The Contested Moralities of Markets Vol: 63

Simone Schiller-Merkens
Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Philip Balsiger
University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Product Details
02 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
232 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Moral struggles in and around markets abound in contemporary societies where markets have become the dominant form of economic coordination. The present volume advances our current understanding of markets by highlighting the sources, processes and outcomes of moral struggles in and around markets. It traces the creation, reproduction and change of underlying moral orders and reveals the role of status and power differentials, alliances and political strategies as well as the general cultural, social and political contexts in which the struggles unfold. The contributions to this volume reflect the ‘moral turn’ that can currently be observed in organization studies and economic sociology, and connect to recent developments in the sociology of morality.
Part I. Introduction 
Chapter 1. Moral Struggles in and Around Markets; Simone Schiller-Merkens and Philip Balsiger  
Part II. Empirical 
Struggles Around Morally Contested Markets 
Chapter 2. Contested Markets: Morality, Market Devices and Vulnerable Population; Philippe Steiner and Marie Trespeuch 
Chapter 3. Relational Work as a Market Device: An Analysis of the Contested "Voluntary" Carbon Offset Market; Alice Valiergue
Chapter 4. "This Market Changed My Life": Aspirations and Morality in Markets for Counterfeits; Matías Dewey
Coping with Moral Struggles in Moral(ized) Markets 
Chapter 5. The Moralization of Labor: Establishing the Social Responsibility of Employers for Disabled Workers; Eva Nadai and Alan Canonica 
Chapter 6. Playing the Double Game: How Ecopreneurs Cope with Opposing Field Logics in Moralized Markets; Lisa Suckert 
Chapter 7. Ethical Banks Between Moral Self-Commitment and Economic Expansion; Sarah Lenz and Sighard Neckel 
Moral Entrepreneurship and Moral Struggles in the Market Field  
Chapter 8. Protest Rhetoric's Appeal: How Brands as Moral Entrepreneurs Recruit the Media into Moral Struggles; Verena E. Wieser, Andrea Hemetsberger, and Marius K. Luedicke 
Chapter 9. Activists as Moral Entrepreneurs: How Shareholder Activists Brought Active Ownership to Switzerland; Daniel Waeger and Sébastien Mena 
Chapter 10. Contesting the Digital Economy: Struggles over Uber in Poland; Marcin Serafin 
Part III
Chapter 11. Reflections; Patrik Aspers
Simone Schiller-Merkens is a Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Management and Economics at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. In her research, she draws on organization studies, social movement theory and economic sociology to study the formation and change of market categories and fields at the intersection of economic and non-economic spheres. Her research has appeared in journals such as the Scandinavian Journal of Management, Historical Social Research, and Schmalenbach Business Review.
Philip Balsiger is an Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His work analyzes the moral embeddedness of contemporary markets, including the struggles around the institutional and cultural order of markets, the emergence of moral categories in markets, and ethical consumption. He is the author of The Fight for Ethical Fashion (2016) and has published papers in journals such as European Journal of Sociology, Business & Society, and Journal of Consumer Culture.

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