Category Archives: Art

BITS & BRIEFS: Policies and perceived job security // Rubinstein, Rodrik and sociology of economics // Keynes’ oddest work // What have we learned after the crisis?

Unemployment assistance or dismissal protection? How do policies shape workers’ perceptions of job security? Interesting findings from 23 countries by Lena Hipp Ariel Rubinstein elegantly reviews Dani Rodrik’s superb book Economics Rules, adding his own insights on sociology of economics profession, … Continue reading

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The Waste of the Progress

The Waste of the Progress While shelf life gets shorter and fashions rotate, Consumption is a skipping rope to leap over a payroll date. Acquire your duds, use and throw them away… The Progress rolls down a slope anyway.   … Continue reading

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“I listen to money singing… It is intensely sad.”

  “Money”, by  Philip Larkin  Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me: ‘Why do you let me lie here wastefully? I am all you never had of goods and sex. You could get them still by writing a few cheques.’ So … Continue reading

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The Closing of the Mind

“What is advertised as a great opening is a great closing.” Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (1987), p. 34 “Landscape with Figures” by George Tooker (1992) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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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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The darkness of corporate enlightenment

James Doolin, “Study for Corporate Rise“, 1986 (oil on canvas) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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Orthodoxy

“The principal enemy is orthodoxy: to use the same recipe, administer the same therapy, to resolve the most various types of problems; never to admit complexity and try to reduce it as much as possible, while ignoring that things are … Continue reading

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The alienated consciousness, dehumanized human nature and capitalism

Norman O. Brown, a brilliant American scholar and social philosopher: “The alienated consciousness is correlative with a money economy. Its root is the compulsion to work. This compulsion to work subordinates man to things, producing at the same time confusion in the valuation of … Continue reading

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