What is a market? Do we really participate in market activity on a daily basis? What does economic sociology contribute to a deeper understanding of markets, in comparison to economics?
In this informative book Patrik Aspers presents a comprehensive sociological view of markets. Aspers smoothly combines theory with empirical examples and illuminates the origins and forms of markets, explains how they are made and elucidates the role of identity and emotions. The important argument of the book is that a whole host of markets are embedded within one other and in social life at large. Aspers discusses this topic in the context of other forms of economic coordination, such as networks and organizations. Markets is an instructive compendium, much needed in the vibrant field of economic sociology and it therefore will surely serve as a valued reference material for research, teaching and reading.
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