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Readings in Economic Sociology. Wiley Blackwell Readers in Sociology

  • ID: 2247958
  • Book
  • January 2002
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Sociologists have rightfully claimed economy and economic activity as areas for their legitimate analysis. These articles, over thirty in total, reflect the best and latest thought in the exciting field of economic sociology. Beginning with the foundation of Smith, Marx, Engels, and Polanyi, the volume gathers some of the best writings by economic sociologists that consider national and world economies as both products and influences of society. Readings on economic action, capitalist states, globalizing markets, and the interactions between economy and culture all serve to construct a gripping overview of sociology′s contributions to our understanding of economic life.

Introductory essays that place the readings in a theoretical perspective along with suggestions for further reading make this an ideal resource.

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List of Contributors.



Part I: Foundational Statements.

1. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith).

2. Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy Selections from the Chapter on capital (Karl Max).

3. Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology (Max Weber).

4. The Great Transformation (Karl Polanyi).

Part II: Economic Action.

5. Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness (Mark Granovetter).

6. Making Markets: Opportunism and restraint on Wall Street (Mitchel Y. Abolafia).

7. Auctions: The Social Construction of Value (Charles Smith).

8. the Structural Sources of Adventurism: The Case of the California Gold Rush (Gary G. Hamilton).

9. The Separative Self: Andocentric Bias in Neoclassical Assumptions (Paula England).

Part III: Capitalist States and Globalizing Markets.

10. Weber′s Last Theory of capitalism (Randall Collins).

11. Markets as Politics: A Political–Culture Approach to Market Institutions (Neil Fligstein).

12. Rethinking Capitalism (Fred Block).

13. Developing Difference: Social Organization and the rise of the Auto Industries of South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, and Argentina (Nicole Woolsey Biggart and Mauro F. Guillen).

14. Learning from Collaboration: Knowledge and Networks in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries (Walter W. Powell).

Part IV: Economic Culture and the Culture of the Economy.

15. The Forms of Capital (Pierre Bourdieu).

16. Money, Meaning, and Morality (Bruce G. Carruthers and Wendy Nelson Espeland).

17. The Social Meaning of Money (Viviana A. Zelizer).

18. Opposing Ambitions: Gender and Identity in an Alternative Organization (Sherryl Kleinman).

19. Greening the Economy from the Bottom Up? Lessons in Consumption from the Energy Case (Loren Lutzenhiser).


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Nicole Woolsey Biggart
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