The Social Structures of the Economy

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745625401
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The late Pierre Bourdieu's study challenges the assumptions of orthodox economic theory by showing how the market is effectively constructed by the state. He contends that supply, demand, the market and even the buyer are products of a process of social construction.

The Social Structures of the Economy

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745625398
Format: PDF, ePub
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The late Pierre Bourdieu's study challenges the assumptions of orthodox economic theory by showing how the market is effectively constructed by the state. He contends that supply, demand, the market and even the buyer are products of a process of social construction.

The Social Structures of the Economy

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745681654
Format: PDF
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Much orthodox economic theory is based on assumptions which are treated as self-evident: supply and demand are regarded as independent entities, the individual is assumed to be a rational agent who knows his interests and how to make decisions corresponding to them, and so on. But one has only to examine an economic transaction closely, as Pierre Bourdieu does here for the buying and selling of houses, to see that these abstract assumptions cannot explain what happens in reality. As Bourdieu shows, the market is constructed by the state, which can decide, for example, whether to promote private housing or collective provision. And the individuals involved in the transaction are immersed in symbolic constructions which constitute, in a strong sense, the value of houses, neighbourhoods and towns. The abstract and illusory nature of the assumptions of orthodox economic theory has been criticised by some economists, but Bourdieu argues that we must go further. Supply, demand, the market and even the buyer and seller are products of a process of social construction, and so-called 'economic' processes can be adequately described only by calling on sociological methods. Instead of seeing the two disciplines in antagonistic terms, it is time to recognize that sociology and economics are in fact part of a single discipline, the object of which is the analysis of social facts, of which economic transactions are in the end merely one aspect. This brilliant study by the most original sociologist of post-war France will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, economics, anthropology and related disciplines.

Social Structures of Accumulation

Author: David M. Kotz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521459044
Format: PDF
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This book offers an ideal introduction to the social structure of accumulation (SSA) approach to the analysis of capitalist economies and societies. This approach seeks to explain the fortunes of economies in terms of the influence of political and economic institutions, and has proved to be a powerful tool for understanding economic success and failure. Combining newly written essays with classic articles of the SSA school, the book examines the international economy and the economies of Japan, South Africa, and Puerto Rico, as well as the United States.

Social Structures of Direct Democracy

Author: John Asimakopoulos
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 900426275X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In Social Structures of Direct Democracy John Asimakopoulos develops a political economy of structural equality making strong empirical arguments for radical transformation toward direct democracy by filling positions of political and economic authority with randomly selected citizens.

Structures of Capital

Author: Sharon Zukin
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521376785
Format: PDF
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Although market importance is acknowledged, this work's emerging theme is the need to account for the ways in which multiple forms of social organization -- elite groups, communities & government structures -- influence economic processes.

Beyond the Market

Author: Jens Beckert
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400825448
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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.

Economy Society

Author: Bruce G. Carruthers
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9780761986416
Format: PDF, Docs
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Economy//Society is an accessible introduction to the ways in which economic exchanges are embedded in social relationships. Bruce Carruthers and Sarah Babb tackle big issues and real problems with analytical power and lively ideas. They offer rich and novel insights into such topics as advertising, consumer behaviour, the diffusion of innovations, conflicts in the work place, social inequality and the economic development of nations.

Palestine in the Time of Jesus

Author: Kenneth C. Hanson
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451407130
Format: PDF
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Hanson and Oakman's award-winning and enormously illuminating volume quickly has become a widely used and cited introduction to the social context of the early Jesus movement. This new printing augments the text with multiple features on an accompanying CD-ROM.