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Creative legacies
Melanie Giles

whether some of the most iconic bog bodies were accidents, executions, sacrifices or self-offerings. We should not be too concerned: Charles Sanders Peirce himself used the bog to evoke the ever-provisional nature of scientific enquiry that is not ‘standing on the bedrock of fact. It is walking upon a bog, and can only say, this ground seems to hold for the present. Here I will stay till it begins to give way’ (in Hartshorne and Weiss 1994 : V: 589). What we can do, however, is contextualise our bog bodies, in place and in time. Throughout, the book has sought to

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Stan Metcalfe and Alan Warde

1 Introduction Stan Metcalfe and Alan Warde There has been increasing interest and debate in recent years on the instituted nature of economic processes in general and the related ideas of the market and the competitive process in particular. This debate lies at the interface between two largely independent disciplines, economics and sociology, and reflects an attempt to bring the two fields of discourse more closely together. In many ways this is to return to a previous age when the study of institutional arrangements was at the centre of the study of

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where one might turn to the problem of the sublime and deconstruction. Is it possible to accept the inhuman intensity of the problem of the future – its necessary capacity to outstrip calculation and imagination – without abandoning the task or problem of survival altogether? Rather than engineering Nature, the humanities or the imagination in order to ensure ‘our’ survival, one might ask whether there has been an excess of comprehension in the face of a time and history that has not been paralysing enough. That is, in the face of the failure of scientific know-how to

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Andrew Sayer

2 Markets, embeddedness and trust: problems of polysemy and idealism Andrew Sayer Introduction In this paper I develop a critique of certain approaches to markets and firm behaviour in economics and economic sociology. There are two main targets of the critique. The first concerns some common approaches to markets and the nature of firms in relation to them. Here I argue that the diverse uses of the term ‘market’ in contemporary lay and academic discourse cause confusion. Also problematic in both mainstream and institutional economics is the tendency to treat

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Louise Amoore

6 Globalisation at work: unheard voices and invisible agency T he contemporary problematic of globalisation has encouraged a particular mode of knowledge to dominate explanations of social change. Academic and popular discussion of all matters ‘global’ have predominantly asked ‘what is happening’ type questions. It has become almost common sense to seek to explain the nature of the beast itself, making reference to technological and market structures as the driving forces of change. In this formulation the everyday lives of people are positioned passively

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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

triumph of liberal capitalist democracy on a global scale. Some of the inadequacies of contemporary liberalism are discussed and an estimate is made of the future that lies in store for liberalism. POINTS TO CONSIDER Is liberalism culturally specific to Westernisation or is it of universal value? To what extent is the liberal focus on the individual based on a misunderstanding of human nature

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depathologise ‘failed’ states. The chapter starts with a discussion of Weberian historical sociology in order to analyse not only coercion, extraction and claims to legitimacy as constitutive practices of states, but also how informal and plural forms of governance do not make the DRC pathological; in fact, they characterise the nature of peacebuilding as a plural and improvised form of ruling. This is illustrated with some empirical examples in the fourth section of the chapter. Before that, a third section analyses both Africa’s normality and exceptionalism. It first

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Graeme Kirkpatrick

take us forward to a superior civilisational model. This part of his argument rests on an organicist, holistic approach to social totality, in which reconciliation of the human with nature and technology, fulfilled in part by technology that humanises nature, are key values. I will suggest that on this point Feenberg’s argument has been historically superseded. Precisely the kind of aesthetic modernism he recommends is now hegemonic in contemporary design, and it has not brought about any progressive advance in terms of economic justice or democratic politics

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and Oughton, 1999). More recently, two further peculiarities of professional football leagues have become apparent. The first concerns the nature and role of match-going supporters in the production of live football matches and issues in corporate governance, while the second concerns the vertical production relationship between football clubs and, on the one hand, the league and, on the other, television broadcasters. In the UK, football, the largest professional league sport, has traditionally been regulated by the Football Association, the Football League and

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