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Laws of the Markets. Sociological Review Monographs

  • ID: 2250829
  • Book
  • August 1998
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
With the collapse of the planned economies of Eastern Europe, the market is extending its reach and at the same time claiming its universal applicability. But this is occurring while paradoxically it is becoming more difficult to define "the market". The authors, all outstanding scholars in the booming field of socio–economics, explore how concrete markets are built up and stabilized. They give answers to questions such as the following: How are entities, material or non material, human or non human, transformed into commodities? How are economic behaviours shaped by institutional arrangements? Is it possible to characterize the role of the social sciences and in particular of economics in performing markets and in enforcing rational behaviours?
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1. On the Role of Accounting in the Structuring of Economic Behaviours: Peter Miller (The London School of Economics and Political Science).

2. Title not yet available: Michel Callon: (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Paris).

3. Does the State make the Market or the Market, the State? The Cosmologies of Railroad Kings in the United States and France: Frank Dobbin (Princeton University, USA).

4. The Proliferation of Social Currencies: V. Zelizer (Princeton University, USA).

5. Markets as Institutions: An Ethnographic Approach: Mitchel Abolafia (State University of New York).

6. The Contribution of Social Sciences to the Construction of Markets: The Case of Marketing: Frank Cochoy (Uiversiti de Toulouse).

7. Karl Polanyi Revisited: On the Great Transformation: Bruno Latour (Ecole des mines de Paris).

8. On the Constructions of Boundaries between the State and the Market: John Law (Keele University, UK).

9. The Politics of Industrial Policy and the Non–Market Governance Structure: The Case of Japan: Bai Gao (Duke University, USA).

10. How Economists Contribute to the Construction of Markets: The Case of the Cement Industry: Hervi Dumez and A. Jeunemaitre (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris).

11. Shifting Boundaries and Social Construction in the Early Electricity Industry 1876–1910: Mark Granovetter (Stanford University, USA).

12. Recombinant Property in Eastern European Capitalism: David Stark (Cornell University, USA).

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Michel Callon
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