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The Handbook of Economic Sociology
     

The Handbook of Economic Sociology

by Neil J. Smelser (Editor), Richard Swedberg (Editor)
 

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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

Overview

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.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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691044859
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date:
07/03/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
848
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.98(h) x 1.69(d)

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This is a bold, ambitious, almost daunting project. . . . It will surely become the standard reference book for the field--the sort of text every scholar will have to know, consult, and cite.

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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