Hope is an integral part of social life. Yet, hope has not been studied systematically in the social sciences. Editors Hirokazu Miyazaki and Richard Swedberg have collected essays that investigate hope in a broad range of socioeconomic situations and phenomena across time and space and from a variety of disciplinary vantage points. Contributors survey the resilience of hope, and the methodological implications of studying hope, in such experiences as farm collectivization in mid-twentieth-century communist Romania, changing employment relations under Japan's neoliberal reform during the first decade of the twenty-first century, the dynamics of innovation and replication in a West African niche economy, and Barack Obama's 2008 political campaign of hope in the midst of the unfolding global financial crisis.
The Economy of Hope shifts the analytic of anthropological and sociological investigations from knowledge to hope, presents case studies on the loss of collective hope, and concludes by offering techniques for replicating hope. In the hands of Miyazaki and Swedberg and their distinguished contributors, hope becomes not only a method of knowledge but also an essential framework for the sociocultural analysis of economic phenomena.
Contributors: Yuji Genda, Jane Guyer, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Annelise Riles, Richard Swedberg, Katherine Verdery.
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About the Author
Hirokazu Miyazaki is Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. He is author of The Method of Hope: Anthropology, Philosophy, and Fijian Knowledge and Arbitraging Japan: Dreams of Capitalism at the End of Finance.
Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He is author and editor of several books, including Principles of Economic Sociology.
Table of Contents
The Economy of Hope: An Introduction Hirokazu Miyazaki 1
Chapter 1 A Sociological Approach to Hope in the Economy Richard Swedberg 37
Chapter 2 Mercantilist-Utopian Projects in Eighteenth-Century Sweden Richard Swedberg 51
Chapter 3 Hope Turned Upside Down: How the Prospects for a Communist Utopia Were Dashed in 1950s Romania Katherine Verdery 77
Chapter 4 Hope and Society in Japan Yuji Genda 97
Chapter 5 Is the Law Hopeful? Annelise Riles 126
Chapter 6 When and How Does Hope Spring Eternal in Personal and Popular Economics? Thoughts from West Africa to America Jane I. Guyer 147
Chapter 7 Obam as Hope: An Economy of Belief and Substance Hirokazu Miyazaki 172
List of Contributors 191