The superiority of economics and the economics of externalism - a sketch

Winzler, T. (2019) The superiority of economics and the economics of externalism - a sketch. Science in Context, 32(4), pp. 431-447. (doi: 10.1017/S0269889720000058) (PMID:32202239)

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The article takes as its starting point the relationship of academic economists and the wider society. First, various bodies of literature that deal empirically with this matter are discussed: epistemologically, they range from a bold structuralism via a form of symbolic interactionism to a form of radical constructivism. A Bourdieusian approach is recommended to complement these perspectives with a comprehensive perspective that is sensible to the cultural differences between social groups. Starting from the established notions of field, capital and habitus, the article then attempts to go the initial steps towards formulating a theory of the specificity of academic economics, taking Germany as its example. For that it uses and compares in-depth interviews of recognized and non-recognized German economics students. It shows the thorough interweaving of specific normative and positive dispositions into a conviction of objectivity and disinterestedness. This exploratory empirical induction furthers follow-up questions, the empirical answering of which may help to gain a more complete understanding of the actions and thoughts of economists in their specific contexts.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Winzler, Mr Tim
Authors: Winzler, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Science in Context
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1474-0664
Published Online:23 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Science in Context 32(4):431-447
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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