International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology

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The International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology is the first encyclopedia in the field and a timely response to the surge of interest in economic sociology over the last 30 years.

Economic Sociology deals with the multiple and complex relations between economy and society. In particular, it focuses on the impact of social, political and cultural factors on economic behaviour. The Encyclopedia gives comprehensive and accessible coverage of the wide range of areas and subjects covered by the field, including, amongst many others, such major topics as consumption, corruption, democracy and economy, ecology, embeddedness, gender and economy, globalization, industrial relations, law and economy, markets, organization theory, political economy, religion and economic life, social capital, the sociology of money, state and economy, trust, and work.

The International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology is the much-needed major reference work on one of the richest areas of development in the social sciences in recent years. It is an extremely valuable new resource for students and researchers in sociology, economics, political science, and business, organization and management studies.

Entries are cross-referenced and carry compact bibliographies. There is a full index.

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About the author

Jens Beckert is a director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His books include "Beyond the Market: The Social Foundation of Economic Sociology" (Princeton).

MILAN ZAFIROVSKI is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas in Denton. His research interests include economic sociology, social theory, and social inequality. He serves on the Editorial Board of the "American Journal of Economics and Sociology" and is the author of "Exchange, Action, and Social Structure: Elements of Economic Sociology" (Greenwood Press, 2001).

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Feb 1, 2013
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Pages
800
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ISBN
9781136777776
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / General
Reference / Encyclopedias
Social Science / Sociology / General
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Jens Beckert
Beyond the Market launches a sociological investigation into economic efficiency. Prevailing economic theory, which explains efficiency using formalized rational choice models, often simplifies human behavior to the point of distortion. Jens Beckert finds such theory to be particularly weak in explaining such crucial forms of economic behavior as cooperation, innovation, and action under conditions of uncertainty--phenomena he identifies as the proper starting point for a sociology of economic action.

Beckert levels an enlightened critique at neoclassical economics, arguing that understanding efficiency requires looking well beyond the market to the social, cultural, political, and cognitive factors that influence the coordination of economic action. Beckert searches social theory for the components of an alternative theory of action, one that accounts for the social embedding of economic behavior. In Durkheim and Parsons he finds especially useful approaches to cooperation; in Luhmann, a way to understand how people act under highly contingent conditions; and in Giddens, an understanding of creative action and innovation. Together, these provide building blocks for a research program that will yield a theoretically sophisticated understanding of how economic processes are coordinated and the ways that markets are embedded in social, cultural, and cognitive structures.

Containing one of the most fully informed critiques of the neoclassical analysis of economic efficiency--as well as one of the most thoughtful blueprints for economic sociology--this book reclaims for sociology the study of one of the most important arenas of human action.

Jens Beckert
Jens Beckert
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