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From the Publisher“Nico Stehr has written the most interesting book on the sociology of markets in recent times, one that deserves a wide audience across the humanities and social sciences. To those for whom society is a defunct idea, Stehr counters with an account of consumers in affluent societies as capable of bending the market to their collective will in ways that enable them to exercise the sort of power that in the past would have been treated as ‘political.’ The book provides us with everything we need to decide whether this is a good or bad development. In any case, Stehr has succeeded in restoring a sociologically robust conception of the market.”
“Moral Markets constitutes a very innovative approach in the analysis of markets as sociocultural practices emphasizing their embedment in different historical and social contexts, strongly emphasizing the specific moral dimensions of markets in the contemporary scene, especially in relation to the expansion of knowledge, problems of biotechnologies, and environment. It also constitutes a very challenging and important addition to the analysis of the contemporary scene and is highly recommended for sociologists, politicians, economists, and philosophers.”
"... a charmingly provocative analysis of the concept of the moralized market".