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- DescriptionEcomic sociology is a rapidly expanding field, applying sociology's core insight--that individuals behave according to scripts that are tied to social roles--to ecomic behavior. It places homo ecomicus (that tried-and-true fictive actor who is completely rational, acts only out of self-interest, and has perfect information) in context. In this way, it places a construct into a framework that more closely approximates the world in which we live. But, as an academic field, ecomic sociology has lost focus. The New Ecomic Sociology remedies this. The book comprises twenty of the most representative and widely read articles in the field's history--its classics--and organizes them according to four themes at the heart of sociology: institutions, networks, power, and cognition. Dobbin's substantial and engagingly written introduction (including his rich comparison of Yamamo chest-beaters and Wall Street bond-traders) sets a clear framework for what follows. Gathering force throughout is Dobbin's argument that ecomic 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. Not only does Dobbin provide a consummate introduction to the field and its history to students approaching the subject for the first time, but he also establishes a schema for interpreting the field based on an understanding of what ecomic sociology aims to achieve.
- Author BiographyFrank Dobbin is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. His previous book, Forging Industrial Policy: The United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age , won the American Sociological Association's 1996 Max Weber Award.
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication25/06/2004
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note19 line illus. 19 tables.
- Weight857 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edited byFrank Dobbin
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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