Perspectives from Social Economics

Enacting Dismal Science

New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics

Editors: Boldyrev, Ivan, Svetlova, Ekaterina (Eds.)

  • -Develops the concept of performativity formulated by Callon and MacKenzie
  • -Contributors present a strongly interdisciplinary perspective
  • -Enhances the relevance of performativity to current economic and social theory                 
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In this book, sociologists, philosophers, and economists investigate the conceptual issues around the performativity of economics over a variety of disciplinary contexts and provide new case studies illuminating this phenomenon. In featuring the latest contributions to the performativity debate the book revives discussion of the fundamental questions: What precise meaning can we attribute to the notion of performativity? What empirical evidence can help us recognize economics as performative? And what consequences does performativity have for contemporary societies? The contributions demonstrate how performativity can serve as a powerful conceptual resource in dealing with economic knowledge, as an inspiring framework for investigating performative practices, and as an engine of discovery for thinking of the economic proper.             

About the authors

Ivan Boldyrev is Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics, Russia, and Research Associate at the Witten Institute for Institutional Change at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. His books include Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries and Hegel, Institutions and Economics (with Carsten Herrmann-Pillath). He has authored many articles focusing on the intellectual history of economics, philosophy of the social sciences, and German Idealism. Ekaterina Svetlova is a Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Finance at the University of Leicester’s School of Management, UK. Previously, she has been a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Constance, Germany; Zeppelin University, Germany; and University of Basel, Switzerland. She also worked as a Portfolio Manager and Financial Analyst at a big investment company in Frankfurt, Germany, for six years. Svetlova has published on themes such as economic sociology, social studies of finance, and economic philosophy in journals that include Economy and Society, Culture and Organization, Science in Context, Synthese and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.            

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“Enacting Dismal Science aims at bringing together sociologists, philosophers, and economists to give an overview of ‘what has happened in performativity research in the last year’ … . Indeed, the volume’s strength is in combining theoretical and empirical contributions that give readers a good sense of this fast-growing, cross-disciplinary field, including the various lines of (at times fierce) criticism that has been directed against it.” (Benjamin Braun, Economic Sociology, The European Electronic Newsletter, Vol. 18 (3), July, 2017)

“Boldyrev and Svetlova have set out a challenging and important task to push forward the dispersed streams of thought on performativity of economics. While this volume offers a solid reconstruction of the historical origins of the concept … .” (Pavel Kuchař, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Vol.10 (2), Fall, 2017)

“This book … provides new important tools for inquiring into that notion, called performativity… . The book’s title contains the word ‘enacting’, as the mechanism of enaction is considered a pivotal performative mechanism … . it emphasizes that the study of performativity constitutes a real opportunity for economics.” (Enrico Petracca, History of Economic Ideas, Vol. 25 (3), 2017)


“This remarkable book brings together philosophical speculation and historical analyses, conceptual work, and in-depth idiography. It provides a spectacular commentary on the ways economic knowledge inhabits and shapes modern capitalism, and on the logics behind its performative effects. A key reading for those who wish to get an idea on how economics gets political; a helpful source for the students of contemporary economic governmentality; and a convincing interdisciplinary endeavor to explore the everlasting tensions between the economic and the social.” (Joseph Vogl, Professor of Modern German Literature, Cultural, and Media Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany; Permanent Visiting Professor at the Department of German, Princeton University, USA)

“‘Performativity’ has become one of the most widely used and debated concepts in the social sciences. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in this crucial idea.” (Donald MacKenzie, Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK)

“What exactly does ‘performativity’ entail, and what are the implications for questions about agency, novelty, and critique? This volume helps illuminate these questions, drawing on disciplinary contexts and concerns as diverse as institutional theory, corporate governance, anthropology, and ethics. Not just an exemplary contribution, but a persuasive performance of the field it describes.” (Steve Woolgar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of Oxford, UK, and Linkoping University, Sweden)                       

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • After the Turn: How the Performativity of Economics Matters

    Boldyrev, Ivan (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

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  • Performativity Rationalized

    Guala, Francesco

    Pages 29-52

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  • Performative Mechanisms

    Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten

    Pages 53-86

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  • ‘Doing’ Laboratory Experiments: An Ethnomethodological Study of the Performative Practice in Behavioral Economic Research

    Böhme, Juliane

    Pages 87-108

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  • The Problem with Economics: Naturalism, Critique and Performativity

    Muniesa, Fabian

    Pages 109-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enacting Dismal Science
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics
Editors
  • Ivan Boldyrev
  • Ekaterina Svetlova
Series Title
Perspectives from Social Economics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature America, Inc., part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48876-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48876-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49210-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95842-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 206
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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