Category Archives: BITS & BRIEFS

BITS & BRIEFS: Pressures of employability // Debt in academic life // Homo Economicus is a man // Funding religion // Racial inequality

Five thought-provoking  and interesting reads: > Employability is a tragic path of self-policing and the constant questioning of personal achievements, while “free-time” has become a mere continuation of the forms of profit-oriented social life — asserts David Frayne  > Why would a tenure-track … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: In defense of hierarchy // Piketty’s new findings // Turning point in think tanks’ history // When corporations led to equality // Marginalization of racial (in)justice

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: > In defense of hierarchy: nowadays society has forgotten the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence — by Prof. Stephen C. Angle  > The very latest and striking findings from Piketty, Saez & … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Labor in the Global Economy // Invention of consumers // Money costs more for poor // Business of travel and immigration // Slavery fueled capitalism

Seemingly different, but actually quite related five interesting reads: > How technological change, globalization and taxation shrank the share of labor income and empowered capital during the last three decades – by Prof. Kimberly Clausing > Money costs more when you … Continue reading

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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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BITS & BRIEFS: Globalization Revisited // Vulnerability of finance as economic pathology // Engels rebuts Malthus // Varieties of currency

“Globalization Revisited” is the theme of the new Economic Sociology European Newsletter, edited by Sascha Münnich  The structural vulnerability of financial systems is a distinct form of economic pathology – by Onur Ozgöde “Here we have the immorality of the economist … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Distorted antitrust regulations // Separating race from class in US // Prosumer capitalism and McUniversity // Effects of restructured corporations

Chicago School’s intellectual revolution and the derived policies changed the original goals of antitrust and anti-monopoly regulations  Dividing Working Class: How Liberals and Conservatives separated race from class from the Cold War to Clinton era  George Ritzer on Prosumption, prosumer capitalism, … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Political Economy of Nazism // Post-New Left // Yanis Varoufakis on China // The Making of Digital Kenya

The Supermanagerial Reich: Political Economy of Nazi Germany and its striking, surprising parallels with Neoliberalism – an excellent article by Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Raphaële Chappe The Universal and the Particular: Chomsky, Foucault, and Post-New Left political discourse – by Derek Ide The Economy of … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Economics is a pseudoscience // Education, not privatization // “History is the graveyard of elites” // Inequality is a business matter

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: By fetishizing mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience — by Prof. Alan Jay Levinovitz  The privatization of public schools is profitable, but it divides communities and erodes the … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Privatization increases inequality // Class mobility in Iran // Sacred cow or car? // Sociology of consumption and culture

Privatization increases inequality: fees go up, wages go down, and social exclusion widens – a new study found Political economy, class mobility and status aspiration in contemporary Iran — by Dr. Zuzanna Olszewska  Sacred cow or sacred car? Dr. Vandana Shiva … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Nancy Fraser on a crisis of care // Thomas Piketty on Anthony Atkinson // Politics of divination and neoliberalism // From Karl Marx to basic income

Nancy Fraser: “The financialized form of capitalism is systematically consuming our capacities to sustain social bonds… The result is a “crisis of care” Thomas Piketty on the passing of Anthony B. Atkinson: a great professional portray and a personal perspective  … Continue reading

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