In Search of the Socialist Subject: Radical Political Economy and the Study of Moral Incentives in the Third World

Including A Symposium on 50 Years of the Union for Radical Political Economics

ISBN: 978-1-78769-850-5, eISBN: 978-1-78769-849-9

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 7 May 2019

Abstract

While many of the answers that radicals found in Cuba and China were ultimately unsatisfying, Third-World experiments in moral incentives serve as a powerful example of “solidarity in circulation” during the “long 1960s,” and as an important reminder that attempts to keep social science research free of political contamination serve to reify disciplinary norms which are themselves the product of the political culture in which they were formed.

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Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Tiago Mata for inviting me to contribute to this special issue, Michael Kazin and Angus Burgin for reading drafts, Nicholas Baran for providing me with digital copies of the Baran-Sweezy Correspondence, Houghton Library for funding my research into the Paul Marlor Sweezy Papers, Carl Riskin and Howard Wachtel for answering my questions about the RPE trip to China in 1972, and in particular, Thomas Weisskopf both for sharing his notes from the FFDARPE trip and for offering suggestions after reading a draft of the article.

Citation

Feldman, B. (2019), "In Search of the Socialist Subject: Radical Political Economy and the Study of Moral Incentives in the Third World", Including A Symposium on 50 Years of the Union for Radical Political Economics (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 37A), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 65-83. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-41542019000037A006

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