Exploring the Thought of Karl Polanyi

Edited by Gareth Dale, Christopher Holmes, and Maria Markantonatou

Agenda Publishing

Exploring the Thought of Karl Polanyi

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Pub Date: May 2019

ISBN: 9781788210904

256 Pages

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Pub Date: June 2019

ISBN: 9781788210898

256 Pages

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Exploring the Thought of Karl Polanyi

Edited by Gareth Dale, Christopher Holmes, and Maria Markantonatou

Agenda Publishing

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The work of Karl Polanyi has become a central reference point for scholars working in a variety of traditions and disciplines within the social sciences, including international relations, international political economy, economic sociology, and economic anthropology. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to Polanyi’s work by examining the key themes that run throughout his work: economy, commodification, money, the gold standard, geopolitical economy, the state, class, fascism, democracy, and knowledge.

Each chapter introduces the relevant aspects of Polanyi’s writings, covering important terminology and the position of the topic in relation to his work more broadly. The contributions seek to engage critically with Polanyi’s ideas, analyzing both the strengths and weaknesses of his work. In addition, each chapter highlights the connections that Polanyi has with contemporary issues and debates.

The contributors seek simultaneously to openly engage with the problems of Polanyi’s work and also to celebrate its diversity, encouraging the reader to see it as a whole and not as a set of fragmented concepts. It is an ideal introduction for students engaging with Polanyi’s work for the first time.

About the Author

Gareth Dale teaches politics at Brunel University.

Christopher Holmes is lecturer in political economy at King's College London.

Maria Markantonotou is assistant professor in political sociology at the University of the Aegean, Lesvos.

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