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For a critical cultural political economy

Sayer, A (2001) For a critical cultural political economy. Antipode, 33 (4). pp. 687-708. ISSN 0066-4812

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Abstract

This paper argues that, if cultural political economy is to be worthwhile, it needs to be critical of its object. In order to develop its critical understanding of contemporary society, it needs to do at least three things. Firstly, while the cultural turn has corrected and sometimes inverted economic reductionism's dismissive treatment of culture and the lifeworld, it needs to avoid reducing economic systems to the lifeworld in which they are embedded, so that the extent to which systems are responsible for economic and cultural effects-good or bad-is not obscured. Secondly, it needs to take a more critical look at the social and cultural embedding of economic activities, and at the way system mechanisms of capital accumulation and uneven development have powerful disembedding and disruptive effects. Thirdly, it needs to reconsider, rather than ignore, classical political economy, which was always cultural and is still of relevance today, even though it failed to anticipate new issues of cultural and political significance, such as the politics of identity.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Antipode
Additional Information: 7th International Seminar of the Aegean, PAROS ISLAND, GREECE, AUG 30-SEP 05, 1999
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 19767
Deposited By: Ms Margaret Calder
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2008 16:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19767

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