Ernst Langthaler, Elke Schüßler,
"Commodity studies with Polanyi: Disembedding and re-embedding labour and land in contemporary capitalism"
, in ÖZS - Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Vol. 44, Springer, Seite(n) 209?223, 2019, ISSN: 1011-0070
Commodity studies with Polanyi: Disembedding and re-embedding labour and land in contemporary capitalism
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This article aims to inform current debates in the field of transnational commodity studies through a Polanyian lens. Polanyi reminds us of the need to pay attention to the ?double movements? in which fictitious commodities are disembedded from and re-embedded in society. We focus on two fictitious commodities, labour and land, which are conventionally treated as mere inputs for the production of genuine commodities. Through investigating the disembedding and re-embedding of labour in the garment industry, and of land in the agro-food sector since the 1970s, we gain insights regarding the commodification of fictitious commodities in the context of transnational commodity chains. The developments in both fields imply not just simple double movements, but complex entanglements of disembedding and reembedding dynamics at the interface of state, business and civil society actors.