Economic Sociology





This course is an introduction to the sociological examination of economic phenomena. As a subfield that has grown rapidly over the past twenty years, economic sociology has focused on three major activities: First, it has examined the prerequisites for and constraints to economic processes as defined by economists. Second, it has extended economic models to social phenomena rarely considered in the domain of economics. Third, and most ambitiously, it has tried to search for alternative accounts of phenomena typically formulated only in economic terms. This course will provide an overview of these broad concerns and approaches in economic sociology, and review the sociological explanations of economic activities of production, consumption and distribution in a wide range of settings.

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