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Where is the ‪‎wisdom‬ we have lost in ‪‎knowledge‬? Where is the knowledge we have lost in ‪‎information‬?

“Where is the ‪‎wisdom‬ we have lost in ‪‎knowledge‬? Where is the knowledge we have lost in ‪‎information‬?” (T. S. Eliot, The Rock, 1934) *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit / Telegram

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“Falsified statistics”, membership celebration, thanks and an important reminder

“The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself” famously said Winston Churchill. I am glad to share with you today that according to our statistics the global academic community of Economic Sociology and Political Economy reached 30,000 members … Continue reading

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The whole human knowledge is within your reach! The only two books you ever have to read :-)

What they do, and what they do not, teach you at Harvard Business School… 😏 *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit / Telegram  

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What is academic freedom?

“The most important aspect of freedom of speech is freedom to learn. All education is a continuous dialogue — questions and answers that pursue every problem on the horizon. That is the essence of academic freedom, of all scientific inquiry.“ … Continue reading

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Who is an economist? Here is Keynes’ answer

In 1924 John Maynard Keynes wrote an obituary essay for a prominent economist Alfred Marshall, one of the founders of the English neoclassical economics and Keynes’ former tutor and academic patron. In this fascinating piece of work Keynes astoundingly mulls over Marshall’s scholarship and intellectual life. Joseph Schumpeter, in his eulogy of … Continue reading

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International Political Economy scholars miss THE question of the 21st century: the rise of a global labor class living in poverty

In the recent years, more and more International Political Economy (IPE) scholars are dissatisfied with the current state of this field of research and desire to identify the ‘Big Questions’ of the 21st century. In this (open access) article, Benjamin … Continue reading

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Economists are self-confident and regularly wrong, admits Columbia economics professor

From the horse’s mouth. Emanuel Derman, Economics Professor at Columbia University: “My gripe with economists is not that their models don’t work well – they don’t, look at the role of central banks in the financial crisis – but that … Continue reading

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Theodor Adorno on philosophy‬, academia, and market

 Theodor Adorno: “Out of piety, laziness, and calculation, ‪‎philosophy continues to muddle through in an ever narrower academic framework, and even there, it is increasingly being replaced with organized tautology. Whoever entrusts themselves to credentialed profundity, fall victim just as a … Continue reading

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Inspiring Victory of Grassroots Activism: Chile to Have Free Higher Education

Due to enduring civil, student-led protests, Chile to have free higher education. This is a huge victory to grassroots activism and social movements. The ‘Chilean Winter’ started in August 2011. A series of ongoing student-led protests across Chile have been sweeping throughout the … Continue reading

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Science is at your feet: Political Science and Sociology’s Most Cited Papers from Each Decade since the 1950s

Using the Web of Science database, Jim Moody (Sociology, Duke University) and Charles Breton (Political Science, University of British Columbia) took the most-cited papers in their respective disciplines, and produced a Top 10 list for each decade going back to … Continue reading

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Zygmunt Bauman: “Sociologizing makes sense only in as far as it helps humanity.”

Zygmunt Bauman: “…Sociologizing makes sense only in as far as it helps humanity.” in: Beilharz, Peter. 2001. The Bauman Reader. Oxford: Blackwell. (p. 335)

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Overly honest reference: “Should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?” :-)

Not sure how this made it through proofreading, peer review, and copyediting… That’s from this paper, but the “reference” was removed today from the HTML version, while PDF is already not accessible. By the way, in the final corrected version of … Continue reading

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On economists, sociologists and evil – an anecdote and an insight from Paul Krugman

Professor Paul Krugman: “When I went to graduate school, I took international trade from Jagdish Bhagwati who explained to his class his personal theory of reincarnation which was that if you are a good economist, the virtuous economist, you are … Continue reading

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How to theorize a research? Richard Swedberg’s “The Art of Social Theory” is a unique book about the craft of theorizing

In the social sciences today, students are taught theory by reading and analyzing the works of Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, Max Weber and other classics. What they rarely learn, however, is how to actually theorize. The Art of Social Theory … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education: the modes of material and symbolic violence undermine public pedagogy and democracy

This important and accessible book is about how policies and modes of material and symbolic violence radically reshape the mission and practice of higher education and its institutions, short-changing a young generation suffering from – and coping with – precarity. … Continue reading

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