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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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Zygmunt Bauman on Liberalism and Neoliberalism

Zygmunt Bauman, one of the greatest thinkers of the post-Second World War period, a distinguished sociologist and influential public intellectual, has passed away. He has departed to “liquid eternity”, his family told. This is a sad news and an enormous loss. During … 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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In Cryptography We Trust — Money as a Secularized Theodicy

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What is Political Economy? It is Essentially a Historical Science

In December 1867 a German positivist philosopher and economist Eugen Dührings published a critical review of Karl Marx’s Capital. Dühring, inter alia, disapproved the Marxist labour theory of value and asserted, based on his own concept of “ethics of sympathy”, that a dichotomy between … Continue reading

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Market‬ vs. Civilization

True story (The photo taken in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on the road to the Museum of Civilization) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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Academic CV of Failures – a motivational lesson

A fundamental rule of writing a resume rests on the unspoken prescript of omitting anything that didn’t go as planned or actually didn’t worked out. This principle is doubly valid and relevant with regard to preparing an academic CV. Each academic CV is … Continue reading

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Consensus in economics: when and why economists stopped discussing each other’s work

A French moralist and essayist Joseph Joubert, known for his posthumously published Pensées (Thoughts), wrote “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it”. I recalled this quote while reading Joe Francis’ interesting post … Continue reading

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Accounts: a Newsletter of the ASA Economic Sociology section

Accounts is the newsletter of the vibrant section of Economic Sociology at the American Sociological Association, published several times a year. I read it regularly – it always provides a comprehensive and interesting overview of what happens in the field of Economic Sociology (mainly … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever

__________________________________________________ That’s real and so truthful 🙂 Thank you for being a striker, Professor Pietsch! *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Reddit / Tumblr

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