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The Handbook of Economic Sociology


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Preface vii Acknowledgments xi PART I: GENERAL CONCERNS Chapter 1. Introducing Economic Sociology by Neil J. Smelser and Richard Swedberg 3 Chapter 2. Comparative and Historical Approaches to Economic Sociology by Frank Dobbin 26 Chapter 3. The New Institutionalisms in Economics and Sociology by Victor Nee 49 Chapter 4. Principles of an Economic Anthropology by Pierre Bourdieu 75 Chapter 5. Behavioral Economics by Roberto Weber and Robyn Dawes 90 Chapter 6. Emotions and the Economy by Mabel Berezin 109 PART II: THE ECONOMIC CORE: ECONOMIC SYSTEMS, INSTITUTIONS, AND BEHAVIOR Section A: The Economy in a Macrosociological Perpective Chapter 7. The Economic Sociology of the Ancient Mediterranean World by Ian Morris and J. G. Manning 131 Chapter 8. The Global Economy: Organization, Governance, and Development by Gary Geref 160 Chapter 9. The Political and Economic Sociology of International Economic Arrangements by Neil Fligstein 183 Chapter 10. Post-Communist Economic Systems by Lawrence P. King and Ivan Szelenyi 205 Section B: The Sociology of Economic Institutions and Economic Behavior Chapter 11. Markets in Society by Richard Swedberg 233 Chapter 12. The Sociology of Labor Markets and Trade Unions by Wolfgang Streeck 254 Chapter 13. Banking and Financial Markets by Linda Brewster Stearns and Mark S. Mizruchi 284 Chapter 14. Sociology of Work and Occupations by Andrew Abbott 307 Chapter 15. Culture and Consumption by Viviana Zelizer 331 Chapter 16. The Sociology of Money and Credit by Bruce G. Carruthers 355 Chapter 17. Networks and Economic Life by Laurel Smith-Doerr and Walter W. Powell 379 Chapter 18. The Informal Economy by Alejandro Portes and William Haller 403 Section C: The Sociology of Firms, Organizations, and Industries Chapter 19. Business Groups and Social Organization by Mark Granovetter 429 Chapter 20. Entrepreneurship by Howard E. Aldrich 451 Chapter 21. Firms and Environments by Gerald F. Davis 478 PART III: INTERSECTIONS OF THE ECONOMY Chapter 22. The State and the Economy by Fred Block and Peter Evans 505 Chapter 23. A Sociological Approach to Law and the Economy by Lauren B. Edelman and Robin Stryker 527 Chapter 24. Welfare States and the Economy Evelyne by Huber and John D. Stephens 552 Chapter 25. Education and the Economy by Mary C. Brinton 575 Chapter 26. New Directions in the Study of Religion and Economic Life by Robert Wuthnow 603 Chapter 27. Gender and Economic Sociology by Paula England and Nancy Folbre 627 Chapter 28. The Ethnic Economy by Ivan Light 650 Chapter 29. Technology and the Economy by Giovanni Dosi, Luigi Orsenigo, and Mauro Sylos Labini 678 Chapter 30. The Economy and the Environment by Allan Schnaiberg 703 Contributors 727 Index 729

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Neil J. Smelser was formerly University Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was on faculty from 1958 to 1994, and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (1994-2001). He is the coauthor (with Talcott Parsons) of "Economy and Society" and the author of "The Sociology of Economic Life". Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society at Cornell University. He is the author of "Principles of Economic Sociology" and "Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology" (both Princeton) and the coeditor of "The Economic Sociology of Capitalism".


From review of Princeton's original edition: "This beautifully produced compendium is an invaluable reference work: Its broad compass, indices by author and subject, and copious bibliographic notes alone will keep it within an arm's reach at the desks of social scientists for years to come."--Samuel Bowles, Contemporary Sociology From review of Princeton's original edition: "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 From review of Princeton's original edition: "A unique and invaluable survey of this rapidly developing field of scholarship."--Choice "The 31 articles which make up the Handbook are, without exception, of superb quality, expressing scholarship at its best... The book's range of topics, authoritative articles, and summary of past accomplishments and contemporary research certainly will serve for many years as the crystallizing nucleus of the reincarnated field of economic sociology."--Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics "[O]ne difference between economists and sociologists is in the questions asked. For example, if jobs were relatively homogenous, the economist would ... only be concerned about the total number and the wage level. The sociologist might well be interested in the non-economic explanation of who goes to which job. But ... it is clear that the social aspects can affect outcomes that even the economist is interested in. Anyone wishing to study these important matters will have to start with The Handbook of Economic Sociology."--Times Literary Supplement "[T]here is a great deal of interesting research and theoretical reflection going on under the rubric of economic sociology, and the Handbook is certainly the best available guide to this."--Review of International Political Economy "[This book] confirms the impression that economic sociology is rapidly becoming a powerful force in academic life... It can be strongly recommended for the intrinsic interest of its subject matter and for the individual merit of most of its contributions... Mainstream economists now have some serious competition to face."--Journal of Economic History

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