Department of Management, Society and Communication

Assistant professor

Room: DH.V.2.37
Alexander Dobeson

Alexander’s work is situated at the intersection of economic sociology and political economy. His work is dedicated to investigating how new markets and property rights emerge and transform economies.

Before joining MSC, Alexander received a PhD from Uppsala University (SE) and held visiting fellowships at the University of Chicago (USA) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).

Primary research areas
  • Economic Sociology (markets, property rights, moral economy)
  • Social & Cultural Theory (practice theory, field theory, cultural theory, phenomenology)
  • Sociology of Valuation (property, land & nature)
  • Science & Technology Studies (technology & infrastructure)
  • Qualitative Methods, Comparative Methods, Historical Sociology
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  • Kultursociologisk teori (HA-MAK, efterår)
  • Cultural Analysis & Consumer Culture Studies (HA-MAK, forår)
Selected publications

Dobeson, A., Kohl, S. (2023). 'The moral economy of land. From land reform to ownership society, 1880-2018'. Socio-Economic Review (online first).

Dobeson, A., Brill, S., Braun, V. (2023). 'Sorting out economic forms: a field guide to contemporary capitalism'. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory (online first).

Dobeson, A. (2021). 'The politics of value revisited: commodities, assets, and the gifts of nature'. Journal of Cultural Economy, 14(3), pp. 344—356.

Dobeson, A., & Kohl, S. (2020). 'Why durability matters? Towards a comparative economic sociology of market organization'. European Journal of Sociology, 61(1), pp. 33-64.

Dobeson, A. (2018). ‘Economising the rural: how new markets and property rights transform rural economies’. Sociologia Ruralis, 58 (4), pp. 886-908.

Dobeson, A. (2016). 'Scopic valuations: how digital tracking technologies shape economic value'. Economy and Society, 45, pp. 454-478.

Publications sorted by:
Alexander Dobeson; Sebastian Kohl / The Moral Economy of Land : From Land Reform to Ownership Society, 1880–2018.
In: Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, 4.2024, p. 737-764
Journal article > peer review
Alexander Dobeson / The Limits of Private Governance: Norms and Rules in a Mediterranean Fishery by Florian Grisel
In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 128, No. 5, 2023, p. 1578-1580
Book review > peer review
Alexander Dobeson; Saskia Brill; Veit Braun / Sorting Out Economic Forms : A Field Guide to Contemporary Capitalism.
In: Distinktion, 3.9.2023
Journal article > peer review
Alexander Dobeson / Manufacturing Land Imaginaries
Paper presented at Imaginaries, 2022
Patrik Aspers; Petter Bengtsson; Alexander Dobeson / Wie entstehen Märkte? : Ein Vergleich idealtypischer Erklärungsansätze in Ökonomie und Wirtschaftssoziologie.
In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie, Vol. 32, No. 4, 12.2022, p. 533-562
Journal article > peer review
Veit Braun; Saskia Brill; Alexander Dobeson / The Mutability of Economic Things
In: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2021, p. 271-279
Journal article > peer review
Alexander Dobeson / The Politics of Value Revisited : Commodities, Assets, and the Gifts of Nature.
In: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2021, p. 344-356
Journal article > peer review
Alexander Dobeson / 'Ouma, Stefan: Farming as Financial Asset Global Finance and the Making of Institutional Landscapes'. Agenda Publishing 2020
In: Economic Sociology, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2020, p. 33-34
Book review
Alexander Dobeson / Bühler, Martin: Von Netzwerken zu Märkten. Die Entstehung eines globalen Getreidemarktes'. Frankfurt am Main 2019, 196pp.
In: Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie, 2020, p. 128-130
Book review
Patrik Aspers; Petter Bengtsson; Alexander Dobeson / Market Fashioning
In: Theory and Society, Vol. 49, No. 3, 4.2020, p. 417-438
Journal article > peer review
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