Abstract

Abstract:

E. P. Thompson’s classic 1971 article “The Moral Economy of the English Crowd” turned a forgotten locution into a cottage industry. But Thompson was surprisingly ambivalent about this academic success story. As discussion of “moral economy” burgeoned within the humanities, he watched grimly as talk of the “market economy” flourished in the wider world. His language had survived, but he took little consolation in the popularity of a concept that, stripped of its context, threatened to become a catchphrase.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2151-4372
Print ISSN
2151-4364
Pages
pp. 241-246
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-28
Open Access
No
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