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Constructing Identity: The Post Keynesians and the Capital Controversies


  • Mata, Tiago


Economics in the 1960s was host to a number of dissenting movements challenging the profession's mainstream theories. As this mainstream changed in the 1970s, the dissenters also underwent a transformation of their own. By the late 1970s the dispersed dissenting voices had congregated to form groups of neo-Austrians, post-Keynesians, neo-Marxists and radical economists. Retrospectively, the 1970s appear as a period of intense negotiation among dissenters as they erected theoretical and methodological boundaries and institutions (associations, journals, seminars) that would come to define them. They were constructing not just conditions for carrying on their work but also a narrative perception of who they were, what they stood for and what was the nature of the profession they inhabited, which I hereafter call “identity†or “self-image.†The dispersed critiques were being redrawn into new sociological unities inside the profession. This paper aims to track one of the routes that brought dispersed critique into an organized and self-conscious grouping, self-identified as Post Keynesian economics. The broad question addressed is how did the Post Keynesians construct their identity?

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  • Mata, Tiago, 2004. "Constructing Identity: The Post Keynesians and the Capital Controversies," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 26(2), pages 241-259, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jhisec:v:26:y:2004:i:02:p:241-259_00

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