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Exchange issue 6 is out now. This is my last issue as editor, but it’s a good one! We feature Q&A with Paula England, highlight Mike Rafferty’s work on risk and financialisation, introduce post-graduate scholar Sharni Chan and courtesy of Cambridge University Press, we feature an excerpt of Ben Spies-Butcher, Joy Paton’s and Damien Calhill’s new book Market society: History, theory, practice.
It has been a while between issues, but we’re confident that this bumper issue has been worth the wait! Issue five of Exchangeillustrates the diversity of research that is being done within Australian economic sociology.
- In this issue we feature Q and A with Professor Lisa Adkins, Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, NSW. Lisa discusses her recent work on time and value.
- We are fortunate to feature three research snapshots. The first two are researchers from Macquarie University. Jocelyn Pixley discusses her work on the sociology of money and provides a wonderful overview of the development of economic sociology in Australia – before it was called that, and Norbert Ebert outlines the ‘precarious work societies’ research program at Macquarie. In a slightly different vein, Ian McDonald, Professor of economics at the University of Melbourne, writes about his work on behavioural economics and happiness.
- Our post-graduate profiles feature two researchers at opposite ends of their doctoral journeys. Paul Priday is commencing his doctoral studies and Anuja Cabraal has recently been awarded her doctorate. Paul’s research examines gender and business, with a focus on masculinity. Anuja’s research draws on the work of Amartya Sen to examine microfinance, capabilities, and social capital.
- And finally, courtesy of Scribe publications we feature an excerpt from Dan Gardner’s recent book Future Babble: Why expert predictions are wrong – and why we believe them anyway.
- Q & A with Australian economist, professor Andrew Leigh
- A research snapshot of Jo Barraket‘s work (Social Enterprise at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT),
- In a new section on teaching, Ben Spies-Butcher (lecturer Economy and Society at Macquarie University) writes about his experience of developing an ‘economy and society’ unit, and his approach to teaching subjects at Macquarie that draw on economic sociology.
- In everyday exchanges we feature two pieces: a paper by Grazyna Zajdow, which she presented at last year’s TASA conference, which traces some of the historical, cultural and economic changes in developing a market for alcohol in Victoria. We also feature Dr Zuleika Arashiro (Research and Policy manager, Financial Inclusion at the Brotherhood of St Laurence), who builds on Supriya Singh’s contribution in issue 3 of exchange, to examine the effect of economic fluctuations on the lives of immigrants.
- Finally, in our books section, courtesy of Scribe publishing, we feature an extract from, ‘The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street’ byJohn R. Talbott, former Goldman Sachs investment banker and UCLA business management scholar. Talbott compellingly unmasks how the Wall Street economy works, by offering what he sees as 86 fallacies that have traditionally guided the dominant market logic of Wall Street actors.
In our third issue we continue to feature research that examines the connections between economic and social relations. Features include:
- Q & A with Rafael Marques
- a research snapshot of Supriya Singh‘s work
- a feature on social traders – Mark Daniels
- post-grad profiles Bagus Aryo and Eve Bodsworth
- an extract from Filthy Lucre, a new book by Joseph Heath
In our second issue we focus on the global financial crisis and its effects. Features include:
- Q & A with Steve Keen,
- a research snapshot of Barbara Pocock‘s work
- post-grad profiles Maarten Rothengatter and Ben Manning and
- an extract from Bad Money, a new book by economic commentator and former White House strategist, Kevin Phillips.
In our first issue we have a Q&A with economics editor for The Sydney Morning Herald Ross Gittins. We talk to Ross about some of the shortcomings of mainstream economics, how he came to question a number of key economic tenets, and how he understands economic sociology as making a useful contribution in the future.
Professor Michael Gilding looks at the rational actor model by exploring the way social relationships, enmeshed within his own shopping habits, affect his decision-making in ways that neoclassical economics would have difficulty understanding.
In our research snapshot, Dr Richard Woolley discusses his work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Industry and Innovation Studies (CinIS) at the University of Western Sydney.
We also feature profiles of two postgraduate researchers, Christopher Baker and Margery Mayall, who are exploring economic issues in fresh and interesting ways.
To finish, we feature an opinion piece from David Love, founder of Syntec (now Access Economics). David’s piece raises the key argument from his book Unfinished Business: Paul Keating’s interrupted revolution.
We hope you enjoy this first issue of Exchange.