Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure / Edition 2

Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure / Edition 2

by Bruce G. Carruthers, Sarah Louise Babb
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412994969

ISBN-13: 9781412994965

Pub. Date: 05/31/2012

Publisher: SAGE Publications

In this long-awaited second edition of Economy/Society Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure, authors Carruthers and Babb continue to offer an accessible introduction to the way social arrangements affect economic activity, and shows that economic exchanges are deeply embedded in social relationships. Understanding how society shapes the economy helps us answer

Overview

In this long-awaited second edition of Economy/Society Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure, authors Carruthers and Babb continue to offer an accessible introduction to the way social arrangements affect economic activity, and shows that economic exchanges are deeply embedded in social relationships. Understanding how society shapes the economy helps us answer many important questions. For example, how does advertising get people to buy things? How do people use their social connections to get jobs? How did large bureaucratic organizations come to be so pervasive in modern economies—and what difference does it make? How can we explain the persistence of economic inequalities between men and women and across racial groups? Why do some countries become rich while others stay poor? This book presents sociological answers to questions like these, and encourages its readers to view the economy through a sociological lens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412994965
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/31/2012
Series:
Sociology for a New Century Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
730,250
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Embeddedness of Markets
Markets and Their Alternatives
Markets and Their Preconditions
The Embeddedness of Markets
The Consequences of Markets
The Variety of Capitalisms
Globalization
Outline of the Book
Chapter 2: Marketing and the Meaning of Things
Things and Meaning
Commodities as Gifts
Consumerism
Consumers and Debt
Advertising
Diversity and Consumerism
Consumerism and Globalization
Conclusion
Chapter 3: Organizations and the Economy
The Power of the Boss
Organizations around the Globe
Organizations and Internal Labor Markets
The Organizational Context for Conflict
Workplace and Personal Life
The Formation of an Organizational Economy
Conclusion
Chapter 4: Networks in the Economy
What Is a Network?
Why Networks Matter
Individual Networks
The Importance of Networks in Markets
Conclusion
Chapter 5: Banking and Finance
What Does a Financial System Do?
Finance and Development
Regulation and Deregulation
Disintermediation
Innovation and Status
Household Finance
Globalization and Finance
Conclusion
Chapter 6: Economic Inequality
Inequality in Perspective
Inequality and Efficiency
Explaining Recent Trends in Income Inequality
Globalization
Race, Gender, and Inequality
Gender in the Labor Market
Race in the Labor Market
Race, Mortgage Discrimination, and Wealth Inequality
Race, Gender, and Price
Conclusion
Chapter 7: Economic Development
Economic Development Defined
From The Wealth of Nations to the Washington Consensus
Sociological Perspectives on Development
Conclusion
Chapter 8: Conclusion

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