The Future of Economic Sociology
Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology, 2001
3 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2001
When the economist Michael Piore (1996, p. 742) looked out over the field of economic sociology he saw “an enormous hodge-podge of ideas and insights, existing at all sorts of different levels of abstraction, possibly in contradiction with one another, possibly just incommensurate, without a basic theory or structure to sort them out, or order them”. Sociology is a messy business, to be sure, for society itself is messy – notwithstanding the pristine models found in economics. But if Piore stared long enough at the field, that hodge-podge would begin to take shape. Most of sociology is, after all, based on a handful of ideas.
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