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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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BITS & BRIEFS: Historical perspectives on modern finance // Social Insurance isn’t Socialism // Blocking Class Action lawsuits by Wall Street // Failure of equal employment laws in Japan

Financiers of Victorian England would marvel at our nativity about markets and economics – by Prof. Andrew Odlyzk Conservative origins of Social Insurance, and why due to Hayek it became confused with Socialism – by Prof. Elizabeth Anderson Blocking of … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Politics of Nobel Prize // Privilege of leisure // Future of money-like things // Corporate Social Science

Legitimizing “Free Market” and rejecting Social Democracy: Prof. Avner Offer on the origins, power and politics of Nobel Prize in economic sciences How would society change if the aristocratic privilege of leisure becomes the birthright of all? What if jobs are … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Economists sell their prestige // Political Economy of Health Care // Economic forces in policing // Economic Anthropology

Economists sell their academic prestige to justify corporate concentration and capital accumulation — by Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott “The question of ‘Who decides?’ in health care has to be followed by ‘About what?’”; On Economics and Political Economy of Health Care, as … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Sharing Economy and Lifestyles // Newsletter in Economic Sociology // Digital Capitalism // Homelessness and Social Inclusion

“Sharing Economy”: praising the “Local”, distancing from the “Global” and rejecting the practices of earlier cultural elites – by Juliet Schor A new  open-access issue of the European Newsletter in Economic Sociology, edited by Sascha Münnich Understanding Digital Capitalism – A … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Illusion of technological determinism // Working class fears losing // Racism shaped welfare policy // Growth is not “natural”

Once again — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: The illusion of technological determinism: Robots have been about to take our jobs for more than 200 years – by Louis Anslow The union movement’s problem isn’t that workers don’t want to … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Neoliberalism as the secular political theological paradigm // Capitalism stifles democracy // Slave trade and US private prisons // Commercialisation of LGBTQ subcultures

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: Neoliberalism is an extreme and self-destructive manifestation of the modern secular political theological paradigm — by Prof. Adam Kotsko  Social Democracy’s last rounds: When business isn’t intimidated to accept constraints on … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: What would Keynes say? // Commodity called “food” vs. feminine agriculture // Imagine that all work is honored // Why so few economists are studying inequality?

What would John Maynard Keynes say and do now? Listen to Mark Blyth, Dani Rodrik,  Robert Skidelsky, and  Sarah Jaffe Corporate-made profitable commodity called “food” vs. feminine knowledge of agriculture that feeds the world — by Prof. Vandana Shiva Confronting the Parasite … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Algorithms control labor // Sociology of fish market // Lobbying not research // Noodles as currency

In “gig economy” algorithms provide a degree of workers’ oversight and labor control that Taylorism has never dreamt of Sociology of markets: jumbling food, objects and people. Feeling and selling on Billingsgate fish market – by Prof. Dawn Lyon Disguised Lobbying: … Continue reading

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