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Reading the General Theory as Economic Sociology: A broader interpretation of an economics classic

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  • Daniyal Khan

    (Department of Economics, Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Beaconhouse National University)

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This paper argues that given certain self-definitions and key defining features of economic sociology, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money can be read and interpreted as a text in economic sociology. Around this core argument, a case is built for a more open interaction and mutual appreciation between economic sociology and heterodox approaches to economics. The paper suggests how broader interpretations of classics of social science (such as the General Theory) may help us better appreciate the shared intellectual lineages and legacies of economics and sociology. It concludes with reflections on the historical development of the relationship between economics and sociology, and some speculation about their future.

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  • Daniyal Khan, 2016. "Reading the General Theory as Economic Sociology: A broader interpretation of an economics classic," Working Papers 1605, New School for Social Research, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    John Maynard Keynes; The General Theory; economic sociology; heterodox economics; capitalism;
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    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B50 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - General
    • P10 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - General
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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