Monthly Archives: August 2016

BITS & BRIEFS: Plutocracy and Deviant Globalization // Economic justice and black freedom movement // Corporate Power and the Myth of Liberal Ascendancy // Accounting empire

Plutocracy and Deviant Globalization compound each other’s insidiousness and cripple the state to establish a Private Zone of Economic Autonomy – by Prof. Nils Gilman (recommended!) Economic justice has always been at the core of black freedom struggles in the United States … Continue reading

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What is Political Economy? It is Essentially a Historical Science

In December 1867 a German positivist philosopher and economist Eugen Dührings published a critical review of Karl Marx’s Capital. Dühring, inter alia, disapproved the Marxist labour theory of value and asserted, based on his own concept of “ethics of sympathy”, that a dichotomy between … Continue reading

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Growth Fetish

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”   (The Tower of Babel … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Markets and demarketization // Mark Blyth’s reflections // Rosa Luxemburg on the Mass Strike // Moralities and economic change in Africa

Markets before capitalism, capitalist markets, and de-marketing services, capital and labor  after capitalism – by Jesse A. Myerson A vivid interview with Prof. Mark Blyth on his own intellectual journey, International Political Economy, Brexit, TPP, economic sociology (which is “very interesting and … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Exhaustion as a status symbol // Sexism on Wall Street // Business schools drive inequality // Origins and crisis of Neoliberalism

Capitalism, Industrialization and Exhaustion as a Status Symbol: “Burnout is a diagnosis for winners” – by Hannah Rosefield 145 years of frat boys: Institutional Sexism and Gender Discrimination on Wall Street – by Myra MacPherson MBA programs drive Inequality: Business Schools teach … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 5 calls for papers, 6 postdoc and job openings, 6 PhD positions

See below an abundant list of great academic opportunities: calls for papers, PhD fellowships, Postdocs and job openings in various topics and themes of economic sociology and political economy, with August 15 – September 6 deadlines. Share this list with your colleagues … Continue reading

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Market is deceitful, and beauty is vain

“The rise of consumerism led the body image industries to develop a sure-fire formula for success: promote a thin ideal of beauty that the majority of women can never attain and thereby create virtually infinite demand among consumers. The irony … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Maintenance is undervalued // Slave trade and Native Americans // Breakfast and sociology of consumption // History of inequality and populism

Capitalism praises Innovation but fails at Maintenance which for society and working class matters more – by Prof. Andrew Russell An overlooked chapter of the colonial economy in America: enslaving Native Americans and pushing their tribes into slave trade Why is … Continue reading

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Unpaid Labor and the Neoliberal Myth of Meritocracy

Several months ago, a British columnist James Bloodworth published his first book The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working Class Jobs. The main thesis of the book is precisely reflected in its title: it discusses the neoliberal false … Continue reading

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