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- DescriptionEcomists and Societies is the first book to systematically compare the profession of ecomics in the United States, Britain, and France, and to explain why ecomics, far from being a uniform science, differs in important ways among these three countries. Drawing on in-depth interviews with ecomists, institutional analysis, and a wealth of scholarly evidence, Marion Fourcade traces the history of ecomics in each country from the late nineteenth century to the present, demonstrating how each political, cultural, and institutional context gave rise to a distinct professional and disciplinary configuration. She argues that because the substance of political life varied from country to country, people's experience and understanding of the ecomy, and their political and intellectual battles over it, crystallized in different ways--through scientific and mercantile professionalism in the United States, public-minded elitism in Britain, and statist divisions in France. Fourcade moves past old debates about the relationship between culture and institutions in the production of expert kwledge to show that scientific and practical claims over the ecomy in these three societies arose from different elites with different intellectual orientations, institutional entanglements, and social purposes. Much more than a history of the ecomics profession, Ecomists and Societies is a revealing exploration of American, French, and British society and culture as seen through the lens of their respective ecomic institutions and the distinctive character of their ecomic experts.
- Author BiographyMarion Fourcade is associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
- PrizesWinner of American Sociological Association: Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award 2011 and American Sociological Association Sociology of Culture Section: Mary Douglas Prize 2010. Commended for Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology 2010 and American Sociological Association Comparative & Historical Sociology Section Barrington Moore Award 2010. Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2009.
- Author(s)Marion Fourcade
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication02/08/2010
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitlePrinceton Studies in Cultural Sociology
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note17 halftones. 6 tables.
- Weight599 g
- Width152 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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