Scholars working in the sociology of markets
, organization theory, and strategy research in North America, Europe, and South Korea provide 11 essays on categorization as a cognitive and social process, focusing on categories in the context of markets.
Twenty-five chapters are divided into four parts: foundations of economic sociology, the sociology of markets
, the sociology of firms and industries, and comparative and historical economic sociology.
Orderly Fashion: A Sociology of Markets
. Princeton, N J: Princeton University Press, 2010.
Aspers, Patrik, Orderly Fashion: A Sociology of Markets
. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010, 240 pp.
He argues that "the sociology of markets
lacks a theory of social institutions" (p.
Since its revival in the early 1980s, the sociology of markets has stood in the long shadow of economics, especially the subfield of industrial organization.
Fligstein reminds us that market exchange does not exist in a vacuum, that states and firms are mutually dependent actors in producing markets, and that a comprehensive sociology of markets cannot be divorced from an underlying political sociology.
To explore why fashion matters geographically and why she and other geographers are interested in it, Crewe draws on five conceptual approaches: cultural economy, the economic sociology of markets
, the object and its materiality and possession, performative practice, and scale or relation.
An Introduction to the Sociology of Markets
(Oxford University Press 2009), among others.
Still, research in the sociology of markets
may suggest that the outcome Burt uses to indicate successful use of structural autonomy may need to be investigated further to separate how much of what is happening fits into the economic price-setting model and how much fits into the sociological status-signaling model.