5th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop

Mañana comienza el “5th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop” en Copenhagen Además de otr@s ilustres participantes, el evento contará con algunos de los contribudores de este blog. El link va al programa con las actividades y paneles (5th IMSW Full Programme_Final2 (pdf).

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Cfp_Número especial “Paradojas del Capitalismo: desafíos para los Estudios Sociales de la Economía”.

[Felipe Mallea avisa del siguiente llamado a contribuciones al número 9 de la Revista Contenido]

Llamado a contribuciones Revista Contenido, número especial “Paradojas del Capitalismo: desafíos para los Estudios Sociales de la Economía”.

Los Estudios Sociales de la Economía han contribuido desde sus orígenes a develar las relaciones establecidas entre las actividades económicas y aquellas reservadas para el resto de la sociedad. Max Weber (1922) definió esta relación conforme a criterios claramente diferenciados, pero al mismo tiempo interdependientes, que garantizaron la especialización de la sociología en cuanto disciplina científica (Parsons & Smelser, 1956). Hacia mediados de los años ochenta, una serie de investigaciones desafiaron tal definición para estudiar en cambio las estructuras sociales donde se ‘incrustan’ los agentes económicos (Granovetter, 1985). Por otra parte, los desarrollos posteriores han demostrado la importancia de los dispositivos de cálculo que dan formato a las transacciones comerciales (Callon, 1998), así como también el rol de los economistas en la constitución de las condiciones de intercambio que describen sus modelos (Mackenzie, Muniesa & Sui, 2007).

Si bien aquellas contribuciones revelaron operaciones concretas del mundo económico con una enorme precisión empírica, no obstante, las ciencias sociales han tenido dificultades al momento de instalar un debate igualmente satisfactorio con respecto a las consecuencias paradójicas del desarrollo económico (véase Hartmann & Honneth, 2009). En efecto, la incidencia de modelos predictivos en los comportamientos que motivaron la crisis del sector financiero (Haldane, 2013), así como el uso especulativo del dinero digital constituyen claros ejemplos de cómo estos nuevos agentes económicos desafían los modelos de coordinación centralizada (Scott, 2016). De manera incluso más contradictoria, el discurso crítico ha experimentado las consecuencias de su propia circulación entre los repertorios de la clase empresarial (Boltanski & Chiapello, 2002), haciendo de las expectativas de auto-realización individual una exigencia normativa en su versión adoptada por la cultura económica.

¿Cómo integrar entonces los distintos niveles de análisis? ¿Cuáles son estas nuevas modalidades bajo las cuales se manifiestan las relaciones entre economía y sociedad? ¿Es posible conservar el estudio empírico del mundo económico sin renunciar al momento teórico que caracteriza a los diagnósticos de la economía-política? En definitiva, ¿cómo dar sentido a las distintas expresiones de la evolución paradójica del capitalismo desde los Estudios Sociales de la Economía? Continue reading

Walmart in the Global South

Cover of Walmart in the Global South

[Antonio Stecher avisa de este nuevo libro]

Walmart in the Global South. Workplace Culture, Labor Politics, and Supply Chains. Edited by Carolina Bank Muñoz, Bridget Kenny,and Antonio Stecher. University of Texas Press.

“As the largest private employer in the world, Walmart dominates media and academic debate about the global expansion of transnational retail corporations and the working conditions in retail operations and across the supply chain. Yet far from being a monolithic force conquering the world, Walmart must confront and adapt to diverse policies and practices pertaining to regulation, economy, history, union organization, preexisting labor cultures, and civil society in every country into which it enters. This transnational aspect of the Walmart story, including the diversity and flexibility of its strategies and practices outside the United States, is mostly unreported.

Walmart in the Global South presents empirical case studies of Walmart’s labor practices and supply chain operations in a number of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand. It assesses the similarities and differences in Walmart’s acceptance into varying national contexts, which reveals when and how state regulation and politics have served to redirect company practice and to what effect. Regulatory context, state politics, trade unions, local cultures, and global labor solidarity emerge as vectors with very different force around the world. The volume’s contributors show how and why foreign workers have successfully, though not uniformly, driven changes in Walmart’s corporate culture. This makes Walmart in the Global South a practical guide for organizations that promote social justice and engage in worker struggles, including unions, worker centers, and other nonprofit entities.” Continue reading

Breve reseña de Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina” Fridman, (Stanford University Press, 2017)

Billedresultat[La categoría “debate” es una sección dedicada a discutir a partir de libros publicados por los contribuidores de Estudios de la Economía. En este post Tomás Ariztía comenta el libro Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina(Stanford University Press 2017) de Daniel Fridman

Hace algunos meses José Ossandón nos invitó junto con Tomas Undurraga a leer y reseñar el reciente libro de Daniel Fridman. Como un resultado inesperado de esta invitacion terminamos preparando un breve “Book Symposioum” el cual sera prontamente publicado en el Journal of Cultural Sociology . Copio acá abajo mi breve aporte a esa discusion en donde comento algunos aspectos de un libro que realmente disfruté.

Neoliberal Subjects in the making

Friedman’s book presents a compelling and original version of how neoliberalism is enacted in social life. Unlike many books on this topic that have often focused on exploring either the unfold of neoliberal policies or the link between neoliberal ideology and expert knowledge, Freedom from Work presents an empirical sociology of neoliberal subjects “in the making”. The book can be situated therefore along other similar works that, inspired by Foucault, have explored how the neoliberal self is enacted (such as the entrepreneurial self or the business self). This is done by presenting a detailed ethnography of the financial self-help world, particularly about how ordinary people embrace the rules, worldview and calculative tools of financial self-help to transform themselves and to achieve financial freedom.

I found the book very compelling for several reasons. Continue reading

Performances of Value

[Ana Gross avisa del siguiente evento]

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to attend a public event David Stark is organising to mark the end of his Performances of Value project on the 4th May in London. This was a project hosted at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at Warwick University and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. It was aimed at developing an international network of scholars working in the field of valuation studies, with a strong focus placed on discussing the effects that rankings and ratings have in social life.

Please join us in what will be a very lively and interesting evening with interventions from Will Davies (Goldsmiths); Wendy Espeland (Northwestern); Kristian Kreiner (CBS); and Christine Musselin (Sciences-Po) followed by a drink reception.

For more details and to register please follow this linkContinue reading

González reseña Freedom from Work

Para los que no lo hayan visto aun, el último número de la European Economic Sociology Newsletter incluye una reseña del libro de D. Fridman Freedom from Work por Felipe González.  El link es: http://econsoc.mpifg.de/archive/Newsletter_19.2_gesamt_Endfassung.pdf 

Risks, Returns, and Relational Lending

[Laura Doering, de University of Toronto, avisa de este nuevo artículo de posible interés]

“Risks, Returns, and Relational Lending: Personal Ties in Microfinance

American Journal of Sociology, Volume 123, Number 5

Laura Doering

University of Toronto

Abstract

Personal relationships often facilitate credit transactions. However, existing research provides different expectations about whether personal ties prove detrimental or beneficial for lenders. Economic sociology highlights the advantages lenders accrue when they have personal ties with borrowers. Yet research from social psychology suggests that personal ties can be costly because lenders may “escalate commitment” to poor performers. This study uses data from a microfinance bank to ask, When are personal relationships detrimental or beneficial for lenders? It shows that lenders with personal ties to borrowers are less likely to cut those ties and their borrowers miss fewer payments. However, these trends vary with frequency of contract. When lenders and borrowers interact infrequently, lenders continue to show strong commitment, but borrowers become less compliant, creating potential problems for lenders. This study integrates theories from economic sociology and social psychology to offer a more nuanced, temporally informed understanding of personal ties in finance. Continue reading

Pilar Opazo conversa con Fridman

[En el segundo episodio del podcast que conduce Dani Fridman “Sociología con Acento”, Pilar Opazo reflexiona sobre su trayectoria, etnografía y sociología de la organizaciones a partir de su investigación sobre innovación en “ElBulli”]

http://sociocast.org/podcast/pilar-opazo/

Pardo-Guerra en el diván de Fridman

[El nuevo podcast “Sociología con Acento” de sociocast se inaugura con una conversación donde Juan Pablo Pardo Guerra le cuenta sobre su trayectoria de la física a la sociología de las finanzas a Daniel Fridman]

“En el primer episodio de Sociología con Acento conversamos con Juan Pablo Pardo Guerra sobre su transición de la física a la sociología y sobre su investigación en sociología de las finanzas. Juan Pablo estudió en México y Escocia, y trabaja hoy en la Universidad de California San Diego, Estados Unidos”

http://sociocast.org/podcast/juan-pablo-pardo-guerra/

Cosmopolitical encounters: Prototyping at the National Zoo in Santiago

[Nuevo artículo de Martín Tironi y Pablo Hermansen en Journal of Cultural Economy, ‘Cosmopolitical encounters: Prototyping at the National Zoo in Santiago, Chile’]

Cosmopolitical encounters: Prototyping at the National Zoo in Santiago, Chile

Martín Tironi & Pablo Hermansen

Abstract

This article presents an empirical reflection on how the prototyping of an environmental enrichment device for chimpanzees at the National Zoo of Chile precipitates a cosmopolitical encounter. Using material produced by design students, zookeepers and the chimps Judy and Gombe, we describe how prototyping iterations establish open processes of dialogue and encounters among humans and nonhumans. The case will demonstrate how prototyping can go further than the generation of models of an original. On the contrary, the cosmopolitical encounter emerging from the prototyping process makes evident a truly ontological vocation, acknowledging humans and other-than-human beings as singular entities. Its provisional and malleable nature turns this device into a privileged locus for the exploration of interspecies entanglement. Although zoos are scientifically organized institutions, in this case we observe how its anthropocentric hierarchy was performatively reshuffled at certain moments of the prototyping process. The cosmopolitical qualities of the prototyping process analyzed derive from its capacity to deploy an ethics of attention and care between the agencies at play, that is, for unfold gestures of mutual vulnerability. Finally, we propose prototyping as a device for moving from cosmopolitics as a way of understanding the world to cosmopolitics as a matter of design. Continue reading