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The Handbook of Economic Sociology : Second Edition - Neil J. Smelser

The Handbook of Economic Sociology

Second Edition

By: Neil J. Smelser (Editor), Richard Swedberg (Editor)

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Published: 7th February 2005
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"The Handbook of Economic Sociology, Second Edition" is the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of economic sociology available. The first edition, copublished in 1994 by Princeton University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation as a synthesis of the burgeoning field of economic sociology, soon established itself as the definitive presentation of the field, and has been widely read, reviewed, and adopted. Since then, the field of economic sociology has continued to grow by leaps and bounds and to move into new theoretical and empirical territory.

The second edition, while being as all-embracing in its coverage as the first edition, represents a wholesale revamping. Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg have kept the main overall framework intact, but nearly two-thirds of the chapters are new or have new authors. As in the first edition, they bring together leading sociologists as well as representatives of other social sciences. But the thirty chapters of this volume incorporate many substantial thematic changes and new lines of research--for example, more focus on international and global concerns, chapters on institutional analysis, the transition from socialist economies, organization and networks, and the economic sociology of the ancient world. "The Handbook of Economic Sociology, Second Edition" is the definitive resource on what continues to be one of the leading edges of sociology and one of its most important interdisciplinary adventures. It is a must read for all faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates doing work in the field.A thoroughly revised and updated version of the most comprehensive treatment of economic sociology available Almost two-thirds of the chapters are new or have new authors Authors include leading sociologists as well as representatives of other social sciences Substantial thematic changes and new lines of research, including more focus on international and global concerns, institutional analysis, the transition from socialist economies, and organization and networks The definitive resource on what continues to be one of the leading edges of sociology and one of its most important interdisciplinary adventures A must read for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates doing work in the field

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

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
General Concerns
Introducing Economic Sociologyp. 3
Comparative and Historical Approaches to Economic Sociologyp. 26
The New Institutionalisms in Economics and Sociologyp. 49
Principles of an Economic Anthropologyp. 75
Behavioral Economicsp. 90
Emotions and the Economyp. 109
The Economic Core: Economic Systems, Institutions, and Behavior
The Economy in a Macrosociological Perpective
The Economic Sociology of the Ancient Mediterranean Worldp. 131
The Global Economy: Organization, Governance, and Developmentp. 160
The Political and Economic Sociology of International Economic Arrangementsp. 183
Post-Communist Economic Systemsp. 205
The Sociology of Economic Institutions and Economic Behavior
Markets in Societyp. 233
The Sociology of Labor Markets and Trade Unionsp. 254
Banking and Financial Marketsp. 284
Sociology of Work and Occupationsp. 307
Culture and Consumptionp. 331
The Sociology of Money and Creditp. 355
Networks and Economic LifeLaurel Smith-DoerrSmith-Doerr, LaurelWalter W. PowellPowell, Walter W.
The Informal Economyp. 403
The Sociology of Firms, Organizations, and Industries
Business Groups and Social Organizationp. 429
Entrepreneurshipp. 451
Firms and Environmentsp. 478
Intersections of the Economy
The State and the Economyp. 505
A Sociological Approach to Law and the Economyp. 527
Welfare States and the Economy Evelynep. 552
Education and the Economyp. 575
New Directions in the Study of Religion and Economic Lifep. 603
Gender and Economic Sociologyp. 627
The Ethnic Economyp. 650
Technology and the Economyp. 678
The Economy and the Environmentp. 703
Contributorsp. 727
Indexp. 729
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ISBN: 9780691121260
ISBN-10: 0691121265
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 7th February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 19.0  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 1.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised