There is currently a common belief in the Western world that high culture and arts are quite elitist and lead to discrimination: high-end humanities such as classic literature and philosophy, deep knowledge of history, arts or science are inaccessible to the common folk yet very rewarding economically and socially. To what extent is that … Continue reading Was Bourdieu right? Art, Culture and Social reproduction
When we look at the Middle East today, we directly think of inter-religious, inter-ethnic and politically motivated conflicts triggered by some event. Take, for example, the Syrian civil war and the first Arab spring demonstrations there, which took place in the city of Daraa. This raises the question: can we create a general theory of … Continue reading An economic theory of war: the Syrian example beyond religion and ethnicity
In recent years, the call for pluralism has been at the heart of the scientific debate in Economics. Whether you, as an economist, find yourself against or in favour of the development of a plural economics, it is with no doubt a matter of interest for the entire community. Advocates for pluralism are found not … Continue reading On what we do not see
You probably know the definition of a Pareto optimum—otherwise you ought to study hard before your end-of-term exam—but did you know that V. Pareto wrote a book on sociology entitled Treatise on General Sociology? In this book, where he develops a systematic method of approaching sociological inquiry, he tries to base the difference between sociology … Continue reading Are Economics and Sociology Two Poles Apart?