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  • Mark 12:11 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Very interesting workshop someone is organising in my department: Everyday Market Lives 

    Call for a papers for a Workshop in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick,  February 13th 2015

    Everyday Market Lives

    Organised by Lynne Pettinger (Sociology, Warwick) and Liz Moor (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths)

    Deadline for abstracts: 31st October  2014

    Capitalist societies routinely ask people to make judgements of value and worth, and to decide between an array of competing choices, as part of their everyday lives. Economic knowledge and expertise is thus not something that resides only with bankers, financial journalists and government accountants; it exists in a tacit form within the routines of daily life in capitalist society, and is a key part of people’s experiences at work, in consumption, in leisure, in media use, in practices of caring for children and elderly relatives, or in financial planning and household management.  The kinds of resources (economic, social, intellectual and imaginative) that people are able to marshal, and how they understand what they want to, and are able to, make happen with these resources has profound implications for overall wellbeing, and for people’s sense of themselves as parents, workers, citizens, patients, and so on.

    Current scholarship in the areas of economic sociology, valuation studies and consumption studies is typically very good at articulating either the calculations, measurements and commensuration practices undertaken by institutional actors (such as those working in financial services), or the personal meanings and values attached to consumption practices in everyday life. It has not yet been so good at elaborating the economic skills and calculative practices, or the forms of working knowledge that people develop as part of everyday life in market societies. The value of making this connection, we propose, is to expand the intellectual frameworks through which we approach economic knowledge and action.

    The workshop therefore aims to bring together scholars from diverse fields to explore the ways in which people come to understand themselves as economic actors, and the kinds of knowledge about markets that they deploy, develop or acquire in doing so. Everyday economic activity involves people in making sense, making decisions and making meaning through the possibilities and limitations that income affords them: desires are tempered, the judgements of others are felt, and new expertise may need to be acquired. We invite papers with an explicit focus on ordinary, routine, banal, or everyday forms of economic action. We are open-minded about the empirical focus through which such issues might be explored, but possible questions that papers might address include:

    • What kinds of (economic) knowledge and expertise are used in everyday economic action? What are the sources of this knowledge?
    • How do people think about, and what do people learn about money and the workings of markets through everyday economic activities such as shopping, negotiating a pay rise, saving, allocating pocket money, making a will, or finding childcare?
    • How do people make judgements of worth in everyday situations? What kind of underlying ethics or values can be traced in people’s decisions in these areas?
    • What effect does poverty (or wealth) have on people’s sense of themselves as social/ economic actors? Conversely, how is people’s understanding of their economic choices or situations (including awareness of their position within hierarchies) shaped by public/media discourses about what counts as a ‘good’ economic subject?
    • How do people retrospectively account for or justify the choices they have made in these areas? Or how do they account for having made ‘bad’ decisions in their economic lives? Under what circumstances do they feel obliged to make such justifications?
    • What kinds of feelings are evoked when people engage in market/economic activities? How are fears and desires managed? Are there ‘prototypical’ affects or emotions associated with certain kinds of economic activities?
    • How do people produce narratives about themselves and their lives/relationships in relation to money and economic decision making?

    Abstract submission

    Please submit an abstract of 300 to 500 words by email to L.pettinger@warwick.ac.uk or L.moor@gold.ac.uk by 31st October 2014.  A limited budget to help with travel expenses is available. Lunch will be provided. Invited presenters will be notified by Nov 15th 2014. Please be prepared to share your paper by February 2nd 2015. Papers will be circulated before the workshop. The workshop will be reserved for intensive discussion of papers.

    • in association with the Social Theory Centre, Warwick University and the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London.


  • Mark 8:04 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: sociology of work,   

    ‘It’s not immaterial’ – Materiality at work 

    BSA Work, Employment and Economic Life Study Group Seminar/Workshop

    ‘It’s not immaterial’ – Materiality at work

    Friday 24 January 2014, 13:30-17:00

    BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London.

    The BSA WEEL group is holding a half day seminar/workshop on materiality at work on Friday 24th January 1.30pm – 5pm.

    How does the material environment of work matter? How are working lives and the organisation of the workplace impacted by the spaces, size, weight, smells, sounds and other material characteristics of particular jobs? In what ways do workers physically interact with the material world in order to perform work? How do instruments or tools mediate this interaction? Are interactions with organic materials different from interactions with non-organic materials? To what extent can we understand interactions with technology as material, rather than immaterial?

    Generally, what can an understanding of work as material contribute to the sociology of work and employment?

    The event will be held in the BSA meeting room, Imperial Wharf, London. Costs to participants: BSA members £20 (waged), £25 non-BSA members (waged) and free unwaged/student.

    Online registration is available now at: http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10330

    More information is available online at: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/specialisms/weel.aspx#_fe

    Administrative enquiries to BSA Events Team: events@britsoc.org.uk

    Academic enquiries to Ben Fincham: b.m.fincham@sussex.ac.uk

  • Mark 8:03 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: human fatigue, sociology of work,   

    Researching Human Fatigue in the Workplace Network 

    The Researching Human Fatigue in the Workplace network is holding a symposium on the 27th January, 2.30-5.30. We are delighted to be hosting two expert speakers on this topic followed by discussions.

    Professor Andy Smith, from Cardiff University, UK, will discuss “Cognitive fatigue at work: from the laboratory to the sea”.

    Professor Sabine Sonnentag, from the University of Mannheim, Germany, will discuss “Recovery from work – a way to beat fatigue”.

    All research active staff and students are welcome. For more information, please see the flyer and sign up for attendance on the website.

  • Mark 9:27 am on December 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: sociology of work, trade unionism, ,   

    Call for Papers on Young People, Precarious Work and Trade Unionism 

    Call for Papers on Young people, Precarious Work and Trade Unionism

    SASE/Chicago 2014 Mini-Conference, July 10-12, 2014

    We invite abstracts on the topic of ‘Young People, Precarious Work and Trade Unionism’ for a mini-conference at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

    The transition of young people into employment is fraught with considerable difficulties in finding stable and well-paid employment when compared to older workers. Young workers have been particularly affected by the wider changes in global economic conditions, as such changes have seen an increase in employee insecurity and instability. Low-paid, low-status and insecure work is predominantly carried out by young workers and as the position of young workers in the labour market is increasingly precarious, one may expect them to join unions for protection. However, with trade union membership in a state of flux, it is important to assess union strategies to engage with and recruit young precarious workers.

    We welcome submissions from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives such as sociology, economics, employment relations, public policy and law on the following themes:

    ·         The way in which young people are affected by precarious employment across different nations, regions and sectors.

    ·         The roles of different labour market institutions in enabling and/or preventing precarious work.

    ·         Trade union responses to the rise in precarious employment particularly amongst young people.

    ·         Trade union engagement with young people and youth issues more generally.

    Please visit the SASE website for more information about the meeting and to submit your abstract via the online system. The deadline for extended abstract submissions of 1,000 words is the 20th January 2014. Candidates will be notified by February 17, 2014. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a full paper in advance, by 1st June 2014. For any informal enquiries please contact Andy Hodder (a.j.hodder@bham.ac.uk) or Lefteris Kretsos (l.kretsos@gre.ac.uk). The session organizers will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the mini-conference and meeting. For more information, please see the conference website: https://sase.org/2014—chicago/sase-26th-annual-conference-theme_fr_173.html

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