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Ethics, Economy and Social Science: Dialogues with Andrew Sayer

Balihar Sanghera

This book is a collection of critical engagements with Andrew Sayer, one of the foremost postdisciplinary thinkers of our times, with responses from Sayer himself.

Sayer's ground-breaking contributions to the fields of geography, political economy and social theory have reshaped the terms of engagement with issues and debates running from the methodology of social science through to the environment, and industrial development to the ethical dimensions of everyday life. Transatlantic scholars across a wide range of fields explore his work across four main areas: critical realism; moral economy; political economy; and relations between social theory, normativity and class.

This is the first full-length critical assessment of Sayer's work. It will be of interest to readers in sociology, economics, political economy, social and political philosophy, ethics, social policy, geography and urban studies, from upper-undergraduate levels upwards.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jan 29th, 2024
  • Pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.55in - 0.82lb
  • EAN: 9781032161631
  • Categories: Sociology - GeneralMethodology

About the Author

Balihar Sanghera is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent. His research has focused on neoliberal reforms in post-Soviet Central Asia, and charitable giving and philanthropy in the UK. In both areas, he uses moral economy to emphasise the ethical dimensions of economic and social life. His book is Rentier Capitalism and Its Discontents: Power, Morality and Resistance in Central Asia (2021), co-authored with Elmira Satybaldieva.

Gideon Calder is Associate Professor of Social Philosophy and Policy at Swansea University. His ten books include, most recently, How Inequality Runs in Families: Unfair Advantage and the Limits of Social Mobility (2016) and the co-edited Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children (2018). He has written extensively on issues in social, political and ethical theory and their application to various issues of policy and practice, and is co-editor of the journal Ethics and Social Welfare.

Praise for this book

"A stimulating collection of critical engagements with Andrew Sayer whose ground-breaking, postdisciplinary contributions to debates on critical realism, moral economy, inequality and social theory are relevant now more than ever. A fascinating book."

Prof. Karen Rowlingson, University of York, UK

"This book gives a central place to Andrew Sayer within critical realist theory, as his work richly deserves. His contributions always pivot on the humanistic, but his scope is much broader than is generally recognised. The contributors deal admirably with this range as well as its consistent concern with human well-being. This collection is not another 'introductory text' and so much the better for that. It shows critical realism doing as it should; fostering its own theoretical development through clear dialogues such as are presented here."

Prof. Margaret Archer, University of Warwick, UK

"Restoring the place of ethical values in social enquiry has been the central focus of Andrew Sayer's widely admired and influential work over the past two decades. This timely collection explores and engages with his contribution to this crucial task, and its relationship to his earlier work on critical realism in the social sciences. It will be essential reading for anyone concerned with how to conceptualise, study and evaluate the ethical character of contemporary capitalism and its implications for social relationships and human well-being."

Prof. Russell Keat, University of Edinburgh, UK

"Ethics, Economy and Social Science makes a strong case for the urgent relevance of Andrew Sayer's work for our time. The editors and authors draw from work that spans the breadth of Sayer's remarkable career, taking his most familiar ideas in challenging, sometimes surprising, and always inspiring directions. The interdisciplinary scope of Sayer's contributions is on full display in these chapters, as is the compelling promise of his ideas for the future of social science. As a collection, it offers a robust critique and timely guidance for those who hope that being a social scientist or philosopher is, in the end, an opportunity to advance human dignity and flourishing."

Prof. Elizabeth Olson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA