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Exchange, Action, and Social Structure: Elements of Economic Sociology

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This unique volume provides a new interpretation and synthesis of network exchange theory in an effort to contribute to a neo-Weberian economic sociology. Arguing against commonly held assumptions about network exchange theory and its interpretation of all social actions as economic exchanges, Zafirovski seeks to explain these processes by employing an interdisciplinary approach and by examining the impact of social and institutional structures on market-economic exchange. The author argues that economic ...

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Overview

This unique volume provides a new interpretation and synthesis of network exchange theory in an effort to contribute to a neo-Weberian economic sociology. Arguing against commonly held assumptions about network exchange theory and its interpretation of all social actions as economic exchanges, Zafirovski seeks to explain these processes by employing an interdisciplinary approach and by examining the impact of social and institutional structures on market-economic exchange. The author argues that economic structure, processes, and actions are the outcomes of social action and institutions, not the other way around.

This rehabilitation of economic sociology begins with a reconsideration of the character, scope, and development of the field. The author then grounds his sociological approach to economic exchange in social action and structure before examining the role of social motivations in economic exchange. He then examines the political structuration, the cultural constitution, and the social construction of economic exchange and exchange cycles. The book concludes with a discussion of the character and variation of economic exchange in comparative social systems and the relationships of exchange, economic development, and social variables. This unique and persuasive book is an important contribution to the study of economic sociology and sociological theory.

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Zafirovski (sociology, U. of North Texas) uses a neo-Weberian approach to explore "the sociological categories of economic action in light of the presence and salience of social influences in the economy." The author sees this approach as a useful alternative to the current exchange theory in rational choice sociology within the parameters of social structuration or construction of market-economic exchange. The work is intended to demonstrate the sociologics of the economy through a detailed examination of all its elements, including political, cultural and institutional; in the process, Zafirovski critiques a substantial portion of the literature related to his topic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313318399
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2001
  • Series: Controversies in Science Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

MILAN ZAFIROVSKI is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 An Overview of Economic Sociology 1
2 Applying a Sociological Approach to Economic Exchange 27
3 Economic Exchange and Socially Formed Motivations 51
4 The Political Structuration of Economic Exchange 75
5 The Cultural Constitution of Economic Exchange 113
6 The Institutional Organization of Labor Markets (Income Distribution) 137
7 The Social Construction of Exchange (Business) Cycles 163
8 Economic Exchange in Comparative Social Systems 187
9 Exchange, Economic Development, and Social Variables 213
Conclusion 243
Bibliography 249
Index 277
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