Monthly Archives: July 2011

Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy

Over the past decades, economic sociology has been revealing how culture shapes economic life, turning a fascinating research field into a flourishing and increasingly influential discipline. No one has played a greater role in this development than Viviana Zelizer, one … Continue reading

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Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalization, Production, Inequality

Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalization, Production, Inequality by Fran Tonkiss closely and thoroughly looks at critical and contemporary issues in the sociology of economic life. Bringing together a range of theoretical perspectives, the book examines major shifts in the organization of economy and … Continue reading

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Is There a Relationship Benefit in Credit Ratings? Yes!

Credit ratings play a significant role in firms’ access to capital, in corporate debt contracts, in state and global regulations, and more. But what affects the ratings and how they are determined? These questions are crucial especially in the shadow of … Continue reading

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Media and New Capitalism in the Digital Age: The Spirit of Networks

Media and New Capitalism in the Digital Age: The Spirit of Networks is an excellent book by Eran Fisher that explores the new terrain of network capitalism through the transformations of the discourse on technology. Rather than viewing such discourse as either … Continue reading

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Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century

In this remarkably rigorous, original, and enlightening book Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century Mark Blyth (Brown University) argues that economic ideas are powerful tools as used by actors and groups to effect change since whoever defines what … Continue reading

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Social Inequality in a Global Age

Scott R. Sernau’s Social Inequality in a Global Age provides a sociological framework for analyzing inequality within the American society as well as analyzing the relationship between global stratification systems and internal  inequality. The book: • Places each issue and … Continue reading

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The Origin and Development of Markets: A Business History Perspective

A substantial documentary evidence survived from the eleventh century onward, when chartered markets and new towns were established across Western Europe. The expansion of the market system is important for business history, but there has been no systematic literature review … Continue reading

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Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 Financial Crisis

The financial crisis, which originated in developed country financial markets, has spread to developing countries and has turned into a global financial meltdown. Governments and Central Banks—though taking many and costly measures—seem powerless to stop the crisis. In light of … Continue reading

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