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Capital as power and class struggle explained by… Adam Smith?!

In any given society, there is no freedom of contract between capitalist and worker, whose interests are essentially opposite. The power of a landlord, a manufacturer, a merchant resides in his wealth, explaining the inherent subjection of laborers, which lack almost any … Continue reading

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The Alienated Consciousness, Homo Economicus and Capitalism

Norman O. Brown, a brilliant American scholar and social philosopher: “The alienated consciousness is correlative with a money economy. Its root is the compulsion to work. This compulsion to work subordinates man to things, producing at the same time confusion in the valuation of … Continue reading

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The middle class and the politics of the rearguard

White Collar: The American Middle Classes is a pioneering and major study of the American middle class by a prominent sociologist C. Wright Mills, first published in 1951. In this research Mills analyzes the forming of a new class of the white-collar workers … Continue reading

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China’s Minsky moment? Stability leads to instability

Hyman Minsky (1919–1996) was a distinguished American scholar and prominent post-Keynesian economist. In the wake of the 2008-2009 crisis Minsky’s invaluable scientific contribution has widely spread, but soon he has unfortunately disappeared from public and economic discussions. While most of the mainstream economists are … Continue reading

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“Aftermath of a Crisis”: Manuel Castells and his colleagues tackling the crisis and its consequences

“In this crisis, some people are trying to go back and other people are trying to discover what the future could be. What doesn’t work anymore is the present, for anyone. That’s why it’s Aftermath Time.” – Manuel Castells Shortly after … Continue reading

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Money is a mode of governance in a material world of capitalism

Money travels the modern world in disguise. It looks like a convention of human exchange – a commodity like gold or a medium like language. But its history reveals that money is a very different matter. It is an institution … Continue reading

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Community Capitalism in China: the State, the Market, and Collectivism

“Planning and market forces are not the essential difference between socialism and capitalism. A planned economy is not the definition of socialism, because there is planning under capitalism; the market economy happens under socialism, too. Planning and market forces are … Continue reading

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If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” – George Monbiot (a British writer and activist), from “The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen.”

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Happy Valentine’s day, consumers! ;-)

Being dominated by a merciless power-seeking wealthy financier – that’s not “Fifty Shades of Grey” story — this is Neoliberalism.  *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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What is Economic Sociology?

What is Economic Sociology? What is embeddedness? How are markets made and where do markets come from? How do politics, networks and culture matter? What are the institutions of political economy? and How does capitalism differ among countries? Well, our community is built to tackle these fundamental and … Continue reading

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What is financialization? Marxism, Post-Keynesianism and Economic Sociology’s complementary theorizing

The economic crisis erupted in 2007-2008, commonly known around the world as the Global Financial Crisis and in the US as the Great Recession, highlighted – for those who deliberately or unintentionally have in recent years overlooked – the ascendancy of finance, a … Continue reading

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Karl Marx: “Capitalist production… disturbs the metabolic interaction between man and the earth.”

“Capitalist production… disturbs the metabolic interaction between man and the earth… All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of … Continue reading

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What is Historical Sociology? Understanding the origins of the current social world and the consequences of its transformations

Sociology was created to explain historical change, although social sciences’ “founding fathers” disagreed over the nature of that change. Dealing mainly with topics which now can be easily associated with economic sociology and political economy (capitalism and labor),  Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, … Continue reading

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You, Soros and Zizek’s “Cultural Capitalism”: We all BUY our redemption from being consumerists

In this 10 minute discerning and animated talk, the audio in which is complemented by a visually stunning cartoon, a philosopher Slavoj Zizek discusses how ethics and charity have been co-opted by capitalism, and why this is problematic and amoral. … 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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