The Sociology of Economic Life by Mark GranovetterThe Sociology of Economic Life by Mark Granovetter

The Sociology of Economic Life

byMark Granovetter, Richard Swedberg

Paperback | January 11, 2011

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In recent years, sociologists have taken up a fruitful examination of institutions such as capital, labor, and product markets; industrial organization; and stock exchanges. Compared to earlier traditions of economic sociology, recent work shows more interest in phenomena usually studied exclusively by economists while it challenges the adequacy of the neoclassical model.

In The Sociology of Economic Life, editors Mark Granovetter and Richard Swedberg incorporate classic and contemporary readings in economic sociology and related disciplines to provide students with a broad understanding of the many dimensions of economic life. A thorough and accessible introduction by the editors traces the history of thought in the field and assesses recent advances and future trends. The third edition is substantially revised and updated with eight new chapters, including original contributions from some of the field's leading scholars that explain cutting-edge research and present the essential scholarship in the field.

Mark Granovetteris professor of sociology at Stanford University.Richard Swedbergis professor of sociology at Cornell University.
Title:The Sociology of Economic LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:594 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 11, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Charts
Introduction to the Third Edition

Richard Swedberg and Mark Granovetter

PART ONE: Foundations of Economic Sociology

1 Karl Polanyi
The Economy as Instituted Process

2 Mark Granovetter
Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness

3 Mark Granovetter
The Impact of Social Structure on Economic Outcomes

4 Richard Swedberg
Max Weber’s Central Text in Economic Sociology

5 Pierre Bourdieu
The Forms of Capital

6 Alejandro Portes and Julia Sensenbrenner
Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Action

PART TWO: The Sociology of Markets

7 Clifford Geertz
The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing

8 Viviana A. Zelizer
Human Values and the Market: The Case of Life Insurance and Death in 19th-Century America

9 Sarah Quinn
The Transformation of Morals in Markets: Death, Benefits, and the Exchange of Life Insurance Policies

10 William P. Bridges and Robert L. Nelson
Economic and Sociological Approaches to Gender Inequality in Pay

11 Stewart Macaulay
Non-Contractual Relations in Business: A Preliminary Study

12 Brian Uzzi
Social Structure and Competition in Interfirm Networks: The Paradox of Embeddedness

13 Bruce G. Carruthers
What Is Sociological About Banks and Banking?

14 Donald MacKenzie and Yuval Millo
Constructing a Market, Performing a Theory: The Historical Sociology of a Financial Derivatives Exchange

PART THREE: The Sociology of Firms and Industries

15 George Strauss
Group Dynamics and Intergroup Relations

16 Melville Dalton
Men Who Manage

17 Arthur L. Stinchcombe
Bureaucratic and Craft Administration of Production: A Comparative Study

18 Paul M. Hirsch
Processing Fads and Fashions: An Organization-Set Analysis of Cultural Industry Systems

19 AnnaLee Saxenian
Inside-Out: Regional Networks and Industrial Adaptation in Silicon Valley and Route 128

PART FOUR: Comparative and Historical Economic Sociology

20 Randall Collins
Weber’s Last Theory of Capitalism: A Systematization

21 Frank Dobbin
Why the Economy Reflects the Polity: Early Rail Policy in Britain, France, and the United States

22 Wolfgang Streeck
E Pluribus Unum? Varieties and Commonalities of Capitalism

23 Ronald Dore
Goodwill and the Spirit of Market Capitalism

24 Nicole Woolsey Biggart and Mauro F. Guillén
Developing Difference: Social Organization and the Rise of the Auto Industries of South Korea,
Taiwan, Spain, and Argentina

25 Andrew G. Walder
Transitions from State Socialism: A Property Rights Perspective

Editorial Reviews

“Granovetter and Swedberg have done it again. In addition to the timeless classics, this new edition includes several important recent works as well as an expanded introduction. The Sociology of Economic Life will continue to be an ideal teaching tool for both undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as a valuable reference for scholars.”—Mark S. Mizruchi, University of MichiganPraise for Previous Editions: “If I could select only one book to introduce students and scholars to the exciting field of economic sociology, it would be The Sociology of Economic Life. Granovetter and Swedberg have done an outstanding job of covering all the bases… Within one compact book, the reader finds an astute introductory essay, timeless classics, contemporary masterworks, and what's currently cutting edge.”—Linda Brewster Stearns, University of California, Riverside“The editors' superb brief introduction to this edition will orient the reader, and their expert literature addendum to each chapter will fortify the reader to join the rapidly moving fronts of economic sociology, for which Swedberg is perhaps the leading observer and Granovetter the leading essayist. This book reaches the beginning student as easily as a specialist.”—Harrison White, Giddings Professor of Sociology, Columbia University