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.
Alexander is currently a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, Department of Sociology (November 2018 to October 2020)
His current project investigates the socio-technical, institutional and cultural practices of land valuation and market-making.
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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) and completed his PhD with an ethnography on the organisation of new markets and property rights in the fisheries at Uppsala University in 2016.
Alexander is currently a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).
Fields of interest
Economic sociology/ Political Economy
Science & Technology Studies
Social theory/theory of society
Qualitative methods/ comparative sociology
'Fields of valuation. How conflicting valuations of land shape the countryside' (Swedish Research Council, Project ID: 2018-00363)
Dobeson, Alexander (2019). Revaluing Coastal Fisheries : How small boats navigate new markets and technology. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Dobeson, Alexander & Sebastian Kohl (accepted). 'Towards a comparative economic sociology of market organization: why the socially expected durability of goods matters', in: European Journal of Sociology.
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 (2018). Economising the rural: how new markets and property rights transform rural economies, in: Sociologia Ruralis, Vol. 58 (4), pp. 886-908.
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.
Reviews and reports
Dobeson, Alexander (2019). 'Book Review The Politics of Land edited by Tim Bartley', in: LSE Review of Books (https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2019/07/29/book-review-the-politics-of-land-edited-by-tim-bartley/)
Dobeson, Alexander (2019). 'Christophers, Brett. The New Enclosure. The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain', Verso, £20 (Hardback), in: British Journal of Sociology, pp. 1095-1097.
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