Imaginaries, Narratives and Calculation in the Economy

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Imagin. Narr. & Calc in Econ

Spring 2020

Taught By: Jens Beckert

Section: A

CRN: 6818

Credits: 3

The capitalist economy is usually seen as the epitome of instrumental rationality, where decisions are based exclusively on rational calculation. But does this actually hold true? Is Elon Musk a dazzling mathematician or a brilliant storyteller? Joseph Schumpeter knew that economic calculation finds its limits when it comes to innovation. When economic actors are confronted with genuine newness, an unforeseeable future, and highly complex interdependencies, they count on imaginaries and narratives to determine a course of action. This course introduces a recently emerging literature in economic sociology and related fields on how actors deal with uncertainty of the future and how calculative instruments and imaginaries are used to shape economic futures.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:31am 8/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020