Category Archives: Books

Social Classes in Medieval Imperial China

Su Xun (1009-1066), a renowned writer of that period, presents a direct testimony on social classes and feudal system in Medieval Imperial China: “The fields are not the property of the men who till them, and those who own the fields do not … Continue reading

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Fictionalizing the Economy and Reviewing Imagined Futures of Capitalism

by Lars Crusefalk* In the book Imagined Futures – Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics, a leading economic sociologist Jens Beckert argues that social scientists need to put more emphasis on how actors in modern capitalistic societies handle uncertainty in relation to … Continue reading

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The Political Economy and Economic Sociology of Brexit

In the beginning, it is said, was Brexit. “Brexit is a revolution”, it is said from the right and by the left. Revolution, though, is a Janus-faced concept that “evokes dialectically linked oppositions: light and darkness; rupture and continuity; liberation and oppression; … 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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Great academic opportunities: SASE conference and 10 additional calls for papers

See below a list of great academic opportunities: 11 calls for papers for conferences and sessions on various topics in economic sociology and political economy, with January 31 – February 18 deadlines. Share this list with your colleagues and students. Good luck! CfP: “What’s Next? … Continue reading

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Karl Polanyi on the Rise of Fascism and Market Economy

A spectre is haunting Europe and the world — the spectre of Fascism (veiled as defensive democracy and common-sense patriotism) and authoritarian neoliberalism (disguised as social protectionism and perceived by laymen as decisive populism). The bothering question of our troubling present is not whether history repeats … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS from Davos: 2500 people controlling the world economy got out of their limos and recalled the “problem of inequality”

It would be funny if it wasn’t disgracefully true… See also: “I don’t see any income inequality!” “Me neither!” *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit

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Nietzsche: There is a type higher than the “productive” man

“Quiet fruitfulness. The born aristocrats of the spirit are not overeager; their creations blossom and fall from the trees on a quiet autumn evening, being neither rashly desired, not hastened on, nor supplanted by new things. The wish to create … Continue reading

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Christmas and conspicuous consumption: “People want something that shows money”

The commercialization of Christmas in the light of — and in the wake of — industrial capitalism in the UK and US during the 19th century– is a very interesting subject matter. (At the end of this post I added two links to … Continue reading

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Joseph Schumpeter’s definition of Economic Sociology

In his monumental History of Economic Analysis, Joseph Schumpeter identified four fundamental fields of economic analysis: economic history, statistics, economic theory and economic sociology. According to Schumpeter, a mastery in these four fields is “what distinguishes the ‘scientific’ economist from all the other … Continue reading

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