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Economic LivesHow Culture Shapes the Economy$
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Viviana A. Zelizer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139364

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.001.0001

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The Lives behind Economic Lives

The Lives behind Economic Lives

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(p.1) Introduction The Lives behind Economic Lives
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Economic Lives
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Viviana A. Zelizer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, namely to trace the author's intellectual journey through the obscure borderlands of culture and the economy. Although the chapters draw mainly on evidence from the United States since about 1850, they address issues of concern to anyone anywhere who wants to clarify how shared understandings and interpersonal relations infuse and shape the ostensibly impersonal worlds of production, consumption, distribution, and asset transfers. The chapter goes on to present a review of the author's personal itinerary through the study of economic phenomena; a sketch of how the field of economic sociology took shape from the 1980s onward, including her place within it; and reflections on current relations between the disciplines of economics and sociology.

Keywords:   culture, economy, United States, interpersonal relations, production, consumption, distribution, asset transfers

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