The Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life is a research group concentrated on the study of cultural, social, and political dimensions of contemporary economies. It is a joint project of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG). The group was established in Warsaw in April 2017.
The first research area, Linking Ecologies and Digital Platforms, theorizes structures that connect dispersed social actors and shape large-scale dynamics of globalization, financialization, and mediatization. The rise of digital platforms such as Uber or Airbnb increasingly transforms these structures, rearranges wealth and power beyond the regulations of nation states and affords agency to often deliberately opaque algorithmic devices.
The second research area, Moral Economies and Contested Futures, explores the cultures of aspirations and expectations in different domains of economic life, focusing on public and private moralities of money, finance, and wealth. Drawing on ethnographic approaches to everyday calculations and transactions in family householding contexts, this research reveals the enduring significance of intimacy, kinship, and intergenerational obligations for contemporary capitalist dynamics.