The Tool Kit of Economic Sociology

Richard Swedberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Tool Kit of Economic Sociology

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This article discusses the tool kit of economic sociology. It begins by examining two of the most important concepts in modern economic sociology, namely: embeddedness and field. It is followed by a discussion of a sociological concept of interest and an interest-based concept of institutions. The article also presents some arguments posed in the text, one of which states that economic sociology would do well in some respects to follow the example of political economy and pay more attention to analytical economics and its general approach.

Keywords: tool kit; economic sociology; embeddedness; field; sociological concept of interest; interest-based concept of institutions; analytical economics

Article.  6766 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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