1st Edition

Economic Sociology
An Introduction

ISBN 9780415392228
Published November 16, 2006 by Routledge
258 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $64.95

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Book Description

This insightful key resource presents the clearest, most comprehensive and wide ranging account of economic sociology to date. Hass presents a critical and sophisticated yet approachable analysis of economic behaviour and phenomena. He makes the insights, claims, and logic of economic sociology interactive and accessible to students, while exposing the realities of today’s complex economic world and the challenges of studying economies and societies.

This introductory text:

  • provides a sophisticated yet approachable analysis of economic behaviour and phenomena
  • explores economic structures and change from a global perspective-by using comparisons and data from the United States, Europe, East Asia, Latin America, and post-socialist countries
  • shows how domestic and international economic forces work over time to shape modern economies
  • takes a critical perspective of both economic sociology and economics to establish useful insights
  • presents historical narratives showing the development of today’s economic structures and institutions
  • addresses important economic issues directly impacting on students’ lives—from the more visible (economic inequality and organizations) to the less visible (international economic trends, public policy, post-socialism).

Incorporating illustrations, case studies, a glossary, chapter notes, and a comprehensive bibliography, this student-friendly text also puts forward suggestions for further project work by showing the reader areas that require further investigation.

Table of Contents

1. Economic Sociology Unbound  2. Sociology and Economics, Economic Theory and its Sociological Critique  3. The Rise of Markets and Economic Development  4. The State, Public Policy, and Economic Organization  5. The Heart of the Economy: Organizations and Corporations  6. Economies, Inequality, and Mobility  7. The Great Experiment. Markets in the Shadows of Socialism  8. Brave New World? A Critical Examination of Globalization. Conclusion - Remaining Challenges of Economic Sociology in the New Millennium

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Jeffrey K. Hass is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA. His main areas of interest include social change, political sociology, economic sociology, organizational sociology, power, culture. He has spent time at Harvard, Princeton and the University of Reading, UK and has taught extensively on a range of introductory Sociology courses, including Economic Sociology, in the UK and US.