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Neil Smelser: “Economic sociology, intellectually, is one of the strongest fields in sociology”

A brilliant and influential sociologist Neil Smelser passed away on Monday at the age of 87, leaving behind an extraordinary intellectual legacy. Among many contributions during his prolific academic career, unparalleled in its diversity and breadth (in social change, social movements, sociology … Continue reading

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The economy derives its meaning only from its uneconomic purpose

A German-Swiss philosopher Karl Jaspers: “We must realize that neither the economy nor any of its forms are absolutes. The economy is not the standard for all that we are and can be. It is indispensable – as water is to … Continue reading

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Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States

by Andrew Kolin* The task at hand is to place the political economy of repression within the contours of U.S. history and sketch in broad terms how, over time, repression is the product of dynamic and fixed relations between capital and … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Judith Stein // Philanthrocapitalism // Economic Sociology vs. Behavioral Economics // Talks on capitalism and democracy in media // Black proletariat

> RIP Judith Stein: a lifelong maverick scholar studying and teaching class, labor, elites, and race in the US history — by Nelson Lichtenstein > Philanthrocapitalism: there is no such thing as a free gift. Linsey McGoey on reinforcing the existing power … Continue reading

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Ten years after the 2007-2008 global financial crisis – the human toll in the financial services sector

by Gregor Gall* Ten years ago this summer, the first rumblings of the thunderclap of what would become the global storm of the great financial crisis of 2007-2008 were heard. The first rumble to be heard was of the panic … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Having Nothing to Say

Gilles Deleuze: “The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people from expressing themselves, but rather force them to … Continue reading

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Pierre Bourdieu: Economism is a form of ethnocentrism

Economic Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is very rich and brilliantly enlightening, as well as non-univocal, and theoretically and intellectually multifaceted. Reflecting on his great contribution to the field, which he preferred to call “Economic Anthropology”, his classic The Logic of Practice (1990; open … Continue reading

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India, Modernity and the Great Divergence – Why the Industrial Revolution and Modern Economic Growth first occurred in England

by Kaveh Yazdani*  How come the world’s eight wealthiest men are as rich as half the planet’s population? Why do the vast bulk of the super-rich come from the West despite the rise of Chinese and Indian capital? And why are … Continue reading

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Market Bubbles: Finance, Art, and the Golden Calf

Two overwhelming events occurred on September 15 and 16, 2008. The first is known to all, the second – to few — but a thread passes between them, showing the fabric of the current socio-economic and cultural system. On September 15 Lehman … Continue reading

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Inequality — The Reality in Two Push Alerts

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