Book Review: Workers Go Shopping in Argentina

Based on novel historiographical research, Natalia Milanesio’s book: Workers Go Shopping in Argentina: The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture (Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 2013) illuminates the transformative experience of mass consumption during the Perón years in Argentina. Although unionisation, minimum wage requirements and work regulations increased the purchasing power of the working classes during the 1950s, Milanesio argues that advertisers, the press and state officials also helped turn workers into consumers by imagining and debating their integration into market society in certain ways. According to Milanesio’s finegrained account, mass-market participation during this period altered both private and public life, challenging gender relations within households as well as class distinctions in the public sphere. But Milanesio’s capacious argument goes further. She sees the rise of popular consumer culture as nothing less than cause and consequence of the structural transformations of mid-twentieth century Argentina. Working-class consumers became modernising agents of social change, helping to shape a new commercial ethos, transform social relations and collective identities, as well as redefining the role of the state as a mediator between business and clients.

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Pañuelos que son más que dinero

[Ariel Wilkis y Mariana Luzzi entran al debate sobre el anuncio del gobierno argentino de representar a las Madres y Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo en nuevos billetes de 100 pesos. La nota, publicada en la revista de cultura del diario Clarin, comienza así:]

“La historia del dinero es un capítulo de la historia política, y como tal no se narra de manera simple, estereotipada y menos aún como una repetición. Sin embargo, a menudo este es el registro que prevalece; una narrativa unilateral que considera al dinero como pura negatividad, sin ninguna productividad teórica ni social. Esta visión nos deja sin herramientas para comprender la política y la historia del dinero. Queda en la denuncia moral: el dinero está cargado de sospechas; se le atribuyen muchos de los males de la sociedad. Pero si el dinero sospechoso es útil para la denuncia moral, es estéril para la comprensión.” [Nota completa en: Continue reading

On the french sociology of credit

[En Francia se ha desarrollado una de las más interesantes y ricas sociologías del crédito y la deuda en los últimos años. Sin embargo, ya sea por la barrera lingüística o porque las publicaciones académicas de ese país no son de fácil acceso en el resto del mundo, esta muy fructífera empresa colectiva no ha tenido el impacto internacional que se merece. Con el fin de cambiar esta situación, dos de las más activas investigadoras en esta área, Laure Lacan y Jeanne Lazarus, han escrito el artículo ‘A Relationship and a Practice: On the French Sociology of Credit’ que resume y organiza esta literatura]

Laure Lacan and Jeanne Lazarus. A Relationship and a Practice: On the French Sociology of Credit. MaxPo Discussion Paper 15/1. Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. February 2015

This paper aims to describe the social studies of credit developed in France over the past dozen years. We argue that this French sociology of credit, mostly centered on France, can be useful for researchers analyzing other countries, with other institutional particularities, because it proposes a specific method and a specific way to raise questions: credit is mostly understood as a result of social interactions embedded in organizational and legal structures. French researchers also deeply analyze the consequences of the organization of the credit market for inequalities, social stratification, and people’s life experiences. Continue reading

Llamado a concurso tesista de magister del Núcleo Milenio de Investigación sobre Energía y Sociedad (NUMIES). Tema Mercados.

El Núcleo Milenio de Investigación sobre Energía y Sociedad (NUMIES) cuyos investigadores principales son Sebastián Ureta (Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Tomás Ariztía (Universidad Diego Portales) y Manuel Tironi (Universidad Católica de Chile) busca a un estudiante de algún programa de magister en ciencias sociales para realizar su tesis en el marco del núcleo. El objetivo de NUMIES es consolidar una agenda de investigación e intervención sobre las dimensiones sociales y culturales de la producción, distribución y consumo de energía en Chile. En particular se propone identificar y analizar a través de estudios concretos los distintos aspectos sociales y culturales que afectan y definen la producción, distribución y consumo de energía en Chile, poniéndolos en interrelación constante con aspectos de índole técnica y económica. En particular el trabajo del/la tesista deberá enfocarse en alguna temática relacionada con el estudio social de los mercados de energía en Chile usando como marco analítico los desarrollos recientes en la sociología económica y de los mercados y los estudios sociales de ciencia y tecnología. El plazo para postular vence el 30 de abril de 2015. Documento completo:  Continue reading

Marchés contestés. Quand le marché rencontre la morale

marchés contestés[De socioeco.hypotheses un nuevo libro que podrá ser de interés para los lectores de este blog]

Marchés contestés. Quand le marché rencontre la morale. Ouvrage sous la direction de Philippe Steiner et Marie Trespeuch. Presses Universitaires du Mirail, janvier 2015

Auteurs :

Philippe Steiner et Marie Trespeuch (Dir.) ; Sébastien Roux, Sandrine Barrey, Caroline Frau, Henri Bergeron, Étienne Nouguez, Mathieu Trachman, Pauline Barraud de Lagerie, Emmanuel Kessous, Pascale Trompette.

Présentation :

La mise en marché de produits moralement sensibles, comme ceux touchant à l’intimité des personnes, à leur intégrité, à la santé ou au maintien de l’ordre public, est l’objet de cette réflexion collective qui met en regard neuf cas de « marchés contestés ». Certains de ces marchés contestés sont effectifs, comme dans le cas du tabac, de la pornographie, des jeux d’argent ou des défunts. Certains sont potentiels dans le sens où les poissons génétiquement modifiés, les données personnelles ou le cannabis sont à la recherche des moyens de rendre acceptables les transactions marchandes. D’autres, enfin, sont bannis car la marchandisation des enfants adoptés ou des organes humains reste moralement inacceptable. La tension entre les principes marchands et moraux au cœur des marchés contestés est dans chaque contribution éclairée par l’identification des formes de la contestation morale et des dispositifs juridiques, fiscaux, sanitaires, éthiques, rendant possible ou au contraire irréalisable l’édification d’un marché. La prise en compte de « populations fragiles », qu’il s’agit de protéger du marché, mais aussi de protéger par le marché, émerge dans tous les chapitres comme un élément explicatif essentiel des avancées et des reculs des marchés contestés. Continue reading

Se busca ayudante de investigación

[Sebastián Guzmán, de la UNAB en Santiago, envía el siguiente aviso]

Estoy buscando un ayudante de investigación para un proyecto Fondecyt sobre el movimiento estudiantil. Idealmente, un/a estudiante de postgrado con formación en sociología o disciplinas afines y experiencia en metodología cualitativa. El trabajo es por dos años, por 6 horas semanales, con flexibilidad de realizar más horas durante el primer semestre de 2015. Consiste en realizar algunas observaciones de campo, entrevistas, y análisis de datos. Existe la posibilidad de colaborar en publicaciones ISI en inglés y en español. Se recibirán CVs hasta el 12 de Abril (sebastian.guzman.r@unab.cl).

Call for outlines: Weber/ Simmel antagonisms. Staged dialogues

[Javier Hernández avisa de este evento que se ve muy bien].

Weber/ Simmel antagonisms. Staged dialogues. University of Edinburgh,10/11 December 2015. A conference organized by the Max Weber Group of the British Sociological Association & Sociology Edinburgh.

Call for outlines

Much has been said about the strong oppositions between Simmel and Weber as founding fathers of sociology – as well as about their shared concerns. Capitalism and culture, ‘worlds’ and their tensions, rationalization and objectivation, the city, music, the methodology of the social sciences and ideal types, equally exercised their thought and yielded very different creatures. But rather than merely intellectual or methodological quarrels, the antagonisms between Simmel and Weber engaged their whole way of being and acting in the world – the constantly renewed aspiration yet impossibility of reconciliation with oneself and the world, for Simmel; agonic tension, struggle with oneself and the world, for Weber. This is perhaps the reason why Weber/Simmel antagonisms have had continuity in social theory and shaped some of its major currents of thought. More importantly perhaps they spur us to be and act in the world in very different ways: hence this conference, which does not only explore these differences, but stages them. The format of the conference is inspired after the staging of the Tarde/Durkheim debate by Latour/Karsenti, but rather than recreating a real debate with prominent actors, we invite outlines for short ‘imagined dialogues’ between Weber and Simmel on topics which were addressed by both. The topics chosen should not be of merely scholarly interest but rather capture problematics mattering today. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Research Positions COES

The Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES – FONDAP) invites applications for postdoctoral research positions. COES will develop collaborative research on issues related to social conflict and cohesion (convivencia) in Chile through a multidisciplinary team from the social sciences and humanities. COES will centre its academic and outreach activities on the analysis of the multiple manifestations of social conflict in Chile, its causes as well as historical and cultural context. Our main objective is to contribute to the improvement of social cohesion, not only by generating cutting edge research, but also by informing public policy and social dialogue in Chile through our outreach activities and specific proposals for public action. Applications are open until April 20, 2015. Please send a motivational letter, curriculum vitae, summary of Ph.D. research, brief research proposal (no more than two pages) and two letters of support to comcoes@gmail.com and icaceresd@fen.uchile.cl. Interviews with the selection committee could also be by telephone or through video conference. Info here:  Continue reading

Book Launch: how it became easier to borrow than to save

[From Charisma-Network] Book launch, Joe Deville’s ‘Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect’ and Liz McFall’s ‘Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending’, discussion & drinks reception. 6.00 – 8.15pm, Wednesday 29th April 2015. St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ (near Old Street / Barbican). Continue reading

Cfp_7th Critical Finance Studies Conference

[From http://www.charisma-network.net/finance/7th-critical-finance-studies-conferenceThe seventh Critical Finance Studies conference will be held at the Copenhagen Business School from August 19–21, 2015. We are already now happy to announce that Prof. Dr. phil. Joseph Vogl, Humboldt-Univarsitat zu Berlin, has joined the conference as one of the keynote speakers. This year we are again looking for contributions to our ongoing collaborative research project that seeks to engage finance in critically creative ways. Please submit an abstract (no more than 500 words) to Tobias Brask (tb.mpp@cbs.dk ) before May 1, 2015.

Although critical attention is regularly devoted to finance, it generally takes the form of a call for transparency, or the systemic repair and restructuring of a paradigm in need of a shift. Continue reading

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