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Economic Sociology and Political Economy
ES/PE is the global academic community of researchers, students and practitioners interested in Economic Sociology and Political Economy (run by Oleg Komlik)
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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 their economic behavior. Beckert emphasizes how institutional mechanisms, like competition and credits, in modern capitalism enforce future orientation on the actors. In doing so it propels economic behavior forward, toward an uncertain future, where fictional expectations and imagined futures shape our economic actions.
The eleven chapters of this thoroughly crafted book are divided into three parts... // See the rest of the review:

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>> The Political Economy and Economic Sociology of Brexit: Origins, Trajectories and Consequences.

In the beginning, it is said, was Brexit. “Brexit is a revolution”, it is said from the right and by the left. Revolution, though, is a Janus-faced concept that “evokes dialectically linked oppositions: light and darkness; rupture and continuity; liberation and oppression; hope and disillusion”, determined Arno J. Mayer (2000: 23). But was Brexit the beginning? Well, this is debatable. Hannah Arendt rightly insisted that “revolutions are the only political events which confront us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning” (1963: 22). So while revolutions abruptly pose the problem of beginning, the question arises whether #Brexit was nonetheless the end of the beginning? Let us hope, however, that was not the beginning of the end, as sighted in his time by Karl Polanyi.
See the rest of the post, leading to the great (open-access) collection of essays on the origins, trajectories and consequences of Brexit

See the post leading to insightful collection of interesting essays on Brexit:

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See a list of great academic opportunities: 8 calls for papers for interesting conferences and workshops, 3 PhD and 2 Job openings, and a summer school on various topics in economic sociology and political economy, with February 20 – March 13 deadlines. Share this list with your colleagues and students. Good luck!

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BITS & BRIEFS: Privatization increases inequality // Class mobility in Iran // Sacred cow or car? // Sociology of consumption and culture

> #Privatization increases inequality: fees go up, wages go down, and social exclusion widens – a new study found
> Political economy, class mobility and status aspiration in contemporary Iran — by Dr. Zuzanna Olszewska
> Sacred cow or sacred car? Dr. Vandana Shiva questions the impacts of India’s burgeoning love affair with motorcars
> Visual #sociology of consumption and culture: Photos reveal what dinnertime looks like across the US

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BITS & BRIEFS: Nancy Fraser on a crisis of care // Thomas Piketty on Anthony Atkinson // Politics of divination and #neoliberalism // From Karl Marx to basic income
> Nancy Fraser: “The financialized form of capitalism is systematically consuming our capacities to sustain social bonds… The result is a “crisis of care”
> Thomas Piketty on the passing of Anthony B. Atkinson: a great professional portray and a personal perspective
> Joshua Ramey discusses his book “The Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency”( a podcast)
> A critique of #capitalism: From Karl Marx through neoliberalism to basic Income – by Martin Screeton

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A spectre is haunting Europe and the world — the spectre of Fascism (veiled as defensive democracy and common-sense patriotism) and authoritarian neoliberalism (disguised as social protectionism and perceived by laymen as decisive populism). The bothering question of our troubling present is not whether history repeats itself — it does; but at what stage are we now: tragedy or farce? and what does the future hold?
The following passage is composed from excerpts I selected from Karl Polanyi's magnum opus "The Great Transformation" and assembled them as a short article. I urge you to delve into this piece and to mull over the substance of fascist situations and moves, as well as their linkage to free market and economy of self-interest, which generate anti-individualistic and repressing endeavors directed to change not only the political sphere and societal fabrics, but human consciousness itself.

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BITS & BRIEFS: Historical perspectives on modern #finance // Social Insurance isn’t Socialism // Blocking Class Action lawsuits by Wall Street // Failure of equal employment laws in Japan

> Financiers of Victorian England would marvel at our nativity about markets and economics – by Prof. Andrew Odlyzk
> Conservative origins of Social Insurance, and why due to Hayek it became confused with Socialism – by Prof. Elizabeth Anderson
> Blocking of Class Action lawsuits was engineered by a Wall Street-led coalition of Credit Card companies and retailers
> Why the equal employment opportunity for women laws have failed in Japan — asks and answers Prof. Eunmi Mun
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