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On the Possibility of an Enlarged Self-Definition of Economics

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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 brief note explores the possibility of working towards an enlarged self-definition of economics through economists’ study and appreciation of economic sociology. Common ground between economic sociology and heterodox economics is explored, and some of Richard Sennett’s ideas are used as prompts to raise some pertinent and hopefully interesting questions about economics. In particular, the note revisits the question of whether there is a possibility of changing our understanding of what kind of social scientific work falls within the domain of economics proper once we start critically engaging with work conventionally considered to be outside of that domain. In part, the note is intended to offer undergraduate students in economics – and possibly even those further down the road in their education – food for thought about what constitutes economics.

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  • Daniyal Khan, 2016. "On the Possibility of an Enlarged Self-Definition of Economics," Working Papers 1611, New School for Social Research, Department of Economics, revised Dec 2016.
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    1. Hodgson, Geoffrey M., 2004. "Reclaiming habit for institutional economics," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 651-660, October.
    2. Fine, Ben, 2000. "Endogenous Growth Theory: A Critical Assessment," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(2), pages 245-265, March.
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    Keywords

    Economic sociology; heterodox economics; capitalism;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • 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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