SASE Salons are open live exclusively to paid members of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). To join, visit https://sase.org/join-sase/.
The webinar series presents cutting-edge research from leading thinkers in anticipation of the 2022 annual SASE conference at the University of Amsterdam, “Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control” – 9-11 July 2022.
Our aim is to spark debate, challenge assumptions, and become an essential resource for anyone interested in socio-economics and political economy.
Fragmented work boundaries and digital (dis)connections
Speaker: Tony Dundon [chair], Caroline Murphy, Michelle O’Sullivan, and Aida Ponce Del Castillo
28 April at 1pm UTC (find your timezone here)
The session will include a panel debate including academic researchers, policy and trade union experts around digital transformations of work. It will cover remote working challenges, policy and regulation debates around digitalization and artificial intelligence at work, rights to disconnect from technological surveillance and control.
Anarchism in the Business School
Speaker: Martin Parker
12 May at 1pm UTC (find your timezone here)
Business schools are institutions which act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. If we see universities as institutions with responsibilities to the societies they inhabit, then we must challenge the common notion that 'the market' should be the primary determinant of the education they provide. I want to make the case for a radical alternative, in the form of a 'School for Organising'. This institution would teach and research different forms of organising, instead of reproducing the dominant managerial model, helping us to discover alternative responses to the pressing issues of inequality and sustainability that we all face. One element of such a School will be anarchist ideas which have been, over the past two centuries, one of the most stimulating bodies of thought on the theory and practice of organization today. In this talk I will explain why anarchist experimentalism will be vital to help us shape our future, because anarchists have never been against organization.
Parker, Martin 2018 Shut Down the Business School. Pluto Books
Parker, Martin, Konstantin Stoborod and Thomas Swann (eds.) 2020 Anarchism, Organization and Management. Routledge
Parker, Martin 2021 "Against management: Auto-critique" in Organisation, 1–9
Parker, Martin 2020 "The Critical Business School and the University: A Case Study of Resistance and Co-optation" in Critical Sociology, 1–14
Fractious Feminisms and Feminist Solidarities – Women and Gender Forum event
Speakers: Elaine Coburn [chair], Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Jayati Ghosh, Martha Gimenez, Rauna Kuokkanen, Julie Nelson, and Busi Sibeko
17 May at 3pm UTC (find your timezone here)
Sponsored by the SASE Women and Gender (WAG) Forum, this panel brings together leading feminist scholars and researchers to share their insights into how feminisms, in their diversity, shed new light on economics and political economy. If malestream traditions dismiss feminists as fractious—as "making trouble and complaining"—this panel asserts the usefulness of feminisms for troubling problematic assumptions and critiquing absences within dominant traditions of economics and political economy. Indeed, given significant income and wealth inequities, global conflicts and climate change, feminisms and feminist solidarities are more necessary than ever before. This panel opens up critical conversations about reimagining economics and political economies in ways that foreground feminist responses to the major concerns of our times.
Society and Economy
Speakers: Mark Granovetter, Elaine Coburn, Michel Grossetti
24 May at 5pm UTC (find your timezone here)
Society and Economy: Framework and Principles—a work of exceptional ambition by the founder of modern economic sociology—is the first full account of Mark Granovetter’s ideas about the diverse ways in which society and economy are intertwined.
The economy is not a sphere separate from other human activities, Granovetter writes. It is deeply embedded in social relations and subject to the same emotions, ideas, and constraints as religion, science, politics, or law. While some actions can be understood in traditional economic terms as people working rationally toward well-defined ends, much human behavior is harder to fit into that simple framework. Actors sometimes follow social norms with a passionate faith in their appropriateness, and at other times they conform without conscious thought. They also trust others when there is no obvious reason to do so. The power individuals wield over one another can have a major impact on economic outcomes, even when that power arises from noneconomic sources.
Although people depend on social norms, culture, trust, and power to solve problems, the guidance these offer is often murky and complicated. Granovetter explores how problem solvers improvise to assemble pragmatic solutions from this multitude of principles. He draws throughout on arguments from psychology, social network studies, and long-term historical and political analysis and suggests ways to maneuver back and forth among these approaches. Underlying Granovetter’s arguments is an attempt to move beyond such simple dualisms as agency/structure to a more complex and subtle appreciation of the nuances and dynamics that drive social and economic life.
Coburn, Elaine, "Sociology versus economics: Economic life as social fact and social struggle" in International Sociology Reviews 2021, Vol. 36(5) 720–731
Goyal, Sanjeev, "Society and Economy: Frameworks and Principles: A Book Review" in Journal of Economic Literature 2019, Vol. 57(3), 678–689
Grossetti, Michel, "Mark Granovetter : de la sociologie économique aux sciences sociales de l’activité économique. À propos de l’ouvrage de Mark Granovetter, Society and Economy: Framework and Principles", working text, 2018.
The War in Ukraine
Speakers: Yuliya Bidenko, Alexander Rodnyansky, and Mariia Shuvelova
Moderator: Alya Guseva
2 June at 3pm UTC (find your timezone here)
The War in Ukraine Salon will feature a conversation about cultural, political and economic aspects of the ongoing war, including the warmongering of the war literature, the effects of the war on Ukraine’s civil society and the economic costs and consequences of the war, with three Ukrainian scholars: Mariia Shuvalova, literary critic and lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; Yulia Bidenko, Associate Professor of Political Science at Karazin Kharkiv National University; and Alexander Rodnyansky, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. Moderated by Alya Guseva, alumna of Karazin Kharkiv National University, Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and Chief Editor of Socio-Economic Review.
The Rise of the Right in the US
Speaker: Arlie Hochschild
Chair: Glenn Morgan
9 June at 5pm UTC (find your timezone here)
Since the 1970s in America, the combined effect of globalization and automation have created winners and losers. On the whole, the coastal urban middle class of all ethnicities have gained from new opportunities and new premiums on their cultural capital and so—have come to feel like winners and cultural insiders. On the other hand, white blue-collar workers in middle America—whose jobs have been off-shored or automated—have felt increasingly like losers and cultural outsiders. This globalization effect has helped push the American white blue collar to a cultural membership they feel on the political right.
Drawing on field work in the deep South (Strangers in Their Own Land) and on-going work in Appalachia, Hochschild describes a right-wing “deep story” that led to the rise of Donald Trump. Hochschild describes subsequent “chapters” of that story from a focus on “loss” to “victimhood of theft” (of an election, cultural centrality, affluence) to a focus on revenge and status-reversal: outsider as insider). She discusses the suppression of a social class narrative, its relation to the right wing narrative, and possible ways forward.
Hochschild, Arlie (2018) Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. The New Press.
Hochschild, Arlie (21 Jul. 2019) "Think Republicans are disconnected from reality? It's even worse among liberals" The Guardian
Hochschild, Arlie (15 Sept. 2020) "What's Wrong With the Meritocracy" The New York Times
Feldmann, Magnus & Glenn Morgan (2021) "Business elites and populism: understanding business responses" in New Political Economy.
Feldmann, Magnus & Glenn Morgan (2021) "Brexit and British Business Elites: Business Power and Noisy Politics" in Politics & Society
Morgan, Glenn & Christian Lyhne Ibsen (2021) "Quiet Politics and the Power of Business: New Perspectives in an Era of Noisy Politics" in Politics & Society
Thompson, Derek (29 Dec. 2020) "The Deep Story of Trumpism" The Atlantic
How Digital Media Facilitated and Curtailed the Pro-Democracy Movement in Hong Kong
Speakers: Joseph Chan and Francis Lee
14 June at 9am UTC (find your timezone here)
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Much has been written in the past two decades about how digital media could facilitate and empower social protests, whereas more and more scholars have also noted how digital media could undermine social protests either because of problematic online phenomena or because of the state's capability of appropriating the Internet for political control. This talk will review the experience of Hong Kong throughout the 2010s. We would first review our research on the Umbrella Movement, highlighting how digital media strengthened social mobilization, yet also introduced forces of decentralization into the movement, leading to a "tactical freeze" that hampered the movement in the end. We then review our research on Hong Kong people's collective remembering of the 1989 Tiananmen student movement in which digital media served not only as a channel for mobilization but also a memory archive. But at the same time, the state also perpetrated their narratives through online platforms. The result is the phenomenon of memory balkanization and polarization of attitudes toward the Tiananmen Incident. At the end, the talk will also briefly discuss the role of digital media in the 2019 Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement as well as the digital media scene after the establishment of National Security Law in 2020.
Joseph M. Chan and Francis L.F. Lee (2018) Media and Protest Logics in the Digital Era: The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. Oxford University Press.
Joseph M. Chan and Francis L.F. Lee (2021) Memories of Tiananmen: Politics and Processes of Collective Remembering in Hong Kong, 1989-2019. Amsterdam University Press.
Histories of Racial Capitalism
Speakers: Destin Jenkins and Justin Leroy
23 June at 5pm UTC (find your timezone here)
Please note that this event is open live to non-SASE members.
The relationship between race and capitalism is one of the most enduring and controversial historical debates. The concept of racial capitalism offers a way out of this impasse. Racial capitalism is not simply a permutation, phase, or stage in the larger history of capitalism since the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade and the colonization of the Americas, capitalism, in both material and ideological senses, has been racial, deriving social and economic value from racial classification and stratification. Although Cedric J. Robinson popularized the term, racial capitalism has remained undertheorized for nearly four decades.
The book Histories of Racial Capitalism (ed. Destin Jenkins and Justin Leroy), from which this event stems, brings together for the first time distinguished and rising scholars to consider the utility of the concept across historical settings. These scholars offer dynamic accounts of the relationship between social relations of exploitation and the racial terms through which they were organized, justified, and contested. Deploying an eclectic array of methods, their works range from indigenous mortgage foreclosures to the legacies of Atlantic-world maroons, from imperial expansion in the continental United States and beyond to the racial politics of municipal debt in the New South, from the ethical complexities of Latinx banking to the postcolonial dilemmas of extraction in the Caribbean. Throughout, the contributors consider and challenge how some claims about the history and nature of capitalism are universalized while others remain marginalized. By theorizing and testing the concept of racial capitalism in different historical circumstances, this book shows its analytical and political power for today s scholars and activists.
Jenkins, Destin and Justin Leroy (eds.) (2021) Histories of Racial Capitalism. Columbia University Press.