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Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy

Viviana A. Zelizer


Over the past three decades, economic sociology has been revealing how culture shapes economic life even while economic facts affect social relationships. This work has transformed the field into a flourishing and increasingly influential discipline. This book shows how shared cultural understandings and interpersonal relations shape everyday economic activities. Far from being simple responses to narrow individual incentives and preferences, economic actions emerge, persist, and are transformed by our relations to others. Distilling three decades of research, the book offers a distinctive vis ... More

Keywords: economic sociology, culture, social relationships, economic life, interpersonal relations, cultural understanding, production, consumption, asset transfer, economic activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780691139364
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Viviana A. Zelizer, author
Princeton University