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Review essay: Prospects for economic sociology

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  • G.M. Hodgson
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)133-149
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Journal publication date2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Swedberg’s two-volume collection of essays covering New Developments in Economic Sociology contains some excellent material, worthy of study by both economists and sociologists. However, there are definitional and conceptual problems in the whole project of ‘economic sociology’ exacerbated by the disappearance of any consensus concerning the boundaries between the disciplines of sociology and economics. Neither has ‘economic sociology’ acquired an adequately clear identity through the use of distinctive concepts or theories. Its future prospects are further questioned by recent changes within economics itself, including greater attention to institutional structures, and the abandonment of strictly self-interested and context-independent rationality.


“The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 38 (1) 2008, Copyright SAGE Publications Ltd : "

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