Monthly Archives: March 2016

Accounts: a Newsletter of the ASA Economic Sociology section

Accounts is the newsletter of the vibrant section of Economic Sociology at the American Sociological Association, published several times a year. I read it regularly – it always provides a comprehensive and interesting overview of what happens in the field of Economic Sociology (mainly … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: What is money? // Uberization of work and Shareholder Value // Credit and politics of inequality // R.I.P. John Urry

What is money? Money is a social system. Why and how it is created and used? An instructive podcast (25 min), featuring academics How the Uberization of work is rooted in the cult of Shareholder Value; “Corporations are ‘job creators’ … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Norway vs. the wealthy // Neoliberalism in the Global South // Slavery made Capitalism // Mark Blyth & Yanis Varoufakis

How did Norway break the power of the wealthy? A historical glance into a collective nonviolent struggle. Neoliberalism in the Global South – Arab world, Africa & Asia: the shift in development strategies since the 1970s Slavery: The Capital that … Continue reading

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Erich Fromm: Man is a cog in the vast economic machine

Erich Fromm: “In capitalism economic activity, success, material gains, become ends in themselves. It becomes man’s fate to contribute to the growth of the economic system, to amass capital, not for purposes of his own happiness or salvation, but as … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Free trade and World War I // Zelizer’s The Social Meaning of Money // Why Anti-Tax is Pro-Family // Social Class and consumption in Japan

Free trade, specialization in production and global division of labor are the causes of the First World War – Prof. Branko Milanovic on Avner Offer’s The First World War: An Agrarian Interpretation 20 years after Viviana Zelizer’s The Social Meaning of Money – … Continue reading

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