Monthly Archives: February 2012

‘Intellectual Property: A Socio-Economic Definition’ abstract

I’ve been studying intellectual property for almost nine years. For a sociology MA in 2003-2005 I researched intellectual property and reported on what it means for participatory forms of democracy. Today I study how intellectual properties get priced. The following … Continue reading

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I wonder…

I wonder if in this election year Obama gives Israel the go-ahead for some kind of attack on Iran. Setting aside whether such an attack is in US foreign policy interests, and also setting aside any moral concerns, the possibility … Continue reading

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Another NY Times article on Facebook, data, and privacy

The NY Times in recent weeks has printed a series of articles on Facebook and the company’s collection of users’ personal data. The most recent story is here. It is Facebook’s biggest conundrum. As the world’s largest social network, it faces … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Alexander: “Media ethnography”

One American sociologist who has influenced the way I think about data is Jeffrey Alexander. His last two books helped me know better how and why to collect social-psychology data. The books are ‘The Performance of Politics: Obama’s Victory and … Continue reading

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Tea-Party contradictions, Republican problems

Does a well-functioning capitalist economic system need good political governance? Yes. Does the United States currently have a political party skilled at managing its capitalist economic system? I’d argue, no. Of the two main parties, the GOP is clearly the … Continue reading

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More from “Where do prices come from?”

More from Jens Beckert, “Where do prices come from?” Socio-Economic Review, 2011, link “Understanding prices as the outcome of struggles between market actors taking place within market fields is the sociological vantage point from which to analyse price formation. Moreover, … Continue reading

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“Where do prices come from?”

Jens Beckert, “Where do prices come from?” Socio-Economic Review, 2011, link: In market economies, prices are the result of supply and demand. But are they really? In this article I challenge this basic premise of economic price theory and argue … Continue reading

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