'This is a bold and engaging book that demonstrates the uneven progress of commodification across the so-called developed and developing worlds. A Commodified World? rejects the linear narrative of ever-deeper capitalist penetration, inviting readers to imagine and strive towards a future in which work is no longer defined in purely monetary terms.'
Peter Jackson, professor of human geography, University of Sheffield
'In this impressive new book, Colin Williams makes a beautifully argued case against the narrative (dare we say logic?) of increasing commodification. He also inspires us to unleash our economic imaginations and embrace the possibility of creating "plural," "fully engaged" economies.'
J.K. Gibson-Graham, author(s) of The End of Capitalism (as we knew it)
'In this book, Colin Williams seeks to puncture the taken-for-granted assumption that capitalism and its associated practices have successfully colonised every vestige of modern life. Drawing on evidence from the everyday lives of individuals and households in Britain and beyond, Williams reveals the persistence of a wide range of non-commercial and non-commodified practices that account for a large proportion of both working time and "output". In other words, capitalism has a much weaker purchase on everyday life than is too commonly assumed.'
Andrew Leyshon, professor of economic geography, University of Nottingham
'A remarkable book that should be read by anyone interested in bringing our notions about modern capitalism in line with data and events.'
Enrico A. Marcelli, Harvard University