This book systematically reconstructs the origins and new advances in economic sociology. By presenting both classical and contemporary theory and research, this book identifies and describes the continuity between past and present, and the move from economics to economic sociology. Economic Sociology begins with the classic writings by Simmel, Sombart, Weber, Durkheim, Veblen, Polanyi, and Schempeter, and highlights how these writings contributed to developing a theory of economic action as socially oriented action. The book then examines the social consequences of capitalism up to the present, including discussions about modernization and the welfare state. The volume is an historical introduction that illustrates how economic sociology has contributed to the understanding of the origins and characteristics of capitalism in the West, liberal capitalism, and the more highly regulated and organized capitalism which has come into being since the thirties. Economic Sociology presents the methodology and research themes accessibly, and each part is organized and presented so that it may be read as a single unit, according to students' specific needs.
This is an excellent introduction to the field.
"Carlo Trigilia's book marks a major milestone in the development of economic sociology. For the first time, we have a theoretically sophisticated and lucid account of the field's evolution from 1890 to the present. Trigilia is masterful in demonstrating the theoretical and methodological continuities from Weber, Sombart, Durkheim, Polanyi, and others to the new economic sociology of the past two decades. This is a must read not only for economic sociologists but for everyone who wants to understand the history of social theory."
?Fred Block, University of California at Davis
"With Trigilia's book, sociology has finally returned to its original territory, after it seemed to have lost it forever to economics. With impressive erudition, the author moves from the classics to the modern debate on varieties of capitalism."
?Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Introduction: What is Economic Sociology?.
Part I: The Classics and the Sociology of Capitalism:.
1. From Classical Economics to Economic Sociology.
2. The Origins and Developments of Capitalism: Simmel and Sombart.
3. Capitalism and the Western Civilization: Max Weber.
4. The Social Consequences of Capitalism: Durkheim and Veblen.
5. The Great Depression and the Decline of Liberal Capitalism: Polanyi and Schumpeter.
Part II: Themes and Routes of Contemporary Economic Sociology:.
6. The Legacy of the Classics and the New Boundaries between Economics and Sociology.
7. Modernization and Development of Backward Areas.
8. The Keynesian Welfare State and Comparative Political Economy.
9. The Crisis of Fordism and New Economic Sociology.
10. Globalization and the Diversity of Capitalisms.