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Posted on 2011.10.12 at 15:52

The Great Transformation
Karl Polanyi
An errant critique, written June 4, 2008 (!) - contains some absurd statements.


bobby1933 at 2011-10-12 22:46 (UTC) (Lien)
We are so short sighted that we assume that just because the prophecies of some far seeing individuals like Marx or Polanyi haven't come to pass, they never will.

It is true that Polanyi's book is regarded as probably the greatest social science read of the twentieth century. But it is wrong to assume that it is assigned to students. I started college just eight years after its publication and spent the next sixteen years, off and on, in "higher" education venues. I majored in Sociology, and took quite a few history classes and some economics. I don't remember Polanyi ever being mentioned, let alone assigned.

I did suggest him to my students, and assigned him to one class, but i don't anyone else doing that.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2011-10-14 22:57 (UTC) (Lien)
yes - we are profoundly short-sighted about so much!

i'm not sure i ever heard of him before - (i studied psych, poly sci, int'l studies, with some econ) - he probably was mentioned in some of my sociology(-type) classes - but no great effort to make him memorable apparently

that's great that you recommended him

there's an irish economist who's pretty relevant right now, whom i want to post a link to, not sure if i have notes - his name might be flanigan or finnegan or something german sounding - his first name is something like "Amon" or "Amus"...
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