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Principles of Economic Sociology
Richard Swedberg

Paperback | 2007 | $42.00 / £28.95 | ISBN: 9780691130590
384 pp. | 6 x 9 | 19 halftones. 11 line illus. 9 tables.
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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.

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"Principles of Economy Sociology is an ambitious book. Swedberg sets out to provide a thorough survey of the field. This includes addressing the foundations, framework of analyses and topics of study of economic sociology. . . . [It] is a showcase for Swedberg's erudite and eclectic thinking. . . . First, [Swedberg] provides a comprehensive overview of the field of economic sociology readable by the expert and the novice alike. Second, his knowledge of economic and sociological theory, as they apply to the field of economic sociology, is sweeping and offers a foundation for interdisciplinary discourse. Third, Swedberg takes us outside American Sociological enthnocentrism and introduces us to the works of Europe's major economists and sociologists. . . . Fourth, in his attempt to be all encompassing, he promotes a theoretical and methodological pluralism worthy of applause."--Linda Brewster Stearns, Contemporary Sociology

Endorsement:

"Ambitious, erudite, and compelling, this is the first book to encompass systematically the fundamentals of economic sociology. It offers a uniquely readable and learned overview, while also setting an agenda for the field."--Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University

"Swedberg is a veritable encyclopedia in the fields of economics and economic sociology, and he brings his wide knowledge of both fields to bear in this book. The result is a comprehensive textbook that is a 'must-read' for scholars, and is still accessible and lively enough to be the perfect introduction for juniors, seniors, and graduate students."--Frank Dobbin, Princeton University

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

This book has been translated into:

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  • Chinese (Complex)
  • Croatian
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • German

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