Principles of Economic Sociology
By (author) Richard Swedberg
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Principles of Economic Sociology by Richard Swedberg
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691130590
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 26-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Swedberg
Sociology of Economic Life, Paperback (February 2011)
Classic and contemporary readings in economic sociology, including several original contributions from leading scholars, providing students with a broad understanding of the dimensions of economic life
Tocqueville's Political Economy, Hardback (February 2009)» View all books by Richard Swedberg
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) has long been recognized as a major political and social thinker as well as historian, but his writings also contain a wealth of little-known insights into economic life and its connection to the rest of society. This title shows that Tocqueville had a highly original and suggestive approach to economics.
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Author Biography - Richard Swedberg
Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University, where he co-directs its Center for the Study of Economy and Society. He is the author of "Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology" (Princeton) as well as co-editor of "The Handbook of Economic Sociology" (both Princeton).
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