Find below descriptions of the section's program for the 2015 meeting in Chicago.
1. Political Economy, Rebooted (Invited)
Organizer: Marion Fourcade, University of California-Berkeley
Session Description: This panel features work by scholars who are using new approaches in economic sociology (and social theorizing more broadly) to revisit foundational questions in classical political economy, including the meaning of market freedom, the mutual constitution of state and market, and the relationship between legitimate and illegitimate forms of value extraction. This panel invites scholars to consider core concepts of political economy such as profit and value as moral categories, to inquire into how “economic” objects are marked as such, and to take seriously the materiality of social processes.
2. Economies of Difference (Invited)
Organizer: Sarah Quinn, University of Washington
Session Description: This panel features work that considers how markets deal with differences of various sorts – from conventional markers of social position such as race, gender, and sexuality to differences grounded in behavioral attributes (e.g., a credit score) rather than fixed social identities. The panel seeks a closer integration between economic sociology and theories of gender, sexuality, and race, as well as theoretical explorations of the (possible) dissolution of the subject.
3. The Economic Sociology of Development (Open)
Organizer: Andrew Schrank, Brown University
Session Description: This panel invites papers that consider how the core theoretical concerns of economic sociology might illuminate our understanding of development and developing societies. The panel also solicits papers that move in the opposite direction by exploring how theories and concepts drawn from the sociology of development could extend the range of economic sociology.
4. Economic Inequality (Open)
Organizer: Leslie McCall, Northwestern University
Session Description: While economic inequality is an issue of growing concern to the discipline of sociology broadly, economic sociology has not been as engaged in this area as might be expected given its core themes and conceptual tools. This panel invites papers that explore the contributions of economic sociology to broader disciplinary conversations about economic inequality.
5. Social Economies of Households (Open)
Organizer: Alya Guseva, Boston University
Session Description: New economic sociology has for the most part downplayed the household as an object of inquiry, focusing instead on profit-making, the firm, and the market. This panel invites papers across a wide spectrum of methodological approaches that treat the household as an important site of production, consumption, finance and distribution of resources, and apply the tools of economic sociology to better understand household economies as well as their relationship to market forces.
6. Open Topic (Open)
Organizer: Jennifer Lynn Bair, University of Colorado
Session Description: This panel invites papers on any theme that develop economic sociology’s agenda theoretically and empirically. Innovation is encouraged.
7. Economic Sociology Roundtables (Open)
Organizer: Ryan Calder, John Hopkins University