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Problems and opportunities in Polanyian analysis today

Problems and opportunities in Polanyian analysis today
Problems and opportunities in Polanyian analysis today
There is the beginnings of a shift in the tone of literature on or derived from the work of Karl Polanyi. On one hand, some authors are showing a willingness to admit a variety of problems and weaknesses in his work. But on the other hand, it is precisely this degree of critical introspection that is enabling latter-day Polanyian authors to identify some of the most important and contemporarily relevant aspects of Polanyi’s thought. In the two main sections of this article – on Polanyi’s concepts of ‘embeddedness’ and ‘double movement’ – I define the problems highlighted in previous iterations of Polanyian literature, moving on to examine how the texts under review address those problems, laying particular emphasis on the ideational components of Polanyi’s thought. I conclude by suggesting future directions for Polanyian scholarship, mooting the possibility of a distinctively ‘post-Polanyian’ perspective in which ideas, discourse and framing are placed centre stage
0308-5147
Holmes, Christopher
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Holmes, Christopher
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Holmes, Christopher (2012) Problems and opportunities in Polanyian analysis today. Economy and Society, 41 (3). (doi:10.1080/03085147.2012.682004).

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There is the beginnings of a shift in the tone of literature on or derived from the work of Karl Polanyi. On one hand, some authors are showing a willingness to admit a variety of problems and weaknesses in his work. But on the other hand, it is precisely this degree of critical introspection that is enabling latter-day Polanyian authors to identify some of the most important and contemporarily relevant aspects of Polanyi’s thought. In the two main sections of this article – on Polanyi’s concepts of ‘embeddedness’ and ‘double movement’ – I define the problems highlighted in previous iterations of Polanyian literature, moving on to examine how the texts under review address those problems, laying particular emphasis on the ideational components of Polanyi’s thought. I conclude by suggesting future directions for Polanyian scholarship, mooting the possibility of a distinctively ‘post-Polanyian’ perspective in which ideas, discourse and framing are placed centre stage

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Submitted date: 1 January 2011
Published date: 1 August 2012
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 194899
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/194899
ISSN: 0308-5147
PURE UUID: e9939325-9333-4428-b61f-b4a5632f5107

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Date deposited: 12 Aug 2011 10:35
Last modified: 07 Jan 2022 23:53

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