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Forms of Capital and Moral Legitimation of Capitalism

by Ivan Light* The class system routinely provides people with resources they need to enact their inherited status. These resources are Pierre Bourdieu’s four forms of capital: financial, human, cultural, and social. A coal miner’s son will not need and … Continue reading

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The Future of Work

“I can’t remember — do I work at home or do I live at work?“ See below insightful books on various aspects of the phenomenon reflected in the cartoon. The point is, although they were written in the pre-COVID-19 world, … Continue reading

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B&B: Laissez-faire & monetary technophilia // Psychoanalysis as a capitalist drug // Sociology and economics // Hobsbawm on May Day // Big Tech uses the Covid-19 crisis // Artists’ strikes

> “As ugly as the public provision of money can sometimes be, its digital privatization is all too likely to be vastly worse” — Frank Pasquale reviews three recent books examining the laissez-faire ideology of monetary technophilia: David Golumbia’s The … Continue reading

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Rest in Power, David Graeber – the Activist-scholar who Lived the Coupling of Theory and Praxis

A prominent social scientist and committed public intellectual David Graeber has died. This is devastating news and an enormous loss… Graeber was an original thinker, distinguished researcher, incredible writer, and vigorous speaker. He genuinely embodied the amalgam of scholarship and … Continue reading

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We Make our Careers in Networks

I recently came across an engaging and illuminating article “On the Acrimoniousness of Intellectual Disputes” written by a prominent American sociologist Randall Collins. Not just researchers and academics will find this paper relevant and thought-provoking because it tackles the inner … Continue reading

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Great academic opportunities: 18 PhD fellowships, 12 calls for papers, 6 jobs, 2 winter schools, a post-doc, an award

Dear ES/PE community member, see below a list of great academic opportunities: 18 PhD fellowships, 12 calls for papers for online/off-line conferences and special issues, 6 job openings, 2 winter schools, a post-doc position, and an award in various areas … Continue reading

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The Return of the State

        “Stop! Wait! Government’s no longer the problem — it’s the solution.” For in-depth discussions on various angles of the ‘State (in the Economy)’ topic: — Bourdieu, Pierre. 2015. On the State: Lectures at the Collège de … Continue reading

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Democracy vs. Irony, Tragedy and Pathos

Disturbing events in several countries around the world during this turbulent time sprang to my mind a sharp observation by a prominent and influential American thinker and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr: “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination … Continue reading

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B&B: Piketty – Covid-19 is an opportunity // Gendered lens on Covid-19 // Economic histories of pandemics // Pharma and the shareholder value // Network, not skills // Nature’s economics

> “Inequality is neither random nor unfortunate; it is structurally engineered, legally enforced, and politically and ideologically driven.” Gendered impacts of COVID-19 on work and workers — by Joanne Conaghan > What were pandemics’ effect on markets, prices and wages … Continue reading

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American Sociology’s Emergence and Separation from Political Economy

Rereading Philippe Steiner’s excellent, thorough and highly recommended Durkheim and the Birth of Economic Sociology (2011) — in which Steiner argues that there were two stages in Durkheim’s approach to the economy: a sociological critique of political economy and a sociology … Continue reading

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The Long Divorce Between the Economy and Financial Markets

by Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely* As the coronavirus spread around the world, the global economy entered a recession unprecedented in scale. The World Bank predicts a 5.2 percent economic contraction by the end of this year—the largest downturn … Continue reading

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What is Institutional Economics?

From William Dugger’s Underground Economics: A Decade of Institutionalist Dissent: “Institutionalism serves as the methodological conscience to the unrealistic neoclassicism that now dominates economics departments in U.S universities. Realism is the touchstone of institutionalism. Institutionalists may differ over many particulars, … Continue reading

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B&B: Economists’ blindness to racism // We are all fast-food workers // For abolition of work // Arms purchase // Tests for profit // The financialized imagination // Gendered economics

This time, especially worth reading and sharing pieces: > Racism is a system that manifests in norms, institutions, and policies. Economists who want to challenge it must abandon neoclassical assumptions and recognize the role of history, power, and institutions in … Continue reading

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Bruno Latour on Uncertainty and Knowledge

“The world is not a solid continent of facts sprinkled by a few lakes of uncertainties, but a vast ocean of uncertainties speckled by a few islands of calibrated and stabilized forms. Do we really know that little? We know … Continue reading

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The Great Transformation — 75 Years Later

Karl Polanyi’s masterpiece The Great Transformation was written during the Second World War and published in 1944, but the relevance and importance of this preeminent book has continued to grow. 75 year later, The Great Transformation — an admirable treatise … Continue reading

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