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Thorstein Veblen on Business Interests in Education and Media

Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of Business Enterprise (1904) is a superb political economy book in which this original economist, talented sociologist and influential intellectual analyzed the growing corporate domination of culture, society and the economy in the US at the dawn … Continue reading

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Reading on Karl Marx’s 200th anniversary

There’s nothing like marking Karl Marx’s bicentenary reading these “Red” newspapers! 😉 And, read “Karl Marx@200: Debating Capitalism and Perspectives for the Future of Radical Theory“, an interesting Communication, Capitalism & Critique (open-access) special issue, featuring thought- and action-provoking articles by David … Continue reading

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Social Media, Authoritarian Capitalism, and Donald Trump

by Christian Fuchs* In the years from 1986 until 1999, the leader of the Austrian Freedom Party Jörg Haider with the help of anti-immigration slogans, politics as entertainment, a juvenile and dynamic habitus, as well as ridicule of opponents led his … Continue reading

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Giddens: We are suffering from ‘cosmopolitan overload’ and a huge task lies before us – to create responsible capitalism

by Labinot Kunushevci* From the editor: The following interview with a distinguished British sociologist and political thinker Lord Anthony Giddens is interesting from various perspectives. The interview is part of the forthcoming book by Labinot Kunushevci featuring his conversations with renowned social scientists. The emphases … Continue reading

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You found water on Mars. Very nice. So what about investing now tens of billions of dollars in dealing with water scarcity on Earth?

“While the great powers are trying to reach the moon, we are trying to get to the village.”  (Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, 1974) According to the United Nations: “Water scarcity is among the main problems to be faced … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty: “Take a serious interest in money… Those who have a lot of it never fail to defend their interests.”

These are Thomas Piketty’s  last words in his ground-shaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The Economic Sociology and Political Economy global community proudly realizes their prescriptive meaning: “All social scientists, all journalists and commentators, all activists in the unions and in politics of … Continue reading

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The Art of Banking: a joke (i.e. an insight) from Wall Street

An old Wall Street joke tells about a junior financial journalist that naively asked the manager of investment banking division: “Why do customers keep buying mutual and provident funds despite their scant profits and low yields?” The senior financier amusedly looked … Continue reading

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Herbert Marcuse: Power of Repressive Tolerance

Herbert Marcuse‘s resonant and insightful words: “In the contemporary period, the democratic argument for abstract tolerance tends to be invalidated by the invalidation of the democratic process itself. The liberating force of democracy was the chance it gave to effective dissent, … 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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After Financial Times’ botched and bungled attack on Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty–First Century fainted, in order to escape from dealing with the essence Bloomberg BusinessWeek chose a different tactic which is a) kind of funny, b) pathetic.

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The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications

Over the last decade, political economy has grown rapidly as a specialist area of research and teaching within communications and media studies and is now established as a core element in university programmes around the world. The Handbook of Political Economy … Continue reading

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