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Economic culture in the public sphere: practice, knowledge and discourse

“Economic Culture in the Public Sphere” is the topic of the European Journal of Sociology special issue, edited by Nina Bandelj, Lyn Spillman & Frederick F. Wherry. This very interesting issue deals with the important question of how public understandings of … Continue reading

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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 Historical Sociology? Understanding the origins of the contemporary world and the consequences of current transformations

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

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Religion, “free trade” and faithful globalization: producing a sacred vision of the economy

Religious groups are nor just active on economic issues. Religious leaders and groups can play a crucial role in economic and political life through their discourse; such discourse is a central way that they produce the sacred in the economic … Continue reading

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Pope Francis against neoliberalism, finance capitalism, consumerism and inequality

In November 2013 Pope Francis issued his first Apostolic Exhortation translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. Over 224 pages, in remarkably direct and plain,  but plentiful, language, Pope Francis – the first Pope from the Global South – outlines his vision on … Continue reading

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Why the East India Company became the most powerful business‬ in history? Because it granted its employees the right to pursue their own commercial interests

Exploring trade network dynamics, decision-making processes and organizational context, in an extraordinary Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600–1757 Emily Erikson (Yale University) demonstrates why the English East India Company was a dominant force in the … Continue reading

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Gendering the Recession: Media, Culture and the Reemergence of Gender Tropes

Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity is an interesting book which provides analyses of a recession-era media culture characterized by the reemergence and refashioning of familiar gender tropes, including crisis masculinity, coping women, and postfeminist self-renewal. … Continue reading

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Why the Federal Reserve Failed to See the Financial Crisis of 2008: The Role of “Macroeconomics” as a Sensemaking and Cultural Frame

In this very interesting and enlightening paper by Neil Fligstein, Jonah Stuart Brundage & Michael Schultz (University of California, Berkeley), they tackle one of the puzzles about the crisis of 2008: why the regulators were so slow to recognize the … Continue reading

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Peter A. Hall & Michèle Lamont ask: What is the impact of three decades of neoliberalism on communities and individual lives?

What is the impact of three decades of neoliberalism on communities and individual lives?  What are the sources of social resilience that allowed some groups to sustain their well-being in the face of neoliberal blast waves, while others suffered losses? … Continue reading

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Slavoj Žižek: Why our guilt about consumption is all-consuming?

Slavoj Žižek: “One should introduce the distinction between pleasure and enjoyment elaborated by the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan: what Lacan calls jouissance (enjoyment) is a deadly excess beyond pleasure, which is by definition moderate. We thus have two extremes: on the one … Continue reading

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