The Moralisation of Global Markets as Business Knowledge

  • Annette Cerne


This chapter offers an overview of morality as a form of knowledge in society, and of how markets through time have been suggested as a moralising entity in society. It then offers a contrasting perspective, of markets as an institution “amoralising” society. Going on to discuss markets as socially embedded, the chapter interlinks actors within and outside the boundaries of markets in attempts to moralise global markets. With a focus on the role of business organisations in the moralisation of global markets, this chapter outlines three leading approaches to the moralisation of global markets, in terms of a functionalist approach, a descriptive approach, and a critical approach. The chapter finishes by suggesting discourses as the building blocks for the moralisation of global markets.


Markets as moralising Markets as amoralising Functionalist approach Descriptive approach Critical approach 


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