New Spirits of Capitalism?: Crises, Justifications, and Dynamics by Paul Du GayNew Spirits of Capitalism?: Crises, Justifications, and Dynamics by Paul Du Gay

New Spirits of Capitalism?: Crises, Justifications, and Dynamics

EditorPaul Du Gay, Glenn Morgan

Paperback | July 16, 2014

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After many years in which it appeared to be losing the pre-eminent position it had occupied in the lexicon of the social and human sciences, the term "capitalism" has once again become a matter of critical concern, both theoretically and substantively, in a range of disciplinary fields. Theglobal financial and environmental crises, and the shifting of economic power associated with the rise of the BRICs and the sovereign debt contagion in the Eurozone, for example, have all put the norms, practices, and devices of capitalist conduct back under the spotlight. Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello's The New Spirit of Capitalism has become a seminal text since its publication, sparking debate about the meaning, significance, and effects of contemporary changes in economic and organizational life, and becoming a reference point in political discussions about thewelfare state, collective action in a 'networked' world, and reconciliation of the interests of social justice with the "laws of the markets". This edited book offers the first comprehensive attempt to examine the power and reach of Boltanski and Chiapello's argument, the text's theoretical and methodological perspectives, tools, and techniques, and to do so in relation to the development of neo-liberal capitalism in the period since itsoriginal publication and in particular the culmination of these developments in the ongoing crisis since the financial collapse of 2007-8. The volume provides both a balanced critique and overview of New Spirit, but also shows how it can be used in a variety of empirical studies to develop newinsights into the functioning and regulation of capitalism in the contemporary era. The volume brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplinary fields such as Sociology, Management and Organization Studies, and Geography. Luc Boltanksi and Eve Chiapello also offer their thoughts on the continuing relevance of New Spirit over a decade after its publication, and in thecontext of contemporary global economic and political developments.
Paul du Gay is Professor of Organization Studies in the Department of Organization (IOA) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). His work is located in the sociology of organizational life and cultural studies. His publications include Consumption and Identity at Work, In Praise of Bureaucracy, and Organizing Identity. He is currently wr...
Title:New Spirits of Capitalism?: Crises, Justifications, and DynamicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:July 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198708831

ISBN - 13:9780198708834


Table of Contents

1. Paul du Gay and Glenn Morgan: Understanding Capitalism: Crises, Legitimacy and Change through the Prism of The New Spirit of CapitalismSection 1: New Spirits of Capitalism: Developments and Critique2. Luc Boltanski: A Journey through French-style Critique3. Eve Chiapello: Capitalism and its Criticisms4. Paul du Gay: Notes on Aspects of the Conceptual Architecture of the New Spirit: Weber and Hirschman5. Hugh Willmott: Spirited Away: When Political Economy becomes Culturalized6. Martin Parker: Beyond Justification: Dietrologic and the Sociology of Critique7. Nigel Thrift: The Insubstantial Pageant: Producing an Untoward LandSection 2: Applications: the Changing Nature of Capitalism, Work, and Organizations in the Public and Private Sectors8. Isabelle Huault and Helene Rainelli-Weiss: The Connexionist Nature of Modern Financial Markets: From a Domination to a Justice Order?9. Peer Hull Kristensen: The Distinctiveness of Nordic Welfare States in the Transformation to the Projective City and the New Spirits of Capitalism10. Silke Otsch, Pier Paolo Pasqualoni and Alan Scott: From New Spirit to New Steel-Hard Housing? Civil Society Actors, Capitalism and Crisis: The Case of Attac in Europe11. Kathia Serrano-Velarde: Benchmarking for the Greater Good? The New Investment Paradigm in European Higher Education12. Paul du Gay: New Spirits of Public Management Post Bureaucracy13. Susanne Ekman: Authenticity at Work: Questioning the New Spirit of Capitalism from a Micro-Sociological Perspective