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Re-Imagining Economic Sociology$
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Patrik Aspers and Nigel Dodd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198748465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748465.001.0001

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What Kind of Re-Imagining Does Economic Sociology Need?

What Kind of Re-Imagining Does Economic Sociology Need?

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Re-Imagining Economic Sociology

Neil Fligstein

Oxford University Press

From the beginning, economic sociology resembled a social movement where participants agreed to a broad definition of the field to attract the widest number of scholars. Many of the research programs that grew up under this umbrella are now quite mature. Some recent work by Dan Wang maps out how scholars teach economic sociology. He shows that these research programs form a kind of set of canonical works, but, having said this, most do not actively try and take other programs into account. This leads to the argument that to re-imagine economic sociology we must do so against what already exists. Real progress can be made when scholars work at the interstices between research programs and apply what is already known in one context to new contexts. Without such cross fertilization, the field is likely to never be much more than a set of faddish projects.

Keywords:   history of economic sociology, organization of economic sociology, research programs in economic sociology

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