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  Economic sociology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Economic sociology may be defined as the sociological analysis of economic phenomena.
As the earliest economists recognised, economic institutions are of profound importance to society as a whole and the social context affects the nature of local economic institutions.
Many critiques of economics or economic policy begin from the accusation that abstract modelling is missing some key social phenomenon that needs to be addressed.
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 Economics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Economics is said to be normative when it recommends one choice over another, or when a subjective value judgment is made.
Economics, which focuses on measurable variables, is broadly divided into two main branches: microeconomics, which deals with individual agents, such as households and businesses, and macroeconomics, which considers the economy as a whole, in which case it considers aggregate supply and demand for money, capital and commodities.
An outgrowth of neo-classical economics is rational expectations, which differs from neo-classical economics in that it does not see a micro-economic foundation for macro-economic behavior, and it emphasizes the strategies of rational economic actors in creating macro-effects.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Economic   (4621 words)

 Economic sociology -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The adoption of economic techniques, particularly quantitative rational choice theory, to areas of study that have previously remained the domain of (The study and classification of human societies) sociology, (The social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings) anthropology or (The science of mental life) psychology.
As the earliest (An expert in the science of economics) economists recognised, economic instituions are of profound importance to society as a whole and the social context affects the nature of local economic institutions.
The founding figures of sociology, such as (German sociologist and pioneer of the analytic method in sociology (1864-1920)) Max Weber, similarly regarded economic processes as fundamental to the structure of society.
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 Cluster Hiring Initiative-Economic Sociology (2)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Economic sociology's central project is to understand the ways in which various kinds of institutions and social processes - the state and political power, social networks, social norms, unions and secondary associations - play an essential role in explaining the actual functioning of real economies.
Economic sociology is one of the hot developing areas in sociology.
Economic Institutions (Sociology 652): The second course uses the concepts from the first course to look more empirically at a number of important economic institutions and processes: labor markets, credit markets, firms and corporations, land, skills and skill formation, the labor process, technical change and innovation, and the role of associations in economic governance.
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 Cornell University Sociology : Economic Sociology
Economic sociology shares economic theory's attention to the role of interests and rationality in shaping economic phenomena, but also emphasizes the importance of social relations and social institutions.
The foundation ideas of economic sociology associated with the writings of Max Weber and Joseph Schumpeter analyzed in light of contemporary research and theory in economic sociology (Richard Swedberg).
The economic sociology of developing and advanced capitalism; the causes of large-scale institutional change, their consequence for markets and social structures (Michael Lounsbury, Stephen Morgan, Victor Nee, Richard Swedberg).
www.soc.cornell.edu /research/economic_sociology.shtml   (731 words)

 Economic Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Sociology in Canada Provides links to sociology departments at all major universities in Canada, sociology conferences in Canada, and Canadian sociology journals and associations.
Leszek Chajewski Director, Research Center for Economic Sociology, Collegium Civitas, a private social science university under the auspices of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Environmental sociology, sociology of cyberspace, risk perception and communication, sociology of biotechnology, blood safety, nuclear safety.
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 Read about Economic sociology at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research Economic sociology and learn about Economic ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The adoption of economic techniques, particularly quantitative rational choice theory, to areas of study that have previously remained the domain of sociology,
Max Weber, similarly regarded economic processes as fundamental to the structure of society.
economic development within the system of economic relations that produce them.
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 Princeton University Department of Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
She is especially interested in religion and other social systems of belief, with related interests in social movements, culture, political and economic sociology, and critical theory.
Her current research interests are in cultural sociology and sociology of the family, with a particular focus on religion, gender, political behaviour, children and prayer.
She is especially interested in the intersection of the effect of ethnicity, religion and race on fertility such as African-American fertility and fertility according to ethnicity in post-Soviet Central Asia and the sociology of reproductive health, for example a socio-demographic analysis of obstetric fistula and the effect of religion on the spread of HIV/AIDS.
sociology.princeton.edu /people/graduate/graduate.php   (4355 words)

 Cornell News: New book on economic sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The book includes a review of classical and contemporary economic sociology and then looks at how the economy is organized and how the dynamics of different types of economic organizations are influenced by the structures, interests and social interactions of modern firms.
The book also discusses the economic sociology of politics and focuses on the role of the law, culture and gender in current economic sociology.
The final chapter discusses often-ignored topics, such as reflexivity in economic sociology, the advantages and disadvantages with using the concept of interest in economic sociology and the role of economic sociology as a policy science.
www.news.cornell.edu /releases/Nov03/Swedberg.book.ssl.html   (417 words)

 Princeton University Department of Sociology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Its approximately 20 full-time faculty have interests that span the sociology of culture, economic sociology and organizations, migration and development, social demography, social inequality, regional and comparative studies, urban ethnography, and advanced statistics.
Regular workshops in culture and inequality, economic sociology, religion and public policy, and social demography, together with supervised independent research projects among junior and senior majors, facilitate close student-faculty interaction.
Cultural sociology, demography, international development, economic sociology, ethnographic methods, immigration and ethnicity, urban sociology, religion, and social stratification are the substantive fields where Princeton sociology excels, and where it hopes to continue to do so in the future.
sociology.princeton.edu   (640 words)

 Swedberg, R.: Principles of Economic Sociology.
Thus, he argues that the next major task for economic sociology is to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of how interests and social relations work in combination to affect economic action.
Written by an author whose name is synonymous with economic sociology, this text constitutes a sorely needed advanced synthesis--and a blueprint for the future of this burgeoning field.
Joseph A. Schumpeter: The Economics and Sociology of Capitalism.
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 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, The: Economic Sociology in Retrospect and Prospect: In Search of its ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is hardly justified: For example, Wieser's (1967) treatise on Social Economics is primarily a conventional economic theory of the nature, structure, and functioning of what the English authors call the economy, and the French l'economie, and only secondarily a sociological approach to the economy.
The dubious distinction between the terms Sozialoconomik, Economy, and l'Economie all signifying simply the economy is exacerbated by a confusion between social economy as an ontology of the ec onomy (praxis) and social economics, socio- economics or economic sociology as its epistemology (theory).
(22.) As an illustration, the definition of social economics as a "socioeconomic analysis of human behavior within a broad economic, social, and political context" (Hill 1996, 9) can be deemed as essentially no different from that of economic sociology as an investigation of "sociological relationships in the economic sphere" (Weber 1968, 63).
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 Social class - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Schools of sociology differ as to which social traits are significant enough to define a class, although when sociologists speak of "class" in modern society they usually mean economically-based classes.
The relative importance and definition of membership in a particular class differs greatly over time and between societies, particularly in societies that have a legal differentiation of groups of people by birth or occupation.
In the well-known example of socioeconomic class, many scholars view societies as stratifying into a hierarchical system based on occupation, economic status, wealth, or income.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Social_class   (2046 words)

 Smelser, N.J. and Swedberg, R., eds.: The Handbook of Economic Sociology, Second Edition.
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.
He is the author of Principles of Economic Sociology and Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology (both Princeton) and the coeditor of The Economic Sociology of Capitalism.
Economics and Sociology: Redefining Their Boundaries: Conversations with Economists and Sociologists.
pup.princeton.edu /titles/7994.html   (799 words)

The purpose of this panel is to define the contours, major theoretical thrusts and controversies in the field of economic sociology.
Globalization is a process by which social, economic and political units in the world become increasingly affected by and aware of each other.
Economic sociology has developed most strongly among those who study organizations, but this literature has often ignored gender.
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 Dobbin, F., ed.: The New Economic Sociology: A Reader.
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.
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.
"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.
pup.princeton.edu /titles/7771.html   (344 words)

In a recent report of reputational rankings of Sociology Departments in U.S. News and World Report, for example, economic sociology was singled out as one of the fields in which Wisconsin was ranked among the top three departments in the country.
Durkheim’s famous insistence on the "non-contractual bases of contract." From economics we take the core notion of optimizing behavior, and lessons in the ways in which it is baffled by imperfect information and existing production regimes and their requirements.
Comparative Capitalisms (Sociology 927): The final course in the sequence, taught as a seminar, explores the most important variations across the family of developed capitalist countries, focusing both on the salient structural features of these economies and the historical trajectories that produced their differences.
www.ssc.wisc.edu /~wright/econsoc.htm   (3047 words)

 ISEA Overview
The International Survey of Economic Attitudes (ISEA) is a collaborative international project which conducts tri-annual surveys in half a dozen nations, each based on large, representative national samples.
Economic policy -- citizens' views on the proper organization of the economy, especially concerning redistribution, government ownership and regulation, tariffs and subsidies; and the effect of income inequality and social class on these.
ISEA thus deals with several of sociology's fundamental problems, ones with important theoretical implications for economics and political science and important practical implications for economic development.
international-survey.org /isea5.htm   (842 words)

 SocioSite: ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The purpose of this brief bibliography is to present what has been accomplished in the field of economic sociology during the academic year 1997-1998.
Instead of the over-formalistic and often empty theorising of orthodox economics, the aim is to bring together the ideas of a number of theorists and theoretical traditions, and to help to develop a more realistic and adequate approach to theory and policy.
The principal theoretical theme in the background of the project is that of convergence and divergence in the institutional make-up of industrial societies, and of the possibility of coexistence of capitalist systems with different institutions.
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 Center for the Study of Economy & Society (CSES)
During the last ten or fifteen years the social study of science and technology and economic sociology have moved closer together.
Within the social study of science and technology researchers are increasingly looking at economic activity such as markets, and within economic sociology researchers are increasingly seeing the need to analyze technology.
The new institutional economic sociology aims to integrate a focus on social relations and institutions in the study of economic behavior by highlighting the mechanisms that regulate the manner in which formal elements of institutional structures combine with informal social organization of networks and norms to facilitate, motivate, and govern economic action.
www.economyandsociety.org   (635 words)

 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Sociology is a science which attempts the interpretive understanding of social action to arrive at a casual explanation of its course and effects.
In the middle ages, the position of the church on economic ethics was that it excluded ''higgling'' (cute word; he means haggling), overpricing and free competition and included the principle of a just price and the assurance to everyone of a chance to live.
Those strata which are decisive in stamping the characteristic features of an economic ethic may change in the course of history; nevertheless, as a rule one may determine the strata whose styles of life have been at least predominately decisive for certain religions.
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 Suicide (1897)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This explains why periods of economic disaster, like those of sudden prosperity, are accompanied by an increase the number of suicides, and also why countries long immersed in poverty have enjoyed a relative immunity to self-inflicted death.
Government, which once restrained and subordinated economic functions, is now their servant, thus, the orthodox economist would reduce government to a guarantor of individual contracts, while the extreme socialist would make it the "collective bookkeeper" -- and neither would grant it the power to subordinate other social agencies and unite them toward one common aim.
Durkheim's repeated insistence that sociology is a science with its own, irreducible "reality" to study also led him to adopt a language that was both highly metaphorical and systematically misleading.
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 Sociology at Duke: Bai Gao   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Nevertheless, the economic principles that served to combat the Great Depression and sustain the total war from 1931 to 1945 survived.
Transformed from a military to a trade strategy, developmentalism became the basic framework of Japanese industrial policy, facilitating economic growth and the development of modern economic institutions.
By incorporating the latest research in the literatures of law and economics, economic sociology, political sciencce, and sociology of law, I want to highlight the impacts of the constitutional order of the state and the institutionalized beliefs on these different outcomes in this comparative and historical analysis.
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 BUBL LINK: Sociology
The Association aims to advance sociology as a science and profession, promoting the contribution and use of sociology to society.
Sociologies of Health and Illness ELearning Databank (SHIELD) produced resource - An interdisciplinary project to create a sustainable and content-rich databank of re-usable e-learning resources which may be shared between disciplines and across institutions, supporting staff and students to embrace technological change and embed it into their practice.
Quarterly electronic journal of sociology for applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical, and methodological discussions which engage with current political, cultural, and intellectual topics and debates.
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 Amazon.com: Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology: Books: Richard Swedberg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Economic Sociology of Capitalism by Victor Nee
Swedberg also demonstrates that Weber's approach to economic sociology addresses a major problem that has haunted economic analysis since the nineteenth century: how to effectively unite an interest-driven type of analysis (popular with economists) with a social one (of course preferred by sociologists).
In addition, the author shows how economic sociology has recently gained greater credibility as economists and sociologists have begun to collaborate in studying problems of organizations, political structures, social problems, and economic culture more generally.
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 Eszter Hargittai's Academic Contract
I came to the department directly from the Sociology PhD program at New York University where I had taken a few classes relevant to the first year core requirements at Princeton.
After examining the impact of economic wealth, income inequality, human capital, institutional legal environment, and existing technological infrastructure, the empirical analyses show that economic wealth and telecommunications policy are the most salient predictors of a nation’s Internet connectivity.
"Economic Sociology and the Sociology of Immigration: A Conceptual Overview." Pp.
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