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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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Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology

Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology

(p.383) 18 Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology
Economic Lives

Viviana A. Zelizer

Princeton University Press

Economic sociology has gone through astonishing changes in the past twenty-five years. From a simultaneous critique of, and complement to, neoclassical economics, it has become a rich, self-sustaining field. It has begun to generate or incorporate serious alternatives to neoclassical economics. This chapter mixes an intellectual autobiography with a critical survey of past, present, and future changes in a fast-moving field. It begins with a summary of long-term shifts in the study of economic processes at large. It then takes a closer look at the newly prominent emphases within economic sociology and discusses how those emphases undermine previously dominant presumptions concerning intersections between economic life and interpersonal relations. It illustrates these points extensively by means of recent analyses, including my own, of money. The chapter concludes with a quick survey of other trends within the field.

Keywords:   economic sociology, neoclassical economics, economic processes, economic life, interpersonal relations

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