Principles of Economic Sociology / Edition 1

Principles of Economic Sociology / Edition 1

by Richard Swedberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691130590

ISBN-13: 9780691130590

Pub. Date: 03/26/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The last fifteen years have witnessed an explosion in the popularity, creativity, and productiveness of economic sociology, an approach that traces its roots back to Max Weber. This important new text offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of economic sociology. It also advances the field theoretically by highlighting, in one analysis, the crucial economic

Overview

The last fifteen years have witnessed an explosion in the popularity, creativity, and productiveness of economic sociology, an approach that traces its roots back to Max Weber. This important new text offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of economic sociology. It also advances the field theoretically by highlighting, in one analysis, the crucial economic roles of both interests and social relations.

Richard Swedberg describes the field's critical insights into economic life, giving particular attention to the effects of culture on economic phenomena and the ways that economic actions are embedded in social structures. He examines the full range of economic institutions and explicates the relationship of the economy to politics, law, culture, and gender. Swedberg notes that sociologists too often fail to properly emphasize the role that self-interested behavior plays in economic decisions, while economists frequently underestimate the importance of social relations. Thus, he argues that the next major task for economic sociology is to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of how interests and social relations work in combination to affect economic action. Written by an author whose name is synonymous with economic sociology, this text constitutes a sorely needed advanced synthesis—and a blueprint for the future of this burgeoning field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130590
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix
Preface xi
Chapter I. The Classics in Economic Sociology 1
Chapter II. Contemporary Economic Sociology 32
Chapter III. Economic Organization 53
Chapter IV. Firms 74
Chapter V. Economic and Sociological Approaches to Markets 104
Chapter VI. Markets in History 131
Chapter VII. Politics and the Economy 158
Chapter VIII. Law and the Economy 189
Chapter IX. Culture and Economic Development 218
Chapter X. Culture, Trust, and Consumption 241
Chapter XI. Gender and the Economy 259
Chapter XII. The Cat’s Dilemma and Other Questions for Economic Sociologists 283
References 305
Index 357

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