Marketization and its Others. Technologies, Knowledges, Practices

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Washington 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Marc Boeckler, Christian Berndt
Chairs: Christian Berndt


There has been a longstanding recognition by scholars working from cultural economy and critical political economy perspectives of the need to problematize naturalized divisions between a formal market-driven capitalist economy and its various others. Work inspired by these perspectives shares an interest in the question of how precisely quotidian economic practices emerge at the crossroads of diverse institutional logics and rationalities, with price-making market competition rubbing against various alternative non-market “others”, such as reciprocal commoning, householding or state-driven decommodification.

Scholarly work inspired by cultural economy and social studies of economization in particular has long demonstrated how markets are constantly in the making, how they become a performative effect of socio-technological agencements, with “things” and “science”, “market devices” and “economics” recursively informing and intervening in processes of marketization. Likewise, there has been increasing recognition recently in political economic contributions of institutional variation and the need to go beyond simple understandings of the capitalist economy as oscillating in double movement type fashion between market and non-market institutional forms. It is the aim of this session to bring both literatures into dialogue with each other, conceptualizing the formation of these arrangements as a boundary struggle that is never complete and fully stable. More specifically, the session engages with the following three interrelated questions:

# How are the fuzzy borders between markets and its various "others" drawn and maintained and how exactly are non/market arrangements stabilized?
# How are places, people and things selectively incorporated in these boundary struggles and how can we take account of the constitutive role of multiple exclusions in these processes? 
# What are the models, knowledges, scientific practices and the technologies and devices that intervene in the construction and practical enactment of alternative economies?

Contributions examine “marketization and its others” empirically and/or conceptually. In addition to research that deals with situations in which the capitalist market is realized and enacted in various ways (e.g. market design, platform markets), papers in this session direct their attention to moments which are more explicitly framed as non-market alternatives (e.g. philantrocapitalism, faircoin, social investment).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Manuel Wirth*, University of Zurich - Zurich, Social service “gigs” and austerity experimentalism: the example of Social Impact Bonds in the UK 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Dan Cohen*, , Emily Rosenman, University of Toronto, Whose social? Marketization, finance, and the remaking of social services in the United States 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Peter Wissoker*, Independent Scholar, Notes Toward a Theory of Investability: Marketization, Real Estate, and the Multiple Interests in Property 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Chi-Mao Wang*, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Performing and counterperforming the organic food markets in East Asia: ahimsa, scientific knowledges and faith groups 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Dan Santos*, Clark University, James T Murphy, Clark University, Toward democratized biotechnology? Biohacking communities, sociotechnical transitions and the marketization of open-source biology 20 3:20 PM

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