The Handbook of Economic Sociology

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During recent years social scientists have come to reaffirm that understanding almost any facet of social life requires a simultaneous understanding of how economic institutions work and how they are influenced by values and norms. Sociology, and especially economic sociology, is well equipped to be of assistance in this endeavor. Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg bring together leading sociologists, economists, and political scientists in The Handbook of Economic Sociology, the...

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During recent years social scientists have come to reaffirm that understanding almost any facet of social life requires a simultaneous understanding of how economic institutions work and how they are influenced by values and norms. Sociology, and especially economic sociology, is well equipped to be of assistance in this endeavor. Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg bring together leading sociologists, economists, and political scientists in The Handbook of Economic Sociology, the first comprehensive view of this vital and growing field.

Originally published in 1995.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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"This excellent volume is a compilation of some of the best writing in this field over the past decade, including basic works like Oliver Williamson's transaction cost theory of the firm, and [is] a helpful comparison of economic sociology to mainstream economics"—Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs

"A unique and invaluable survey of this rapidly developing field of scholarship."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691034485
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • Publication date: 7/25/1994
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 8.09 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 2.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil J. Smelser, formerly University Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, is Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford. Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology at the University of Stockholm and is the author of "Schumpeter: A Biography" (Princeton).

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing economic sociology 3
2 Comparative and historical approaches to economic sociology 26
3 The new institutionalisms in economics and sociology 49
4 Principles of an economic anthropology 75
5 Behavioral economics 90
6 Emotions and the economy 109
7 The economic sociology of the Ancient Mediterranean world 131
8 The global economy : organization, governance, and development 160
9 The political and economic sociology of international economic arrangements 183
10 Post-communist economic systems 205
11 Markets in society 233
12 The sociology of labor markets and trade unions 254
13 Banking and financial markets 284
14 Sociology of work and occupations 307
15 Culture and consumption 331
16 The sociology of money and credit 355
17 Networks and economic life 379
18 The informal economy 403
19 Business groups and social organization 429
20 Entrepreneurship 451
21 Firms and environments 478
22 The state and the economy 505
23 A sociological approach to law and the economy 527
24 Welfare states and the economy 552
25 Education and the economy 575
26 New directions in the study of religion and economic life 603
27 Gender and economic sociology 627
28 The ethnic economy 650
29 Technology and economy 678
30 The economy and the environment 703
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First Chapter

Chapter One
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