Alexander Dobeson

researcher 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 researcher at the Department of Sociology and member of the Uppsala Lab of Economic Sociology. His work investigates the intersection of markets, property rights, technology and culture in contemporary capitalism.

His current research project studies the valuation of land across different institutional fields.

Alexander is currently a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, Department of Sociology (November 2018 to October 2020)

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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 completed his PhD with an ethnography on the economisation and marketisation of rural economies at Uppsala University in 2016.

Fields of interest

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

Research grants

'Fields of valuation. How conflicting valuations of land shape the countryside' (Swedish Research Council, Project ID: 2018-00363)



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

Dobeson, Alexander (2018). 'The wrong fish: maneuvering the boundaries of market-based resource management', in: Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 11(2), pp. 110-124.

Dobeson, Alexander (2017). '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 (forthcoming 2019). 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), Ländliche Räume: Beiträge zur lokalen und regionalen Entwicklung. 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 (


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