Contested Markets: Lessons from Cannabis Legalization

Submission deadline: 1 March 2018

The last thirty years has witnessed the expansion of markets into new domains and as a mechanism to solve public policy challenges. This expansion has made them increasingly contested objects (Ahrne, Aspers, & Brunsson, 2015; Fourcade & Healy, 2016; Geiger et al, 2014). Indeed, various authors have called into question the taken-for-granted image of the market as a natural order emerging from the “propensity to truck, barter, and exchange” (Smith, 1776). Picking up from where Polanyi, Granovetter, and others left off, this research has shown that markets are contested orders (Çalışkan & Callon, 2010) assembled through material devices (Knorr Cetina & Preda, 2007; Miller & O’Leary, 2007; Pollock & D’Adderio, 2012), performative propositions (Callon, 1999; Muniesa, Millo, & Callon, 2007), social movements (King & Pierce, 2010; Lounsbury et al., 2003; Rao, 2009), and political actions (Fligstein & Dauter, 2007).

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