A Prophet in his Hometown? The Academic Reception of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” across Disciplines in France and in the United StatestThe American Sociologist (2017)
This article analyzes the reception of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st century” from September 2013 to June 2015 in France, where it was first released, and in the United States, by academics who come from a variety of disciplines. We discuss the “spontaneous sociology” offered by some of the actors of this reception and analyze, using their remarks as a starting point, the major predictors of the content of an academic review of Piketty. Our results highlight the strong effect of passing time on the content of the reviews – three clear phases can be identified in the reception of the book showing a “proteus effect” pattern. They also emphasize the importance of understanding how academic disciplines structure the debate – much more so than the country of residence. In fact, most of the opinions academics express on Piketty’s book are tied to their departmental affiliations. We look at how this link articulates the intellectual structures of the disciplines with field theory. Our results suggest a strong autonomy of the social scientific field from more general public concerns.
- Field theory,
- Academic Disciplines,
- Science studies,
Citation InformationSacha Raoult, Brendan Leonard and Arnaud Derbey. "A Prophet in his Hometown? The Academic Reception of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” across Disciplines in France and in the United Statest" The American Sociologist (2017)
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