Monthly Archives: January 2016

BITS & BRIEFS: Male-dominated economics // Postmodern left and neoliberalism // Bauman on social media // Monopoly Capitalism

Economics is a male-dominated profession; for women economists, research done with a co-author counts far less The failure of postmodern Left and the success of neoliberalism: Left promotes its image and avoids building power. Zygmunt Bauman: “People use social media … Continue reading

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SASE deadline is approaching and a reminder

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics is THE scholarly and professional organization of economic sociologists and political economists. Its meetings are always intellectual fetes because of the richness of insightful contents and a warm stimulating atmosphere. The SASE 28th Annual … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Ratings agencies still mislead // Consumer boycotts // Geoffrey Ingham on money // Inequality of sidewalks

Years after the crisis, ratings agencies still mislead and misrepresent – and escape accountability Do consumer boycotts work? It’s complicated. Moral campaigns and Civil Rights- professors Daniel Diermeier, Brayden King, Ivo Welch interviewed Whose money is it? Geoffrey Ingham on the public-private … Continue reading

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Songs of Society and Market

We are very glad to roll out a new section on the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog: Songs of Society and Market. Given the centrality of economic transactions to our lives, it is no surprise that they constitute a common motive … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Why Class Matters // White moral debtors // Apploitation // Trust as a matter of coding

Why Class Matters: Erik Olin Wright on class, capitalism, Max Weber and the meaning of Marxism “We are moral debtors who act as material creditors”, Eula Biss on white privilege, guilt and race Apploitation: “Sharing Economy” has turned San Francisco … Continue reading

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Markets, policy and sociology of economic immorality

In a highly influential book Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics, a distinguished philosopher Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) argued that: “Moral judgment is what we ‘always already’ exercise in virtue of being immersed in a network of human relationships … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever

__________________________________________________ “I blame all of you. Writing this book has been an exercise in sustained suffering. The casual reader may, perhaps, exempt herself from excessive guilt, but for those of you who have played the larger role in prolonging my … Continue reading

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Albert Einstein on the power of ideas and imagination in science

What do the fields of economic sociology and political economy, or social and political sciences in general, have to do with Albert Einstein?.. you might probably ask. Well, they do; and hopefully at the end of this post you will agree with … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Logic of austerity // Growth for growth’s sake // Syriza, the EU & Dieter Groh’s “negative integration” // Social construction of Free Trade

Why has the logic of austerity been widely accepted? Because solidarity is viewed as a scourge – by David Graeber Growth for growth’s sake does NOT reduce poverty, care about the environment or human suffering – by Martin Kirk Syriza, … Continue reading

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