The Capitalist Personality
How did the shift from planned to market economy in post-socialist states affect valuations of social relationships? How do those values — those general beliefs used to prioritise behaviour — shift to reflect those values rewarded by market capitalism? Does "economic development" through market capitalism have detrimental effects for human social relationships?
Join Dr. Christopher Swader to discuss his book, "The Capitalist Personality: Face-to-Face Sociality and Economic Change in the Post-Communist World" (2013) in which he examines the shifts in values following the economic transformation in East Germany and China. The book presents his in-depth study of the adaptation of morals linked to intimate others as a response to cognitive dissonance spurred by people’s adaptation to socio-economic change. Inspired by Polanyi, Christopher looks critically at the shifts that took place in the tumultuous transition from traditional societies to the ’modern’ society.
Christopher Swader is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Lund University. He was previously at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow where he taught social theory, focusing on individualisation and modernisation, critical theory (the Frankfurt School), the life course, and historical sociology.
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