This collective volume consists of studies by historians, social anthropologists, philosophers and political scientists on a wide range of topics, from subsistence crises to workers’ collective organization and action, from relations of debt to regulated professions. Discourses and practices are studied in which morality and economy interpenetrate and conflict as the social antagonism develops, from England to Syria, from Epirus to Icaria, from the 17th to the 21st century (but mostly in the 20th century). The authors engage with the question of the meanings of moral economy and the ways the concept can help us to better understand phenomena such as popular protest, collective action, populism, solidarity, critiques of capitalism and liberalism.
The book is product of the research project “Morality and economy. Issues of morality in the public discourse about market and profit in Greece, late 19th century-first half of the 20th century”, which has received funding from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under grant agreement No 1043.