This holiday season looked, and felt, different. As 2021 came to an end, probably many of us have never greeted the new year with so much hope, despite all concerns and some skepticism. I’m sending you and your loved ones my heartfelt wishes for good health, confidence, stability, and (inner) peace in the New Year. Let it be better and safer, more solidary, more successful, and more joyful — for all.
I rounded up here the top 10 most-read posts of the year on the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community blog. These posts unsurprisingly reflect to a large extent the complex socio-economic realities during this turbulent and rough year as well as political, social, and intellectual challenges it generated and posed. You are welcome to (re)read and share them.
I would like to use this opportunity and genuinely thank everyone for being here and for making this community what it really is! Thank you for keeping reading, thinking, and acting. Thanks for every click, ‘like’, retweet, citation, and comment! Thanks for spreading the word and recommending the ES/PE your colleagues, students and friends. Thanks for posting online, referring and sending me links and articles. The ES/PE community proudly counts almost 74,000 members, followers, and readers from about 165 countries — researchers, students, practitioners, journalists, policy makers, and activists who constantly generate more than 150,000 monthly page views on our sites and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Telegram, and Reddit). Achieving the main goal of our community — that is to disseminate the insights of socio-political research on the economy — would be impossible without your support, participation and enthusiasm. Once again, this year too, the ES/PE blog was ranked one of the top 10 blogs and websites in sociology in the world. Together we maintain this intellectual and public campfire — and I am grateful to you all!
As we all conclude this gloomy year and look forward to clearer skies in the next one, what can be said with certainty is that economic sociology and political economy perspectives and insights will be essentially needed to keep on mulling over, debunking, realizing and, of course, changing. Happy, Healthy, and Transformative New Year!
The 10 most-read posts of 2021:
— How Capitalism Survives: Social Theory and Structural Change (by Francesco Boldizzoni, February 26, 2021)
— Albert Einstein on the Power of Ideas and Imagination in Science (by Oleg Komlik, January 8, 2016)
— Building a Predistributive Democracy on the Ruins of Market Justice (by Margaret R. Somers, October 9, 2021)
— Condemning the University of Leicester — Standing for Political Economy and Critical Management Studies (by Oleg Komlik, January 28, 2021)
— Trump as Messiah (by Ivan Light, January 14, 2021)
— Robert Solow’s sarcastic economics (by Oleg Komlik, July 14, 2018)
— Arthur Miller: “An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted (by Oleg Komlik, August 28, 2019)
— Reframing Financialization: Bringing Class Struggle Back In (by Yair Kaldor, November 21, 2021)
— Karl Marx: “Capitalist production… disturbs the metabolic interaction between man and the earth.” (by Oleg Komlik, January, 27, 2015)
— Types of Sociology and Economics Papers 🙂 (May 1, 2021)
The 10 least-read posts of 2021 deserve, in my biased view, more attention:
— Eric Helleiner on Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods, International Development, and Making of the Postwar Order
— What is money? Can we grasp the current state of the economy as a crisis of money itself?
— Inequality is not just about money. Inequality is literally a killing field
— China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization
— Capitalism and Climate Change: History, Theory, Policy
— Lords of Finance and the New Lombard Street
— Debt and Indebtedness: Ethics, the Environment and the Economy
— Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine
— Beyond the Left Turn: The Second Wave of Incorporation of the Popular Sectors in Latin America
— Paul Volcker: “The economics profession is in trouble… We need to pull economics back into the real world of Political Economy.”
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