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Piketty's challenge for sociology

Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 (2014) Piketty's challenge for sociology. British Journal of Sociology, 65 (4). pp. 591-606. ISSN 0007-1315

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-4446.12106

Abstract

This paper argues that Piketty's book should not simply be seen as that of an economist, but that it contains significant resources for sociologists to draw upon. These are firstly, this approach to social science and his use of visualizations which chime closely with recent claims about the power of description. Secondly I consider his conceptualization of time and history – which in rebutting epochal arguments about the speed of contemporary change allows for a much better appreciation of the ‘long durée’; and finally his conceptualization of social classes and privilege through his elaboration of a sociology of accumulation and inheritance. In all these ways, Piketty's work assists in developing an account of elites and wealth which should be highly productive for future sociology.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 13:03
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:56
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86869

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