Alan Shipman

Alan Shipman is currently involved in the new first-year social sciences module (DD103), which introduces various ways in which the social world can be investigated, interpreted and (perhaps) made better through policy choice. On the side, he recently published ‘Capitalism Without Capital’, which suggests that a key concept used by social scientists (from Karl Marx to Thomas Piketty) hasn’t really been given a consistent definition or workable measurement, and may not be very helpful in understanding the system named after it. But he’s been doing this sort of ‘foundational’ enquiry for several decades now, and luckily it doesn’t stop society (and social science) continuing to work very effectively. He’s now completing a study of 'economic elites', which will probably be equally untroubled by their existence being questioned..