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Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy

Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy

by Viviana A. Zelizer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691139369

ISBN-13: 9780691139364

Pub. Date: 09/27/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Over the past three decades, economic sociology has been revealing how culture shapes economic life even while economic facts affect social relationships. This work has transformed the field into a flourishing and increasingly influential discipline. No one has played a greater role in this development than Viviana Zelizer, one of the world's leading sociologists.

Overview

Over the past three decades, economic sociology has been revealing how culture shapes economic life even while economic facts affect social relationships. This work has transformed the field into a flourishing and increasingly influential discipline. No one has played a greater role in this development than Viviana Zelizer, one of the world's leading sociologists. Economic Lives synthesizes and extends her most important work to date, demonstrating the full breadth and range of her field-defining contributions in a single volume for the first time. Economic Lives shows how shared cultural understandings and interpersonal relations shape everyday economic activities. Far from being simple responses to narrow individual incentives and preferences, economic actions emerge, persist, and are transformed by our relations to others. Distilling three decades of research, the book offers a distinctive vision of economic activity that brings out the hidden meanings and social actions behind the supposedly impersonal worlds of production, consumption, and asset transfer. Economic Lives ranges broadly from life insurance marketing, corporate ethics, household budgets, and migrant remittances to caring labor, workplace romance, baby markets, and payments for sex. These examples demonstrate an alternative approach to explaining how we manage economic activity--as well as a different way of understanding why conventional economic theory has proved incapable of predicting or responding to recent economic crises. Providing an important perspective on the recent past and possible futures of a growing field, Economic Lives promises to be widely read and discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691139364
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: The Lives behind Economic Lives 1

Part one: Valuation of Human Lives

Introduction 13

Chapter 1: Human Values and the Market: The Case of Life Insurance and Death in Nineteenth-Century America 19

Chapter 2: The Price and Value of Children: The Case of Children's Insurance in the United States 40

Chapter 3: From Baby Farms to Baby M 61

Chapter 4: The Priceless Child Revisited 72

Part Two: The Social Meaning of Money Introduction 89

Chapter 5: The Social Meaning of Money: "Special Monies" 93

Chapter 6: Fine Tuning the Zelizer View 128

Chapter 7: Payments and Social Ties 136

Chapter 8: Money, Power, and Sex 150

Part Three: Intimate Economies

Introduction 165

Chapter 9: Do Markets Poison Intimacy? 171

Chapter 10: The Purchase of Intimacy 181

Chapter 11: Kids and Commerce 213

Chapter 12: Intimacy in Economic Organizations 237

Part Four: The Economy of Care

Introduction 269

Chapter 13: Caring Everywhere 275

Chapter 14: Risky Exchanges 288

Part Five: Circuits of Commerce

Introduction 303

Chapter 15: Circuits within Capitalism 311

Chapter 16: Circuits in Economic Life 344

Part Six: Appraising Ec onomic Lives: Critiques and Syntheses

Introduction 355

Chapter 17: Beyond the Polemics on the Market: Establishing a Theoretical and Empirical Agenda 363

Chapter 18: Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology 383

Chapter 19: Culture and Consumption 398

Chapter 20: Ethics in the Economy 440

Published Works of Viviana A. Zelizer on Economic Sociology 459

Index 465

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