The Interactive Complexity of Agency: Existing and Emerging Approaches for Theorizing the Economics of Culture and the Culture of Economies
The goal of this paper is to present an interdisciplinary space for productive conversation between economists and sociologists. Toward this I discuss two broad existing approaches for theorizing the economic and direct those into the emerging paradigm of complexity/chaos theory. I first outline the neoclassical model of the economy. Following this, I present the critique which has emerged from economic sociology and outline the field’s most powerful theoretical alternatives. Following this I provide a brief description of an emerging framework which I believe follows naturally from existing work in the field and represents the future trajectory of economic sociology. Chaos/complexity theory, I suggest, offers an opportunity to synchronize efforts in economic sociology, but also to stimulate a discourse with neoclassical economics – especially when considering ‘markets’ for ‘cultural goods ’ - which I suggest would be just about all goods.
Keywords: Economic Theory, Complexity Theory, Economic Sociology, Cultural Economics, Cultural Industries
Dr. Tim MacNeill
PhD Candidate, Communication and Cultural Studies Program, York University