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The New Economic Sociology : A Reader - Frank Dobbin

The New Economic Sociology

A Reader

By: Frank Dobbin (Editor)

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Published: 26th July 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.

"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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Sociological View of the Economyp. 1
Institutions
From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalismp. 49
Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremonyp. 86
The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fieldsp. 111
From Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Childrenp. 135
The Social Construction of Organizations and Markets: The Comparative Analysis of Business Recipesp. 162
The Decline and Fall of the Conglomerate Firm in the 1980s: The Deinstitutionalization of an Organizational Formp. 188
Networks
From The Division of Labor in Societyp. 227
Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddednessp. 245
Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Actionp. 274
A Structural Approach to Marketsp. 302
From Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competitionp. 325
Embeddedness in the Making of Financial Capital: How Social Relations and Networks Benefit Firms Seeking Financingp. 349
Power
From The German Ideologyp. 387
From The Transformation of Corporate Controlp. 407
From Socializing Capital: The Rise of the Large Industrial Corporation in Americap. 433
From City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolutionp. 457
Cognition
From The Elementary Forms of the Religious Lifep. 485
From The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledgep. 496
From Organizations: Cognitive Limits on Rationalityp. 518
From Sensemaking in Organizationsp. 533
Indexp. 553
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ISBN: 9780691049069
ISBN-10: 0691049068
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.85