Chapter 20: Morality
Restricted access

This chapter considers work addressing how economic systems are shaped by the moral order and the definition of the good found in each society, and hence how morality and economy are related. Departing from an understanding of morality as a social product, its relationship with the economy is addressed in terms of how the purpose of an economy is defined, how economic actors are conceptualised and how exchange is regulated. Then, the moral dimension of all economies is identified, moving beyond rigid dichotomies between market and non-market systems, gifts and commodities, monetary and non-monetary transactions. Finally, the extent to which the moral-economy notion may help illuminate the relationship between economy and morality in each society is evaluated. It is concluded that a multiple and relational approach to moral economies may be useful to analyse the conflicts that emerge from the imposition of market logics on other forms of economic organisation.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Other access options

Redeem Token

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institutional Access

Personal login

Log in with your Elgar Online account

Login with you Elgar account