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  • Economic Sociology: State of Play and Fault Lines for Future Research

    Posted on August 12, 2015

    Economic Sociology Forum – Thursday 23rd July, University of Sydney

    Anoushka Benbow-Buitenhuis, RMIT University

    Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, mainstream neoclassical economics as the dominating discourse has been challenged across the social and economic sciences. Influential works by economists Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz have enjoyed commercial success and helped to legitimize discussion about economic inequality and the negative effects of marketization on society. The Sociology of Economic Life Thematic Group held this forum to examine the current state of economic sociology in Australia and to highlight these new opportunities. The forum featured five eminent scholars: Emerita Professor Raewyn Connell, Professor Gabrielle Meagher, Dr Ben Spies-Butcher, Professor Jocelyn Pixley and Professor Michael Gilding. Alongside these distinguished speakers, we also had 51 in attendance – in this audience, a mixture of postgraduate researchers, Early Career Researchers and interested people outside the academy.

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  • ‘Gramsci’s “Integral State”: Securing Neoliberalism in Australia’

    Posted on June 16, 2015

    Elizabeth Humphrys

    Some paths to an event seem particularly labyrinthine, which only adds to the joy once a project reaches an unexpected destination.

    When Adam David Morton arrived to take up his Professorship at Sydney in 2014, it coincided with a merging and re-foundation of a number of local Capital reading groups. A group of students were about to embark on reading Peter Thomas’s prize-winning book The Gramscian Moment, and so this initiative was brought under the auspices of the Department of Political Economy and expanded to become the Past & Present Reading Group. The group has been tackling classic and contemporary heterodox books over the last 18 months, most recently Samuel Knafo’s The Making of Modern FinanceRead more…

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  • So what is the Sociology of Economic Life thematic group?

    Posted on May 25, 2015

    TASA’s Sociology of Economic Life thematic group has a new digital home! This year we decided to incorporate our standalone thematic group website in to the revamped TASA site, to better integrate the group and its activities in to the association. So, welcome! We hope you have time to look around the resources we have collected here and find them useful. We greatly appreciate the skilled assistance of Sally Daly in facilitating this transition for us.

    The Sociology of Economic Life thematic group was established in 2005, and aims to facilitate and support research and collaboration in the field of economic sociology. The group’s past conveners have been Michael Gilding (founding convener), Malcolm Alexander (founding convener), Dina Bowman, Peta Freestone, Lee Glezos and Ben Spies-Butcher – economic sociologists working both in the academy and the wider community.  The current conveners are Elizabeth Humphrys (Sydney) and Tom Barnes (ACU). Read more…

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  • Raewyn Connell Anti-Inaugural – The Knowledge Industry and Counter-Power

    Posted on May 20, 2015

    On 5 September 2014 Raewyn Connell gave her official Last Lecture, or anti-inaugural, in the Great Hall at the University of Sydney.  The event, titled “The Knowledge Industry and Counter-Power: Subversive Futures for Intellectual Workers”, was jointly run by the Faculty of Education & Social Work and Sydney Ideas. It was attended by about 450 people.

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  • Anti-Inaugural Lecture with Raewyn Connell

    Posted on May 20, 2015

    Raewyn - game changer

    All are welcome to attend a public lecture and conference on the occasion of the retirement of University of Sydney Chair, Professor Raewyn Connell. Read more…

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  • Ben Spies-Butcher on the 2014 Federal Budget

    Posted on May 20, 2015

    JOE HOCKEY BUDGET UPDATE

    Economic sociology member Ben-Spies-Butcher was one of a number of academics and researchers to provide comment on the The Conversation last night regarding the budget. The other contributions are available here. Read more…

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