The purpose of this book is to explore new developments in the field of economic sociology. It contains cutting-edge theoretical discussions by some of the world's leading economic sociologists, with chapters on topics such as the economic convention, relational sociology, economic identity, economy and law, economic networks and institutions.
The book is distinctive in a number of ways. First, it focuses on theoretical contributions, by pulling together and extending what the contributors believe to be the most important theoretical innovations within their own particular areas of the field. Second, there are contributions by leading economic sociologists from both the US and Europe, which gives the book both wider scope and appeal, while also creating the opportunity for some interesting dialogue between distinct theoretical
The book will be of interest to researchers, Ph.D. students, and advanced students on both side of the Atlantic, and indispensible in advanced economic sociology courses.
Patrik Aspers is Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University. His research focuses on theory development, and especially of markets. His work is grounded in phenomenology. Empirically Aspers has studied the economy, especially the fashion industry. He has published several books, including Markets in Fashion, A Phenomenological Approach (Routledge), Orderly Fashion, A Sociology of Markets (Princeton UP), Markets (Polity Press) and, co-edited with Jens Beckert, The Worth of Goods (Oxford University Press). Nigel Dodd is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Sociology. He is author of The Sociology of Money and Social Theory and Modernity (both published by Polity Press). His new book, The Social Life of Money, was published by Princeton University Press in September 2014. He is now working on a new book for Princeton University Press, Utopianism and the Future of Money, which looks at the prospects for monetary reform by exploring a number of alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to the Brixton pound.
PART I: CREATING ECONOMIC FUTURES ; PART II: CONSOLIDATING ECONOMIC STRUCTURES ; PART III ENACTING ECONOMIC RELATIONS