The sociology of conventions and regimes of engagement

Morten Boesen (Deltager)

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedDeltagelse i workshop, seminar og kursus


Since the publication of De la justification by Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot in 1991, large literatures in sociology and political economy have applied the concepts of justification and of conventions to examine a variety of social and economic phenomena. In the past decade, Laurent Thévenot has developed this approach further, arguing that justification is only one of the ways people engage with their environment. The qualification of a common good (‘justifiable engagement’) involving a ‘moral subject’ is thus now considered one of a plurality of ‘regimes of engagement’, including one of ‘functional and strategic engagement’, where the environment is dominated by stakeholders asserting interests, and of ‘familiar engagement’, where people can operate by maintaining personalized attachments and relations. The course will provide participants with deep knowledge of justification, conventions and the plurality of regimes of engagement, and will explore points of contact and friction between these approaches and other traditions, such as institutional sociology and actor-network theory. Finally, the course will cover applications of these theories in branches of international political economy, such as global value chain analysis, and help participants to develop their capacity to use these approaches in their own work.
Periode26 maj 201428 maj 2014
PlaceringFrederiksberg, Danmark