“The Moral Power of Money”. Seminarium Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life 6.11.2018

Zapraszamy na kolejne spotkanie w ramach seminarium Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life. Profesor Ariel Wilkis (CONICET) zaprezentuje swoją książkę “The Moral Power Of Money” (Stanford University Press). Spotkanie odbędzie się we wtorek 6 listopada w godzinach 14:00 – 16:00 w Pałacu Staszica, ul. Nowy Świat 72, w sali 154.

Komentarz otwierający dyskusję wygłosi dr Marta Olcoń-Kubicka (Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN). Biogram profesora Wilkisa oraz abstrakt wystąpienia poniżej.

Seminarium odbędzie się w języku angielskim. Osoby zainteresowanie udziałem w seminarium oraz otrzymaniem wstępu do dyskutowanej książki proszone są kontakt na adres molcon-kubicka@ifispan.waw.pl

Spotkanie zostało zorganizowane dzięki wsparciu Biura Współpracy z Zagranicą PAN.

The Moral Power of Money: Morality and Economy in the Life of the Poor

Abstract: Looking beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary social interactions, “The Moral Power of Money” investigates the forces of power and morality at play, particularly among the poor. Drawing on fieldwork in a slum of Buenos Aires, Ariel Wilkis argues that money is a critical symbol used to negotiate not only material possessions, but also the political, economic, class, gender, and generational bonds between people. Through vivid accounts of the stark realities of life in Villa Olimpia, Wilkis highlights the interplay of money, morality, and power. Drawing out the theoretical implications of these stories, he proposes a new concept of moral capital based on different kinds, or “pieces,” of money. Each chapter covers a different “piece”—money earned from the informal and illegal economies, money lent through family and market relations, money donated with conditional cash transfers, political money that binds politicians and their supporters, sacrificed money offered to the church, and safeguarded money used to support people facing hardships. This book builds an original theory of the moral sociology of money, providing the tools for understanding the role money plays in social life today.

Ariel Wilkis is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) and Co-Director of the Center for Social Studies of Economics at the National University of San Martín, Argentina. He is the current dean of Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES). Ariel Wilkis has published in top sociological and anthropological journals, including Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory and Cultural Studies. His latest book The Moral Power of Money was published by Stanford University press in the prestigious Culture and Economic Life series. In 2018 The book was awarded honourable mention in the 2018 Zelizer Book Award of the American Sociological Association.

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