When: Monday, October 27, 12-13:30
Where: Room 3.1.1, East Wing, King’s Building
Abstract: Governing abundance: growing the field of ‘surplus sociology’
I aim to talk about a new research project exploring the politics surrounding the measurement, governance and distribution of surplus wealth. This research project challenges the tendency in much contemporary social science to privilege the study of economic scarcity over economic abundance, calling for a reversal of long-held assumptions about the nature, limits and implications of wealth production. By investigating how policy-makers, economists and civil society actors draw on economic evidence in order to rationalize policy changes, this project contributes to the sociology of knowledge and economic sociology through a case-based analysis of changing political and economic perspectives on the nature, morality and legitimacy of the public redistribution of economic surpluses generated in the private and public sectors. Prior to the talk, I will circulate a draft paper titled “Bataille’s compromise: reassessing gifts, debt and economic surplus.” The paper introduces some of the theoretical implications that underpin the research project.
If you would like to attend, please contact Dr Carlo Caduff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to read the draft of her paper.