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date: 06 July 2020

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This article examines the intellectual mission of a cultural sociology of the economy, its theoretical horizon, and its pragmatic relevance in times of economic crisis. It first considers classical sources of a cultural sociology of the economy before discussing the use of cultural analysis in contemporary economic sociology. It then outlines the central features of a cultural sociology of the economy and emphasizes the moral obligation of scholars to offer fresh insights into the mechanisms that sustain public confidence or help to repair it, and more specifically how a cultural sociology of the economy can contribute in this respect. It argues that a cultural sociology of the economy can help tackle three of the most pressing problems that loom on the horizon of the current world economic crisis: the general public’s loss of confidence for private corporations, the economic profession, and independent central banks.

Keywords: cultural sociology of the economy, economic crisis, cultural sociology, cultural analysis, economic sociology, private corporations, economic profession, independent central banks, public confidence, economy

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