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Utilizing milestones within the Dutch and German political economies -- Wassenaar and Alliance for Jobs respectively -- this ebook argues that Antonio Gramsci's 'common feel' offers us with the conceptual gear valuable for analysing the essential position performed by way of tradition and consensus within the trajectories of nationwide capitalisms in Europe.
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Additional info for Culture and Consensus in European Varieties of Capitalism: A
I assess five broad perspectives on culture in the social science literatures: political culture; webs of meaning in the local context; culture industries in and the culturalization of “late capitalism”; culture’s embedding and constitutive elements; and power. The different perspectives will be considered in turn, though at times they will be compared and contrasted. Political culture Surveying the topic of political culture…the diligent student is chastened by the amplitude of its definitions, usages, and functions within political inquiry.
In addition, while many versions of “the truth” exist at any one point in time, a dominant construction forms a “regime of truth”. As a result, what is taken to be objective and truthful is actually historically contingent on the power relations existent in the era in question. A similar account, from a different starting point, can be seen in Bourdieu’s “misrecognition” concept, whereby humans reproduce through language and action their structures of domination, because these very structures normalize their existence to the extent that emancipation is not only difficult but also virtually impossible to conceive (see Bourdieu 1990a).
This simple reversal of emphasis is ignored by the literature, which renders it unable to analyse critically the economic system it has wrapped in a relatively comfortable, benign, embedding framework (Sayer 2001: 698). 3 While Swedberg (1998) has made the case for economic sociology incorporating a broader “economy and society” focus as conceived in Weber’s later work (Weber 1978), he still, like the rest of the literature, 40 Culture and Consensus in European Varieties of Capitalism holds on to the desire to discuss in general, uncritical terms the interpenetration of economy and culture.