Introduction: The Sociology of the Economy

Introduction:The Sociology of the Economy, 2004

30 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2014

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Frank Dobbin

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

IN RECENT years, sociologists have returned to study the field’s first subject, economic behavior. Beginning in the 1840s, Karl Marx tried to understand the economic underpinnings of class relations and political activity. Forty years later, Émile Durkheim explored how work was divided up in modern societies and the implications for occupational behavior. By the end of the nineteenth century, Max Weber was concerned with understanding the origins of economic institutions and behavior patterns. Then, between about 1920 and 1980, sociologists turned away from the study of economic behavior per se. They studied economic institutions, such as firms and unions, but they tended not to study economic behavior in those institutions.

Suggested Citation

Dobbin, Frank, Introduction: The Sociology of the Economy (2004). Introduction:The Sociology of the Economy, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2412583

Frank Dobbin (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Sociology ( email )

33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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