Towards A Cultural Political Economy
Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy
Ngai-Ling Sum, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, UK and Bob Jessop, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK
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This fascinating volume offers a critique of recent institutional and cultural turns in heterodox economics and political economy. Using seven case studies as examples, the authors explore how research on sense- and meaning-making can deepen critical studies in political economy, illuminating its role in critiquing the specific categories, contradictions and crisis-tendencies of capitalism.
Contents: Preface Introduction Part I: The Logos, Logics and Limits of Institutional and Cultural Turns: Challenges and Responses 1. Institutional Turns and Beyond in Political Economy 2. Cultural Turns and Beyond in Political Economy 3. Semiotics for Cultural Political Economy Part II: Towards a Post-Disciplinary Cultural Political Economy 4. Between Scylla and Charybdis: Locating Cultural Political Economy 5. Elaborating the Cultural Political Economy Research Agenda: Selectivities, Dispositives and the Production of (Counter-)Hegemonies Part III: Reimagining and Institutionalizing Competitive Governance: Narratives, Strategies and Struggles 6. A Cultural Political Economy of Variegated Capitalism 7. A Cultural Political Economy of Competitiveness and the Knowledge-based Economy 8. The Production of a Hegemonic Knowledge Brand: Competitiveness Discourses and Neoliberal Developmentalism 9. Competitiveness Clusters, Wal-Martization and the (Re)making of Corporate Social Responsibilities 10. Competitiveness Knowledge Brands and Service Governance: The Making of Hong Kong’s Competitiveness–Integration (Dis)order Part IV: Financialization, Financial Crisis and Reimaginations 11. Crisis Construals and Crisis Recovery in the North Atlantic Financial Crisis 12. The North Atlantic Financial Crisis and Crisis Recovery: (Trans-)national Imaginaries of ‘BRIC’ and Subaltern Groups in China Part V: Consolidating Cultural Political Economy: From Pre-theoretical Intuition to Post-Disciplinary Practice 13. Implications for Future Research in and on Cultural Political Economy References Index