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Alexander Dobeson

post doctoral at Department of Sociology, Faculty

+4618-471 1506
Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsv. 3H

Postal address:
Box 624
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Alexander Dobeson is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology and member of the Uppsala Lab of Economic Sociology. His research investigates the relation between markets, technology and culture in contemporary capitalism.

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Alexander Dobeson studied sociology, philosophy and political sciences at the University of Bamberg (Germany) and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). He was a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago (USA), the University of Newcastle (UK)  and was awarded a PhD from Uppsala University in 2016. 

Fields of interest

  • Economic sociology/ Political Economy
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Rural sociology
  • Social theory/theory of society
  • Qualitative methods/ comparative sociology




Dobeson, Alexander (accepted). Economising the rural: how new markets and property rights transform rural economies, in: Sociologia Ruralis.

Dobeson, Alexander (2018). 'The wrong fish: maneuvering the boundaries of market-based resource management', in: Journal of Cultural Economy (online first)

Dobeson, Alexander (2018). 'Between Openness and Closure: Helmuth Plessner and the Boundaries of Social Life', in: Journal of Classical Sociology, Vol. 18 (1) pp. 36-54.

Kohl, Sebastian, Alexander Dobeson, Barbara Brandl (2017). Varieties of Agrarian Capitalism. Towards a Comparative Analysis of Rural Economies, in: Economic Sociology: The European Electronic Newsletter, Vol. 18 (3), pp. 19-31.

Dobeson, Alexander (2016). 'Scopic valuations. How digital tracking technologies shape economic value', in: Economy and Society, vol. 45 (2-3), pp. 454-478.


Dobeson, Alexander (work in progress). Revaluing Coastal Fisheries : How Small Boats Navigate New Markets and Technology. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dobeson, Alexander (2016). Hooked on markets. Revaluing coastal fisheries in liberal rural capitalism. PhD dissertation. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press.

Dobeson, Alexander (2012) Kreative Unsicherheit. Eine Studie über die konstitutive Bedeutung von Grenzziehungen und Grenzüberschreitungen auf ästhetischen Märkten am Beispiel der Werbebranche. Bamberg:  Bamberger Beiträge zur Soziologie (Band 9) (

Book chapters

Dobeson A. (forthcoming) Das Fischerdorf im liberalen Kapitalismus: sozialräumliche Öffnungs- und Schließungsprozesse in der nordatlantischen Peripherie. In: Steinführer A, Laschewski L, Mölders T, et al. (eds) Renaissance der Lebens- und Sozialform Dorf? Sozialräumliche Öffnungs- und Schließungsprozesse in ländlichen Räumen der Gegenwart. Münster: LIT-Verlag.

Patrik Aspers & Alexander Dobeson (2011): 'Market making in history', in: Patrik Aspers, Markets. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 42-54.

Reviews and reports

Dobeson, Alexander (2013): "Conference Report: Economic Sociology and New Theoretical Directions, Noors Slott, 12-15 September, 2013", in:    Accounts. American Sociological Association Newsletter, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 13-6. (

Dobeson, Alexander T. (2010): 'Scandinavian Soziologie in Context: Interview with Patrik Aspers', in: Soziologiemagazin Vol. 3, pp. 56-8 (

Dobeson, Alexander T. (2009): 'Grundlagen der Wirtschaftssoziologie. Eine Rezension von Alexander Dobeson', in Soziologiemagazin Vol. 1, pp. 36-7.


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