Framing Marketocracy's Dynamics: Moral Inversion, Double Dehumanization, and the Pecking Order

Thomas E. Reed, Eastern Kentucky University
Lisa Conley, Eastern Kentucky University
Gregory Burnett, Eastern Kentucky University

As the second in a planned series, this paper continues efforts to frame the dominant forces that shape transnational corporate, state, and state-corporate crime. The first paper developed a conceptual framework that combines Thomas Kuhn's epistemological concepts, problem exemplars and exemplary problem solutions, and Kurt Lewin's behavioral formula, B =f(PE). The central force identified as contributing to transnational crime was a new concept conceived by Martha Ture, marketocracy, i.e., the supremacy of market values and rules that overshadow the power of nation states and existing international law. Guided by this framework, the present paper builds upon existing literature and describes three additional forces that characterize marketocracy: moral inversion, double dehumanization, and the pecking order.

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