Economics in the first instance: the academic value of online financial journalism

Turnbull, N., 2014. Economics in the first instance: the academic value of online financial journalism. In: A. Bilal, A. Ratnayaka, A. Zobenbuller, C. Cointot, D. Harbidge, D. Whatman, E. Mbise, F. Al-hashimi, G. Martínez-Arellano, G. Rogers, I. Gostautas, J. Taylor, K. Trytko, L. Piscicelli, M. Ahmed, M. Alashab, M. Mahmood, S. Wilson, T. Elfayez and Y. Liao, eds., Breaking Boundaries 2014: First Annual Professional Research Practice Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 15 May 2014. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: Graduate School, pp. 1-2. ISBN 9780992995706

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Abstract

Since the cultural turn in the 1980s and the rejection of the basic assumptions behind classical Marxism the Humanities have lacked a theoretical framework that recognises the centrality of distal economic processes in relation to the patterns and processes of human life. Although it is still widely recognised that social reality is governed by ‘economic processes’ in last instance, especially the power of ‘the market’ to commoditise important aspects of the social, the precise nature of markets and economic processes remains opaque and little understood. Today economics is seen as the domain of the social sciences that has little to say about the domain of meanings and representations that has become the sine qua non of all forms of intellectual inquiry in the humanities. In this paper I will explore the way in which on line financial journalism can help humanities researchers construct a working model of contemporary global capitalism in a way that partially rehabilitates some of Marx’s key economic insights. The paper will go on to examine the way in which on-line financial journalism offers significant advantages to popular economics texts in this regard as it provides a ‘real time’ historical context that allows for an understanding of the dynamics of contemporary capitalism in situ.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Conference Key Note Speaker: Neil Turnbull.
Creators: Turnbull, N.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University: Graduate School
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2014
Rights: Copyright © the authors 2014.
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:39
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20341

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