Author Archives: joseossandon

Matías Dewey en CIPER

Ciper publicó hace poco una entrevista con Matías Dewey acerca de su trabajo sobre mercados ilegales. La nota está disponible en


Gift-Giving, Disreputable Exchange, and the Management of Donations in a Police Department

[Nuevo artículo de Daniel Fridman y Alex Luscombe en Social Forces sobre dones y ‘disreputable exchange’]

‘Gift-Giving, Disreputable Exchange, and the Management of Donations in a Police Department’

Daniel Fridman, Alex Luscombe

Social Forces, Volume 96, Issue 2, 1 December 2017, Pages 507–528,


To supplement funding and strengthen relationships with the community, police departments often accept donations from individuals and businesses. These donations are a form of disreputable exchange: they are permitted but laden with the potential for controversy. Gift-giving is generally forbidden in public agencies because it conflicts with bureaucratic organizational principles of impersonality and fairness and equality before the law. Accepting donations, therefore, requires mechanisms to purify them, ensuring that there is no reciprocity, while at the same time motivating and acknowledging the bond with donors. In this paper, we analyze the management strategies established by a police department in Canada to maintain and encourage donations while preventing reciprocity and minimizing the possibility that gifts are interpreted as bribes. We identify four management strategies: institutional separation via recognized charity organizations; denial of reciprocity; limits on donation use; and screening the giver. Continue reading

Financiarisation et classes sociales

[Socioeco.hypotheses avisa de un nuevo número especial en Revue de la régulation que podrá ser de interés. Es un número sobre financialización y clases sociales, editado por Benjamin Lemoine y Quentin Ravelli. Entre otros trabajos, el número incluye el artículo de Alejandro Marambio ‘Narratives of Social Mobility in the Post-Industrial Working Class and the Use of Credit in Chilean Households’ y ‘L’exploitation financière des secteurs populaires argentins’ de Pablo Ignacio Chena & Alexandre Roig]

Revue de la régulation. Capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs. Numéro 22 ‘Financiarisation et classes sociales’

Ce numéro est consultable librement à l’adresse suivante :

La présente livraison de la Revue de la Régulation propose un panorama de réflexions ancrées dans les transformations actuelles de nos sociétés. Son dossier thématique est intitulé « Financiarisation et classes sociales ». Coordonné par Benjamin Lemoine et Quentin Ravelli, il rassemble une série de contributions qui associent des approches sociologiques, économiques, historiques et empruntent aussi certaines analyses aux sciences politiques. Ces contributions s’intéressent aux effets du phénomène structurant qu’est la financiarisation sur la stratification socio-économique des populations.

Benjamin Lemoine et Quentin Ravelli. Financiarisation et classes sociales : introduction au dossier / Financialization and Social Class: an Introduction to this Issue. Continue reading

Economic Sociology in Argentina

[Ariel Wilkis y Daniel Fridman avisan del texto que publicaron recientemente en la Newsletter de  la sección de sociología económica de la American Sociological Association. El post es una breve introducción de la sociología económica en Argentina. La nota comienza así:]

Economic Sociology in Argentina

by Ariel Wilkis & Daniel Fridman

In Argentina, economic sociology became a recognized sub-discipline in the 1990s. While the economy has always been important in local sociology, earlier generations of sociologists largely subordinated their analyses of economic objects to broader topics like development, poverty, political participation, or democracy. Many of them worked within the strong Latin American Marxist tradition or were close to dependency theory –one of the original theoretical innovations produced in Latin America to understand the relationship between economic, social, and political systems.

The intellectual development of Argentine sociology in general was marked by the repression and consequent dispersion of intellectuals during the 1976 dictatorship, which led to a decimated generation of social scientists. Only since 1983 Argentine sociology was rebuilt by scholars who had remained in exile, underground, or under unfavorable conditions for intellectual production (Benzecry and Heredia 2017). After the return of democracy in 1983 and throughout the 1990s, most sociological research on economic issues focused on understanding the transformations of business elites and social structures as a consequence of the military dictatorship. These researchers were influenced by political economists at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) as well as by sociologists concerned with the links between business and the state, particularly during the consolidation of democracy and the pro-market reforms of the 1990s. Continue reading

Extended deadline for abstracts 5th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop. February 9th, 2018.

Market Situations – Situated Markets: 5th Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop. Copenhagen Business School, June 6 – 8, 2018. Keynote speakers: Jens Beckert and Eve Chiapello. Extended Deadline for Abstracts: February 9th, 2018.  

We invite contributors to submit an extended abstract of 2-3 pages (incl. references) to Proposals should indicate topic, theoretical positioning, methodology and outline findings, if appropriate. Inquiries about the workshop can be made to the workshop organisers. We will notify contributors about acceptance in early March. As in previous years, in order to facilitate discussion at the sessions, we will make papers available beforehand. Full papers should therefore be emailed by Monday May 7th, at the very latest. Information about the workshop, local arrangements, affordable local hotel accommodation, the final programme, etc. will be uploaded on the conference webpage:

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Call for abstracts_ Rescued by Finance? Empirical analyses and critical perspectives on the interaction between financialization and wellbeing/welfare

[Joselle Dagnes envía el siguiente llamado:]

Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali Quarterly Journal for Studies and Research on Welfare. Call for abstracts_ Rescued by Finance? Empirical analyses and critical perspectives on the interaction between financialization and wellbeing/welfare. Special Issue n. 2/2018. Guest Editors Davide Caselli e Joselle Dagnes. Deadline: 15.02.2018

We invite proposals for contributions focused on the relationship between social policies and the processes of financialization.

In the context of the international economic crisis and Austerity policies, financial players and methods are indeed gaining increasing relevance in ordinary people’s daily life as well as in Welfare policy. Furthermore, this process shows a strong variegation in the different national and local welfare systems and in the different policy sectors, requiring accurate and groundbreaking analyses. More specifically, the literature highlights two dynamics:

  • The financialization of well-being: the increasing resort by individuals and families to non-public forms of insurance involving finance in order to guarantee their present or future living conditions – e.g. supplementary pension, health insurance policies, debt to cope with healthcare and care services costs. Other cases involve education, e.g. student loans, and housing, e.g. mortgages and residential leasing schemes;
  • The financialization of welfare: the increasing involvement of financial actors in planning and financing social policy interventions. With different intensity and development, these trends are observed in the areas of pensions (e.g. pension funds, financial advances for pensions); real estate (e.g. real estate funds for social housing); community services (e.g. philanthropic grants, social impact investing, social impact bonds).

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Llamado a concurso para ayudantes de investigación “Gobierno y autogobierno en la producción de nuevos traders”

[Ximena Zabala envía el siguiente llamado]

FONDECYT N° 11171075 titulado Gobierno y autogobierno en la producción de nuevos traders. Una investigación sobre los procesos de incorporación al trabajo en el sector financiero bajo la dirección de Ximena Zabala busca dos ayudantes de investigación.

El objetivo general de este proyecto es explorar los modos de gobierno y autogobierno que performan la subjetividad de los traders durante el proceso de incorporación al trabajo en bancos. Este estudio pretende reconstruir el ensamblaje relacional de elementos materiales, técnicos, discursivos y humanos que permiten agenciar nuevos traders. Para ello, utilizará como marco analítico preferente los estudios sociales de la ciencia y la tecnología y los aportes de los estudios de gubernamentalidad.

En concreto, se espera que los ayudantes colaboren con el trabajo de campo mediante (1) trabajo en archivo, (2) la realización de entrevistas en profundidad (3) observación participante de corte etnográfico  y (4) Análisis de datos. La participación en el proyecto está pensada como un trabajo de media jornada y tendrá una duración en principio de seis meses, partiendo lo antes posible. Continue reading

Coloquio “El abordaje de objetos económicos desde las CCSS” 

INVITACIÓN. Ciclo de Coloquios en Métodos e Investigación Social, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Diego Portales.

Los invitamos a una nueva instancia del coloquio sobre la construcción y estudio de objetos de investigación desde las CCSS. En esta ocasión el coloquio se centrara en reflexionar “El abordaje de objetos económicos desde las CCSS”.


  • Dr. Tomás Undurraga, Universidad Alberto Hurtado: “Esfera Pública Económica: abordando un objeto lateral difuso”. 
  • Dr. José Ossandón, Copenhagen Business School: “El concepto de Mercado”.

La actividad se realizará el miércoles 10 de enero a las 13:00 horas, en la sala de reuniones de la Casona de Postgrados UDP, ubicada en Ejército 260, Santiago. Confirmar asistencia aquí.

Seminario: “Appetite for innovation”

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Betting on other people’s lives

Esta semana apareció en Public Books un excelente ensayo-reseña en que Daniel Fridman discute tres libros recientes de estudios sociales de las finanzas, con un especial énfasis en como las finanzas recientes cuestionan las formas tradicionales de representación sociológica. El link al artículo es: disponible en: