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    The Phenomenology of Homo Economicus.Galit Ailon - 2020 - Sociological Theory 38 (1):36-50.
    Much has been written about the fictitious nature of the atomistic model of homo economicus. Nevertheless, this economic model of self-interest and egoism has become conventional wisdom in market societies. This article offers a phenomenological explanation for the model’s commonsensical grip. Building on the work of Alfred Schutz, I argue that a reliance on homo economicus as an interpretive scheme for making sense of the behavior of economic Others has the effect of reversing the meaning of signs and doubts that (...)
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    The Behavioral Economics of Pierre Bourdieu.Adam S. Hayes - 2020 - Sociological Theory 38 (1):16-35.
    This article builds the argument that Bourdieu’s dispositional theory of practice can help integrate the sociological tradition with three prominent strands of behavioral economics: bounded rationality, prospect theory, and time inconsistency. I make the case that the habitus provides an alternative framework to show how social and mental structure constitute one another, where cognitive tendencies toward irrationality can be either curtailed or amplified based on one’s position in the economic field and a person’s corresponding set of dispositions, ranging from more (...)
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    Marking Time in Memorials and Museums of Terror: Temporality and Cultural Trauma.Christina Simko - 2020 - Sociological Theory 38 (1):51-77.
    The theory of cultural trauma focuses on the relationship between shared suffering and collective identity: Events become traumatic when they threaten a group’s foundational self-understanding. As it stands, the theory has illuminated profound parallels in societal suffering across space and time. Yet focusing on identity alone cannot explain the considerable differences that scholars document in the outcomes of the trauma process. Namely, while some traumas become the basis for moral universalism, generating a capacity to forge connections between an in-group’s suffering (...)
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    Theorizing Region: Links to Ethnicity, Nation, and Race.John D. Skrentny - 2020 - Sociological Theory 38 (1):1-15.
    The concept of “region” is widespread in the social sciences but rarely theorized. I argue here that region is a multivalent concept similar to ethnicity, nation, and race. Building on the work of Bourdieu, Brubaker, and Griswold, I show that all four concepts can be understood as both “categories of analysis” and “categories of practice.” Moreover, all four have fundamental similarities regarding ontology and relation to space; historical sequences and relation to time; and protean boundaries that may change with social (...)
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