Reconstructing Karl Polanyi

Reconstructing Karl Polanyi : Excavation and Critique

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Karl Polanyi's contribution to political economy and social science is immeasurable. In Reconstructing Karl Polanyi, Gareth Dale, foremost scholar and biographer of Polanyi, provides a sweeping survey of his contributions to the social sciences. An opponent of traditional economics and a believer in economics' contingency to society and culture, Polanyi's work has a cross-disciplinary appeal, finding popularity in anthropology, economic history, economic sociology and political science. Paradoxical formulations, such as `liberal socialist' and `cosmopolitan patriot', are often used to describe Polanyi's intellectual and political vision. In exploring these paradoxes, Dale draws upon original writings and transcripts to reconstruct Polanyi's views on a range of topics long neglected in critical literature; including the history of antiquity, the evolution and dynamics of Stalin's Russia, McCarthyism and Polanyi's critical dialogue with Marxism. Accompanying the reconstruction of his work is Dale's analysis of Polanyi's relevance to current issues, notably the `clash' between democracy and capitalism, and the nature and trajectory of European unification. This proves an indispensable critical guide to Polanyian more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335195
  • 9780745335193

About Dr. Gareth Dale

Gareth Dale is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Brunel University, England. His previous books include First the Transition, then the Crash (Pluto, 2011) and Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market (Polity, 2010).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Reconstructing sociology 2. The Marxist orbit: Polanyi's double movement 3. Capital versus the demos 4. Democratic tyranny: The Soviet Union 5. Reconstructing The Great Transformation 6. Regionalism and the European Union 7. Intellectuals and the Red Scare 8. Redistribution and market exchange in Mesopotamia 9. Markets in Ancient Greece: The challenge of the New Institutionalism, with Matthijs Krul Notes Indexshow more

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'No one digs deeper than Gareth Dale into Polanyi's mindset, into his politics as well as his scholarship' -- Chris Hann, Director, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany `Revitalises, brings back, and inverts Polanyi's thought' -- Alicia Giron, Professor and Researcher of the Economic Research Institute â (IIEc) at the National University of Mexico `A great asset for the left in the critique of capitalist market economy' -- Tamas Krausz, author of Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography (Monthly Review Press, 2015) 'Indispensable for understanding and applying Polanyian thought. Dale's book is a model of critical scholarship, placing Polanyi in historical context and skillfully tracing the development of his theory' -- Wolfgang Streeck, Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, author of Buying Time and How Will Capitalism End?show more