9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN09 Economic Sociology

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Marketization of Life Building AA, AA.228

Forms of Capital in the Making of a Bourgeoisie: A case-study

Abstract
One of the key problems in any account of an emergent bourgeoisie is how it initially becomes enriched, and, thereafter, how it manages to regularly accumulate over and above its consumption needs so that it may divert and use the accumulated surplus in capitalist enterprising. I propose to look at one specific entrepreneurial family over the span of six generations that has been operating in parts of the Eastern Mediterranean as a case in point, to which I will refer to as the ?CK? family for purposes of anonymity. I claim that studying the forms of capital it created and deployed reveals and highlights a particular path towards the elevation into the bourgeoisie, capitalist entrepreneurship and further speciation. I have been able to access through personal ties the particular family, and conduct ethnographic-type research; some document research has also been undertaken.