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The Language of Current Economics: Social Theory, the Market, and the Disappearance of Relationships

  • Berkeley A. FranzEmail author
  • John W. Murphy
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Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)

Abstract

Social theory begins with the odd proposition that persons are basically separate and somehow must be united. As a result of this inauspicious beginning, the collapse of society and the need for order have been a key preoccupation of many social critics. Dennis Wrong (1961) contends, accordingly, that this fear of disorder has resulted in these writers advancing an “over-socialized” conception of human existence. Specifically, unless persons are dominated by powerful institutions, the assumption is that society will likely erupt into chaos.

Keywords

Neoliberalism Violence Social theory Economic philosophy Social responsibility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social MedicineOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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