenous migrants in mass cultural events and political protests as part of attempts to occupy and redefine urban space and to shape oppositional political subjectivities.
  • Methodologies in the Anthropology of Ethics' was a three-day international symposium which brought together leading figures in anthropology who study ethics and morality in human social life.

Matthew convenes, lectures and leads seminars on the following modules:

  • ANTH1001 Exploring Other Cultures
  • ANTH2001 Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
Dr Matthew Doyle
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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