Call for papers: Reconsidering Debt, Money, and Other Relationships. Vienna. 10-14 July 2016. Deadline 9/30

September 3, 2015

From Aaron Pitluck:

I am organizing a panel of possible interest to readers of this listserv, entitled “Reconsidering Debt, Money, and Other Relationships” at the International Sociological Association’s Third Forum of Sociology this summer in Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2016 (details below).  This will be one of 15 panels organized by the Economy & Society research committee. Although the conference is next summer, the deadline for submitting abstracts is fast approaching:  September 30, 2015, 24:00 GMT.

Reconsidering Debt, Money, and Other Relationships

Session Organizer
Aaron PITLUCK, Illinois State University, USA,

Sociologists frequently understand finance in essentialist terms – as the creation and brokerage of capital. However, in line with other relational approaches in sociology, numerous scholars have investigated debt, credit, bonds, and other debt-like financial instruments as social relationships.

This open call for papers seeks empirical research that explores debt, money, bonds, and other debt-like financial instruments as social relationships. For example, papers can explore how culture, moral beliefs, norms, habit, imitation, strategic behavior, social networks, or social institutions shape ongoing debtor/creditor relationships. At the level of organizations, how does viewing debt and credit as relationships alter our understanding of the behavior of households, firms, corporations, municipalities, states, or transnational regions? At the level of financial instruments and markets, how are bonds, mortgages, and other household debt products created, marketed, and consumed? At higher levels of abstraction, how does viewing debt as a social relationship alter our empirical analysis of leveraging and deleveraging of households, corporations, nations, and currency regions? These broad questions are merely indicative of the wide range of research welcome in this session.

Two types of papers will be given preference. First, this session welcomes empirical research that may potentially permit a reconsideration of the ongoing intellectual and policy debates on sovereign and household debt in the Eurozone. Second, given the persistent Northern bias of ISA, theoretically-driven empirical research conducted outside of the North Atlantic is particularly welcome.

Please submit an abstract (300 words max) through the ISA Portal:

If you have any questions or concerns about your abstract, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me


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