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Athabasca University

Dr. Richard Marsden



  • Ph.D. (Warwick)
  • M.A. (Industrial Relations) (Wales)
  • B.A. Economics, Honours (Wales)

Supervisory Interests

  • social theory on the organization and politics of work


Dr. Marsden is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. His research focuses on developing social theory to further understanding of the organization and management of work; the interdisciplinary study of emotions; military deception and critical terrorism studies.

Recent Publications

The Furrow or the Ploughshare: Jeremy Corbyn and the Leadership Question. Off-Guardian. July 7, 2016.

Forget “False-Flag”: Terrorism as Military Deception. Off-Guardian. April 28, 2016.

The race to save Peter Kassig’. Off-Guardian. December 14, 2016.

Saddam Hussein and Capital’s Moral Defeat, Counterpunch, December 30, 2011.

In Obama we hope’. Open Democracy, 23 October, 2009.

‘Chapter 3: Labour History and the Development of Modern Capitalism’. In Gunderson, M. and D. Taras. Canadian Labour and Employment Relations. 6th Ed. Pearson: Addison Wesley, Toronto. 2009.

The trial of Saddam Hussein and the coming trials of George W. Bush and Anthony Charles Lynton Blair. Information from Middle East, November 6, 2006.

The President and the Marquis: Habeas corpus vs. lettres de cachet. Information from Middle East, October 21, 2006.

The cry of “wolf!” over terror: A comment on the plane “plot”. uruknet. Information from Middle East, August 14, 2006.

When hope died: The lesson of Ishaqi. Information from Middle East ,June 7, 2006.

Reasonable Doubts about the Guilt and Death of the Deceptive "Mr. Zarqawi". Information from Middle East, June 19, 2006.

Huda's Cry for Palestine. Information from Middle East, July 4, 2006.

The Killing of Nicola Calipari and US Military Deception., Information from Middle East, June 9, 2005.

The Nature of Capital: Marx After Foucault. London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

“The Unknown masterpiece: Marx's model of capital”. Cambridge Journal of Economics. Volume 22, Number 3, May 1998, pp. 297-324.

“A Political Technology of the Body: How Labour is Organized into a Productive Force”. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Vol. 9, No. 1, February 1, 1998 pp. 99-136.

“Class Discipline: IR/HR and the Normalization of Labour”. In A. Mills and P. Prasad (eds.), Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity, Sage, 1997.

“The Owl of Minerva: Reflections on Theory in Practice”. In S. Clegg, C. Hardy and W. Nord (eds.), Handbook of Organization Studies, Sage, 1996, pp. 659-676 (with B. Townley).

“Time, Space and Distance Education”. Distance Education, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 222-246.

“Power and Postmodernity: Reflections on the Pleasure Dome”. Electronic Journal of Radical Organization Theory, vol. 1, no. 1, November 1995, (with B. Townley).

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