The New Economic Sociology: A Reader by Frank DobbinThe New Economic Sociology: A Reader by Frank Dobbin

The New Economic Sociology: A Reader

EditorFrank Dobbin

Paperback | July 26, 2004

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Economic sociology is a rapidly expanding field, applying sociology's core insight--that individuals behave according to scripts that are tied to social roles--to economic behavior. It places homo economicus (that tried-and-true fictive actor who is completely rational, acts only out of self-interest, and has perfect information) in context. In this way, it places a construct into a framework that more closely approximates the world in which we live. But, as an academic field, economic sociology has lost focus. The New Economic Sociology remedies this.


The book comprises twenty of the most representative and widely read articles in the field's history--its classics--and organizes them according to four themes at the heart of sociology: institutions, networks, power, and cognition. Dobbin's substantial and engagingly written introduction (including his rich comparison of Yanomamo chest-beaters and Wall Street bond-traders) sets a clear framework for what follows. Gathering force throughout is Dobbin's argument that economic practices emerge through distinctly social processes, in which social networks and power resources play roles in the social construction of certain behaviors as rational or optimal. Not only does Dobbin provide a consummate introduction to the field and its history to students approaching the subject for the first time, but he also establishes a schema for interpreting the field based on an understanding of what economic sociology aims to achieve.

Frank Dobbin is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. His previous book, Forging Industrial Policy: The United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age, won the American Sociological Association's 1996 Max Weber Award.
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Title:The New Economic Sociology: A ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pagesPublished:July 26, 2004Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691049068

ISBN - 13:9780691049069

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
CHAPTER 1
The Sociological View of the Economy
Frank Dobbin 1
INSTITUTIONS
CHAPTER 2
From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber 49
CHAPTER 3
Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony by John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan 86
CHAPTER 4
The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields by Paul J.DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell 111
CHAPTER 5
From Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children by Viviana A. Zelizer 135
CHAPTER 6
The Social Construction of Organizations and Markets: The Comparative Analysis of Business Recipes by Richard Whitley 162
CHAPTER 7
The Declineand Fall of the Conglomerate Firm in the 1980s: The Deinstitutionalization of an Organizational Form by Gerald F. Davis, Kristina A. Diekmann, and Catherine H. Tinsley 188
NETWORKS
CHAPTER 8
From The Division of Labor in Society by Émile Durkheim 227
CHAPTER 9
Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness by Mark Granovetter 245
CHAPTER 10
Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Action by Alejandro Portes and Julia Sensenbrenner 274
CHAPTER 11
A Structural Approach to Markets by Eric M. Leifer and Harrison C. White 302
CHAPTER 12
From Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition by Ronald S. Burt 325
CHAPTER 13
Embeddedness in the Making of Financial Capital: How Social Relations and Networks Benefit Firms Seeking Financing by Brian Uzzi 349
POWER CHAPTER 14
From The German Ideology by Karl Marx 387
CHAPTER 15
From The Transformation of Corporate Control by Neil Fligstein 407
CHAPTER 16
From Socializing Capital: The Rise of the Large Industrial Corporation in America by William G. Roy 433
CHAPTER 17
From City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution by Bruce G. Carruthers 457
COGNITION
CHAPTER 18
From The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life by Émile Durkheim 485
CHAPTER 19
From The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann 496
CHAPTER 20
From Organizations: Cognitive Limits on Rationality by James G. March and Herbert A. Simon 518
CHAPTER 21
From Sensemaking in Organizations by Karl E. Weick 533
INDEX 553

Editorial Reviews

"This anthology will be very useful for students of economic sociology at both the graduate or undergraduate level, and others who simply want an overview of this growing field will find it a valuable addition to their personal library. Dobbin's introduction is a highly intelligent, synthetic essay that both motivates the field and highlights its distinctive contributions."-Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University, coauthor of Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure