Economic Sociology

This cluster unites scholarship associated with economic sociology, science and technology studies (STS) and the sociology of risk regulation. Browse the latest blog posts written on these themes here.

Book Review: The Politics of Land edited by Tim Bartley

In The Politics of Land, editor Tim Bartley brings together contributors to highlight the significance of the neglected issue of land to political sociology. This is a highly informative volume that explores a range of issues related to the land-politics nexus beyond the top-down understanding of its role in capitalist accumulation with much potential for future sociological research, writes Alexander Dobeson. 
The […]

Economic Inequality in the Islamic Republic of Iran

In this post, Yannick Schwarz explores the entwined nature of economic growth, inequality and poverty in Iran.

The twenty-first century has not exactly been uneventful for Iranians. 2009 saw protest over the surprise re-election of President Ahmadinejad. A ten-year-long painful period of international economic sanctions due to the decision to pursue a nuclear programme only came to an end in 2016 […]

Uber’s ‘Partner-Bosses’

by Alex Rosenblat


Uber has long claimed it’s a technology company, not a transportation company, and an intermediary that connects supply (drivers) with demand (passengers). The language Uber uses communicates a strong message of distance between itself and its relationship to drivers: Uber classifies drivers as independent contractors, labels them “driver-partners”, and promotes them as entrepreneurs, although the company faces legal challenges over issues […]

Social Theory and the Sociological Imagination: an interview with Nigel Dodd (2 of 2)

Part II of our interview with Nigel Dodd, LSE Professor of Sociology, interviewed by Riad Azar. Part I can be found here.


Azar: Your research points to a relationship between money and the Westphalian order of nation-states, one which endows national currencies with authority and legitimacy. But you go further by introducing scalar relationships, showing how trends on the local and […]

Social Theory and the Sociological Imagination: an interview with Nigel Dodd (1 of 2)

Part I of our interview with Nigel Dodd, interviewed by Riad Azar.


Nigel Dodd is Professor in the Sociology Department at the LSE. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1991 on the topic of Money in Social Theory, and lectured at the University of Liverpool before joining the LSE in 1995. Nigel’s main interests are in the sociology […]

What Money Can’t Buy

by Leon Wansleben, Assistant Professor, LSE Sociology


Last week, a curious incidence occupied my time more than I would have wanted or expected. I received an email from a German sociologist, who addressed me with a strange request: He wanted me to conduct 15 interviews for him on some specific question; the data would then be sent to Germany to […]

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Can Sociological Thinking Help Address the Bad Apples and Rotten Barrels of the Financial Industry?

by Sian Lewin, doctoral researcher in the LSE Department of Sociology


Recently, US and UK regulators announced that six global banks (including Barclays and RBS) will pay over $5.6bn between them in fines for the manipulation of benchmark exchange rates in the foreign currency markets. This is the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of financial scandals including the ‘London […]

Suspended Between Armageddon and Immortality: a sociology for the 21st century

by Elena Denaro, PhD Student


The first evening of Cumberland Lodge kicked off to a roaring start: an inspirational opening presentation by Craig Calhoun (Director of the LSE) followed by our first panel session on ‘Digital Futures’ with a trio of professors: Lord Anthony Giddens (Former Director of the LSE), and the department’s own Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd. Despite […]

Book Review: ‘The Social Life of Money’ by Nigel Dodd

Money is ubiquitous. We all take money for granted – not in the sense of having enough money in our pockets or our bank accounts, but in the sense that we weigh objects, goods, services, claims, maybe even time in a monetary standard. We seldom ask ourselves what money is. Yet, especially in times of economic crisis, money does […]

British Journal of Sociology Special Issue on Piketty’s ‘Capital’

Possibly the most talked about book of 2014, Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the subject of the December 2014 issue of the British Journal of Sociology.

This special Symposium edition of the BJS contains eleven original articles discussing various aspects and implications of Piketty’s work across sociology as well as other social science disciplines. Nigel Dodd, in his Editor’s Introduction, […]