His career includes a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2001 at St Hugh's College, Oxford, a position in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, where he was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Cultural Theory Institute (September 2003). From 2004-2007 he acted as Media and Public Relations Officer at the
Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth, during which he was Book Reviews Editor for Critique of Anthropology (2004-2006). In 2009 he became the Dean at Spain's School for Industrial Organisation in Madrid (2009). As of June 2009 he has been the Senior Scientist at Spain's National Research Council (CSIC).
His books are "Culture and Well-Being: Anthropological Approaches to Freedom and Political Ethics" (2008) and "Anthropology of Organisations" (2007). Other publications include:
2010. 'The political proportions of public knowledge.' Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 3: 1, pp. 69-84.
2009. 'Managing the social/knowledge equation.' Cambridge Anthropology. Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 66-90. Special issue in honour of Marilyn Strathern, eds. Ashley Lebner and Sabine A. Deiringer.
2005. ‘Changing scales and the scales of change: ethnography and political economy in Antofagasta, Chile.’ Critique of Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 155-174
To see a complete list of Alberto's publications, please visit his publications page.
You may recall Hannah Arendt's famous argument about the rise of the social in the 18th century: the household (oikonomia) moving into the realm of the polis. Hence the emergence of political economy: the household gone public. My argument in the book, briefly put, is that we may well be witnessing today the rise of a new sociological paradigm: the public philosophy of the public, which I re-describe as an anthropology of political ethics. Following Arendt's sketch, what I suggest is taking place is the 'ethicalisation' of political economy: the move of the political household to the domain of the ethical. This is a very peculiar 'ethics', however. When econometricians speak of global public goods, or management gurus speak of public value in civil service administration, or development economists speak of participatory empowerment, or business designers speak of 'user-led innovation', the notion of public value that is mobilized in each is rather odd. Parlance of the public (and in some contexts, even of the commons) has neutralized old-fashioned political economy analyses.
Just a temporizing note, Stacy. I need not have worried that my attempt to extend the range of the discussion might backfire, since once again Alberto has replied generously and constructively. I am tied up today, but will get back in tomorrow. In the meantime, I am hoping for wider participation in the discussion.