SOC 264  
Sp 13 
SOCG 264 Economic Sociology Graduate Seminar
Akos Rona-Tas
 

M 12:00-2:50

 
 

Office Hours: M 3:00-4:00

W 11:00-12:00

Or by appointment

SSB 101

 

SSB 488

 
 
e-mail: aronatas@ucsd.edu
 

Economic sociology has been one of the most dynamic fields of the discipline since the mid 1980s. It has developed in a conversation with economics. This has created some of the most interesting cross-discipline traffic in ideas. Many of these ideas have great utility in fields other than economic sociology.

This course gives an overview of the field but it is impossible to cover everything in ten weeks. Important issues will be touched upon only lightly with the hope that students can make up what is missing here in other seminars.

            For each week (except for the first one), you have to prepare a 1-2 page memo about the common readings plus one item. This extra item can be from the Commentary and Further Readings list or you can choose anything else you see relevant. You have to send the memo to me the day before we meet. The memo is not a paper or a review, but a set of questions, observations or comments on the readings.  Its purpose is to show that you read the text and engaged with its content.

            At each seminar, there will be two students who will have lead responsibility for the discussion. At the end of the quarter you will hand in a seminar paper. You will have to meet me during the third week of classes to discuss your paper topic. You will hand in a draft of your paper by May 20.  The final version is due during finals week.

 

Readings can be found

on the web (JSTOR or links provided),

in the Geisel Library Reserves,

in the course mailbox in the Sociology mail room,

in the library unless someone borrowed it already

in a book store

 

Introduction

 

Common Reading:

Smelser, Neil J. and Richard Swedberg. 2005. Introducing Economic Sociology. In. Smelser and Swedberg eds, The Handbook of Economic Sociology, 2nd Edition. Princeton,  Princeton University Press MAILBOX

Dobbin, Frank. 2004. The Sociological View of the Economy. Chapter 1. in Dobbin ed, The New Economic Sociology. A Reader. Princeton,  Princeton University Press MAILBOX


Commentary and Further Readings:

Swedberg, Richard. 1990. Economics and Sociology: Redefining Their Boundaries: Conversations with Economists and Sociologists. Princeton University Press (This is a fun book to read. You get to know some of the main players in economics and economic sociology and they talk about their ideas in a colloquial language and contextualize them within their biography.) RESERVES

Brinton, Mary C. and Victor Nee eds. 1998. The New Institutionalism in Sociology. Russell Sage

Swedberg, Richard. 2003. Principles of Economic Sociology. Princeton University Press

Swedberg, Richard. 1991. Major Traditions of Economic Sociology. Annual Review of Sociology, 17:251-276. (A good historical overview.) JSTOR

 

2. The Current Crisis

 

Common Reading:

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report. Conclusions xv-xxviii  (Available on-line)

Robert J. Shiller. 2008. The Subprime Solution. How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened and What to Do about it. Princeton University Press

Rona-Tas, Akos and Stefanie Hiss. 2010. The Role of Ratings in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis: The Art of Corporate and the Science of Consumer Credit Rating. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 30a:115-155

 

Watch INSIDE JOB available on Netflix or on Youtube (with Spanish subtitles)

  Bird and Fortune explain the subprime crisis

Further Reading:

Carmen M. Reinhardt and Kenneth Rogoff. 2011.This time is Different. Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. Princeton: Princeton University Press (A historical overview of economic disasters.)

Roger Lowenstein. 2001.When Genius Failed. The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management. New York: Random House (The warning shock that happened in 1998.)

Justin Fox. 2009. The Myth of the Rational Market. A History of Risk, Reward and Delusion on Wall Street. New York: Harper (The rise and fall of the theory behind finance: the efficient market hypothesis.)

Andrew R. Sorkin. 2011. Too Big To Fail. The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the FinancialSystem--and Themselves New York: Penguin  (A detailed account of what exactly happened during those days in the fall of 2008 when the world came to a stop.)

Michael Lewis. 2011. The Big Short. Inside the Doomsday Machine. New York: Norton  (The guys who made a lot of money betting on the collapse.)

 

  3. (Some of) The Classics

  Common Reading :

Smith, Wealth of Nations, Book 1 Chapters 1,2, 7, 10 (on line http://www.bibliomania.com/2/1/65/112/frameset.html )

Marx, Karl, Grundrisse: The Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy. The following 3 chapters:

Production,

The General Relation of Production to Distribution, Exchange,

Consumption,

The Method of Political Economy.

On line http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1859/critique-pol-economy/appx1.htm

Weber, Max, Economy and Society.  Chapter II. Social Categories of Economic Action. MAILBOX

 

HERE IS SOME HELP FOR READING WEBER

  Commentary and Further Readings :

Elster, Jon. 1986. Making Sense of Marx. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. Especially chapters 2,3,4. (If you believe as Marx did, that Marxism is a not just a political but also a scientific project, this is one of the best guides of what is left of Marx after a century.) RESERVES

Weber, Objectivity and Understanding in Economics

Collins, Randall. 1980. Webers Last Theory of Capitalism. American Sociological Review, 45/6: 925-942. JSTOR

Swedberg, Richard. 1998, Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press. RESERVES

Simmel, Georg. The Philosophy of Money. (Webers contemporary, Simmels is the classic sociological treatment of money.)

Sombart, Werner. The Jews and Modern Capitalism. (Sombart now unfairly forgotten, was one of the most famous scholars of his time. Today few people know about Sombarts alternative to Webers famous thesis on the Protestant ethic.)

Menger, Carl. 1963. Problems of economics and sociology. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, (Menger, Webers contemporary, was the leader of the Austrian School of economics and was the protagonist of the Methodenstreit (Battle of the Methods) where analytical, deductive economics split from historical, institutional economics represented there by Gustav von Schmoller of the Historical School).

Tribe, Keith. 1995. Strategies of Economic Order :Cambridge:Cambridge University Press. (Chapter 4 gives an overview of the Methodenstreit and Weber.)

 

4. Economics, Rational Choice

 Common Reading :

Friedman, Milton. 1953. "Methodology of Positive Economics." In Essays in Positive Economics. University of Chicago Press MAILBOX

Becker, Gary. 1986. "The Economic Approach to Human Behavior." In Rational Choice, edited by Jon Elster. New York: New York University Press MAILBOX

 

Commentary and Further Readings

Nagel, Ernest. 1963. Assumptions in Economic Theory, American Economic Review, 53/2:211-219 (A philosopher weighs in against Friedmans programmatic essay.)  JSTOR

Simon, Herbert and Paul A. Samuelson, Problems of Methodology, Discussion, American Economic Review, 53/2:229-236 (Two, later-to-be Nobelists critique  the other later-to-be Nobelist). JSTOR

Blaug, Mark. 1982. The methodology of economics, or, How economists explain. New York : Cambridge University Press. (I recommend this as a good, non-technical methods book.) RESERVES

Hausman, Daniel M. 1992. The inexact and separate science of economics. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press.  (An overview of theoretical economics as of the mid-1980s in prose.) RESERVES

Robbins, Lionel. 1932/1984. An Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science. New York University Press: New York. Robbins, working in the pre-mathematical era of economic theorizing, lays out the basic ideas behind the then just emerging science. (An abbreviated version is in Hausman ed. Philosophy of Economics, Cambridge University Press)

Samuelson, Paul A. and William D. Nordhaus. 1998. Economics. 16th Edition. Boston: Irwin/McGraw Hill. (Probably the most influential undergraduate textbook ever that cemented economics as a coherent discipline. )

Mirowski, Philip. 2002. Machine Dreams. Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (A piece of intellectual history emphasizing the theoretical tensions in economics.)

McCloskey, Donald (Deirdre) N. 1985. The Rhetoric of Economics. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press. (A highly readable book about how economists persuade.) RESERVES

Camerer, Colin F., George Lowenstein and Matthew Rabin eds. 2004. Advances in Behavioral Economics. Princeton University Press/Russell Sage (A collection of important articles in behavioral economics all questioning the rationality assumption in mainstream economics.)

Gigerenzer, Gerd and Reinhard Selten eds. 2001. Bounded Rationality. The Adaptive Toolbox. MIT Press

Bernstein, Michael. 2004. Perilous Progress. Economists and the Public Purpose in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton University Press (The best history of the economics profession.)

Samuelson, Paul and William Barnett eds. 2006. Inside the Economist’s Mind: Conversations with Eminent Economists. Wiley and Sons  (A collection of interviews, good stories, entertaining read.)

   

5. Embeddedness and Networks and Social Capital    

Common Reading:

Polanyi, Karl. 1957/1992. The Economy as Instituted Process. Pp. 29-52 in Granovetter and Swedberg eds. The Sociology of Economic Life. Boulder, CO: Westview RESERVES

Granovetter, Mark. 1985. Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness. AJS  91:481-510 JSTOR

Krippner, Greta. 2001. The Elusive Market: Embeddedness and the Paradigm for Economic Sociology. Theory and Society, 30/6:775-810 JSTOR

Bourdieu, Pierre. The Forms of Capital. Pp. 280-291 in  Nicole Woolsey Biggart ed. Readings in Economic Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell. (A theoretical classic that had a tremendous impact on empirical research since the 1980s.) RESERVES

Powell, Walter W. and Laurel Smith-Doerr. 2005. Networks and Economic Life. Pp. 379-402 in Smelser and Swedberg eds. The Handbook of Economic Sociology, 2nd edition. Princeton University Press: Princeton RESERVES

Burt, Ronald S. 2003. The Social Capital of Structural Holes. Chapter 7 in Mauro F. Guillen et al. eds. The New Economic Sociology. Developments in an Emerging Field. Russell Sage Foundation: New York RESERVES

   

Commentary and Further Readings

Uzzi, Brian. 1996. The Sources and Consequences of Embeddedness for the Economic Performance of Organizations - The Network Effect. American Sociological Review, AUG, V61(N4):674-698 JSTOR

Granovetter, Mark. 1993. The Nature of Economic Relationship. Pp. 3-41 in Richard Swedberg ed. Explorations in Economic Sociology. RESERVES

Block, Fred and Margaret Somers. 1984. Beyond the Economistic Fallacy. Pp. 47-84 in Theda Skocpol ed. Vision and Method in Historical Sociology.

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation.  (A classic that develops the argument of embeddedness in the context of 19th century European history.) RESERVES

Mauss, Marcel. 1924/1990. The Gift. The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies. London: Routledge. (A famous book on exchange in Melanesia, Polynesia and North America by Durkheims nephew.) 

Sahlins, Marshall D. 1972. Stone Age Economics. Chicago: Aldine-Atherton

Hirsch, Paul, Stuart Michaels, and Ray Friedman. 1987. "'Dirty Hands versus Clean Models.'" Theory and Society 16:317-336 (A summary of the difference between the dirty hands sociology and the clean model economics.) JSTOR 

DiMaggio, Paul and Hugh Louch. 1998. Socially Embedded Consumer Transactions: For What Kinds of Purchases Do People Most Often Use Networks?" American Sociological Review, 63 (October:619-637) (Straightforward elegant piece on when is economic transaction embedded.) JSTOR

Guillen, Mauro F. Randall Collins, Paula England, and Marshall Meyer. 2003. The Revival of Economic Sociology. Chapter 1 in Mauro F. Guillen et al. eds. The New Economic Sociology. Developments in an Emerging Field. Russell Sage Foundation: New York (An overview.) RESERVES

Ben-Porath, Yoram. 1980. The F-connection. Families, Friends and Firms and the Organization of Exchange. Population and Development Review 6/1:1-30. (One of the first sightings of networks in economics.) JSTOR

Burt, Ronald S. 1992. Structural Holes. The Social Structure of Competition Harvard University Press (An example of how you can take a very simple idea about power and generate a lot of interesting insights.)

Granovetter, Mark. 1973. The Strength of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology, 78:1360-80. (This is a fun piece, explains why superficial acquaintances can be more helpful than trusted friends.)  JSTOR

Portes, Alejandro. 1998. Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology. Annual Review of Sociology, 24:1-24.  (An overview that also exposes the downsides of social capital.) JSTOR

Wasserman, Stanley and Katherine Faust. 1994. Social Network Analysis:Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (An excellent technical introduction to network analysis.)

Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo. 2003. Linked. (A Hungarian physicist gives an entertaining and often very sociological introduction to networks.)

Putnam, Robert D. 2001. Bowling Alone. (A classic piece on social capital and how and why we have less of it now than before.)

Portes, Alejandro. 1998. Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology. Annual Review of Sociology, 24:1-24 JSTOR

Rauch, James and Alessandra Casella eds. 2001. Networks and Markets. New York : Russell Sage, Chapter 6. RESERVES  

 

6. Uncertainty, Risk, Trust  

Common Reading:

Beckert, Jens. 1996. What is sociological about economic sociology? Uncertainty and the embeddedness of economic action.  Theory and Society, 25 (6), 803-40. JSTOR

Guseva, Alya and Akos Rona-Tas. 2001. Uncertainty, risk and trust: Russian and American credit card markets compared.  American Sociological Review, 66 (5), 623-646. JSTOR

Biggart, Nicole W. 2001. Banking on Each Other: The Situational Logic of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations. Advances in Qualitative Organization Research, 3  http://weber.ucsd.edu/~aronatas/conference/Banking_on_each_other.pdf

Greif, Avner, 1989. Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders. The Journal of Economic History, 49/4: 857-882. JSTOR

 

Commentary and Further Readings:

Knight, Frank H. (1957[1921]), Risk, Uncertainty and Profit, New York: Kelley & Millman. (A classic. Knight, one of the fathers of the Chicago School of Economics, in lucid prose tackles some of the thorniest theoretical questions that the discipline swept under the rug for decades.) Available on line at http://www.econlib.org/library/Knight/knRUP.html

Bartely, Tim and Marc Schneberg. 2002. Rationality and Institutional Contingency: The varying Politics of Economic Regulation in the Fire Insurance Industry. Sociological Perspectives, 45/1:47-80. JSTOR

Akerlof, George A. 1970. The market for "lemons": Quality, uncertainty and the market mechanism.  Quarterly Journal of Economics, 84 (3), 488-500. JSTOR (Nobel Prize winning article that started information economics. It is non-technical.) JSTOR

Sabel, Charles (1992), Studied trust: building new forms of cooperation in a volatile economy. Pp. 215-50 in F. Pyke and W. Sengenberger (eds), Industrial Districts and Local Economic Regeneration, Geneva: International Institute for Labour Studies. (Sabel is elaborating on their famous argument about post-Fordism with Michael Piore [The Second Industrial Divide].)

DiMaggio, Paul. 2003. Endogenizing "Animal Spirits": Toward a Sociology of Collective Response to Uncertainty and Risk. Chapter 4 in Mauro F. Guillen et al. eds. The New Economic Sociology. Developments in an Emerging Field. Russell Sage Foundation: New York  (An excellent review article.) RESERVES

Herbert A. Simon. 1986. Rationality in Psychology and Economics. The Journal of Business, 59/4:S209-S224. (Simon criticizes the questionable behavioral assumptions of economics.) JSTOR

Kahneman, Daniel, Paul Slovic, and Amos Tversky eds. 1982. Judgment Under Uncertainty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Criticism of the basic decision-making model used by economists from experimental cognitive psychology.)

Pixley, Jocelyn. 2004. Emotions in Finance. Distrust and Uncertainty in Global Markets. (Introduces the sociology of emotions to studying how people, like those in finance, deal with uncertainty.)

 

7. Organizations  

Common Reading:

Williamson, Oliver. 1981. The Economics of Organization: The Transaction Cost Approach. American Journal of Sociology, 87(Nov) 548-77. JSTOR

 

Meyer, John W. and Brian Rowan. 1977. Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony. American Journal of Sociology, 83/2 JSTOR

 

Fligstein, Neil. 1990. The Transformation of Corporate Control. Harvard Univ. Press RESERVES


 

Commentary and Further Readings

Powell, Walter and Paul DiMaggio eds. 1991. New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. University of Chicago Press. (This volume opened a new chapter in organizational analysis. The introduction by the editors sete the agenda for much of the sociological research on organizations for the following decade or more.)

Dalton, Melville. 1959/1992. Men Who Manage. Pp.315-344. in The Sociology of Economic Life (An excerpt from Dalton�s famous book on cliques and the informal organization of firms behind the organization chart.) RESERVES

Hamilton, Gary G. and Nicole Woolsey Biggart. 1988/1992. Market, Culture, and Authority: A Comparative Analysis of Management and Organization in the Far East. The American Journal of Sociology 94, Supplement: S52-S94. (A great example of comparative analysis. The article compares industrial organization in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.) JSTOR

March, James G. and Johan P. Olsen. 1976. Ambiguity and Choice in Organizations. Bergen: Universitetsforlaget  (How organizations make sense of their environments and learn.) RESERVES

Douglas, Mary. 1986. How Institutions Think. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press. (A Durkheimian attack on rational choice by one of the great anthropologists.)

 

8. Culture

 

Common Reading:

DiMaggio, Paul. 1994. Culture and Economy. Pp. 27-57 in Swedberg and Smelser eds. The Handbook of Economic Sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press RESERVES

Velthuis, Olav. 2003. Symbolic Meanings of Prices: Constructing the Value of Contemporary Art in Amsterdam and New York Galleries,Theory and Society, 32/2:181-215 JSTOR

Zelizer, Viviana. 1989. Social Meaning of Money: "Special Monies." The American Journal of Sociology, 95/2:342-377 JSTOR

Fourcade, Marion.2011. Cents and Sensibility: Economic Valuation and the Nature of "Nature." AJS JSTOR

 

Commentary and Further Readings

Greif, Avner. 1994. Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society. A historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualist Societies. The Journal of Political Economy. 102/5:912-950. (When economists hear culture -and are not reaching for their guns - they reach for Greif.) JSTOR

Abolafia, Mitchel Y. 1996. Making Markets. Opportunism and Restraint on Wall Street. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. (An ethnography of bonds, stocks and futures traders. ) RESERVES

Biernacki, Richard. 1995. The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914. Berekeley: California University Press (An outstanding book on the different notions of labor and value in the two countries. It also provides a lucid theoretical discussion on cultural analysis.)

Hirschman, Albert O. 1977. The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (How did the deadly sin of avarice became respectable self-interest. An intellectual history.)

Lampland, Martha. 1995. The Object of Labor :Commodification in Socialist Hungary. Chicago: Chicago University Press. (An excellent historical ethnography on how labor became an object for sale.)

Zelizer, Viviana R. Morals and Markets: The Development of Life Insurance in the United States  (A historical analysis of how did profiteering from human death became accepted as life insurance.) RESERVES

Watson, James L. ed. 1997. Golden Arches East. Stanford CA:Stanford University Press (How the standardized products and practices of McDonalds transform in different cultural contexts.)

 

9. Performativity of Economics and Social Construction of Markets

 

Common Reading:

Callon, Michel. 1998. Introduction. In M. Callon ed. The Laws of the Markets. Oxford: Blackwell. RESERVES

MacKenzie, Donald. 2007. Is Economics Performative? Options Theory and the Construction of Derivatives Markets. Chapter 3 in MacKenzie, Muniesa and Siu eds. Do Economists Make Markets. Princeton University Press RESERVES

Garcia-Parpet, Marie-France. 2007. The Social Construction of a Perfect Market: The Strawberry Auction at Fontaines-en-Sologne. Chapter 2 in MacKenzie, Muniesa and Siu eds. Do Economists Make Markets. Princeton University Press RESERVES

Frank, Robert H., Thomas Gilovich, and Dennis T. Regan. 1993. Does Studying Economics Inhibit Cooperation? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 6/2:159-171 JSTOR

 

Commentary and Further Readings

Yezer, Anthony M., Robert S. Goldfarb, Paul J. Poppen. 1996. Does Studying Economics Discourage Cooperation? Watch What We Do, Not What we Say or How We Play. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10/1:177-186 (This is a defense of economics against Frank et al.) JSTOR

Frank, Robert H., Thomas Gilovich, and Dennis T. Regan. 1993. Does Economics Make Bad Citizens? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10/1: 187-192 (This is the response to Yezer et al.) JSTOR

Miller, Daniel. 2002. Turning Callon the Right Way Up. Economy and Society, 31/2:218-233 (A critique of Callon.) JSTOR

Mirowski, Philip and Edward Nik-Khah. 2007. Markets Made Flesh: Performativity, and a Problem in Science Studies Augmented with Consideration of the FCC Auctions. Chapter 7 in MacKenzie, Muniesa and Siu eds. Do Economists Make Markets. Princeton University Press (A skeptical look at performativity.) RESERVES

MacKenzie, Donald. An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets (Inside Technology)

Knorr Cetina, Karen and Alex Preda eds. 2006. Sociology of Financial Markets. Oxford University Press

  This is an excellent BBC documentary on the Black-Scholes formula. It is cut up into 5 parts to fit Youtube.

 

10. History, Path Dependence

 

Common Reading:

David, Paul A. 1986. Understanding the Economics of QWERTY: The Necessity of History. Pp. 30-49 in Economic History and the Modern Economist, edited by William N. Parker. New York: Basil Blackwell MAILBOX

Arthur, W. Brian. 1994. "Positive Feedbacks in the Economy." In Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press MAILBOX

 

 

Commentary and Further Readings

Stan J. Liebowitz and Stephen E. Margolis. 1990. Fable of the Keys. Journal of Law and Economics, 33/1:1-25. (The authors build the argument that David is wrong and the QWERTY keyboard is actually the most efficient and history is unnecessary to explain it.) JSTOR

McGuire, Patrick, Mark Granovetter and Michael Schwartz. 1993. Thomas Edison and the Social Construction of the Early Electricity Industry. Pp.213-246 in Explorations in Economic Sociology (Why do we get our electricity from a central source, like gas, and not generate it in-house, like heat?) MAILBOX

North, Douglass C. 1990. Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance, Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press. (Nobel laureate economic historians theoretical summary of the structures of history.) RESERVES

Rona-Tas, Akos. 1998. Social Capital and Path Dependence. Sociology of the Post-communist Economic Transformation. East European Politics and Societies. Winter, 1998 V12(N1):107-131. (A review of the post-communist transition and discussion of some of the mechanisms through which past constrains the future.) MAILBOX 

Krugman, Paul. 1994. The Fall and Rise of Modern Development Economics. In Rodwin and Schon, eds. Rethinking the Development Experience: Essays Provoked by the Work of Albert O. Hirschman . Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution.  http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/dishpan.html (Krugman explains why development economics was inconvenient for economists until recently.)

 


General Resources:

Smelser Neil J. and Richard Swedberg eds., (2005) The Handbook of Economic Sociology. Second Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, RESERVES

Nee, Victor and  Richard Swedberg eds., (2005) The Economic Sociology of Capitalism,  Princeton: Princeton University Press, RESERVES

Dobbin, Frank ed., (2004) The New Economic Sociology. A Reader. Princeton: Princeton University Press RESERVES

Carruthers, Bruce G. and Sarah L. Babb, (2000)Economy/Society. Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press RESERVES

Guillen, Mauro F., Randall Collins, Paula England, and Marshall Meyer eds., (2002), The New Economic Sociology. Developments in an Emerging Field. New York, Russel Sage. RESERVES

Beckert, Jens and Milan Zafirovski eds, (2006), International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, London: Routledge RESERVES

Granovetter, Mark and Richard Swedberg eds, (2001), The Sociology of Economic Life. Boulder CO: Westview Press RESERVES

Biggart, Nicole Woolsey ed., (2002), Readings in Economic Sociology. Oxford, Blackwell RESERVES

Swedberg, Richard, 1990, Economics and Sociology. Interviews with Gary S. Becker, James S. Coleman et al.  Princeton: Princeton University Press RESERVES

 

Economic Sociology European Electronic Newsletter http://econsoc.mpifg.de/newsletter/newsletter_archive.asp

ASA Economic Sociology Section Newsletter http://www2.asanet.org/sectionecon/newsletter.html

 

I also recommend the three part BBC documentary The Trap by Adam Curtis. It covers some of the ideas prominent in economic sociology, and although its focus is more political than economic, it re-embeds economics into its social and historical context. It is available in low resolution on the web. Here is Part 1

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=404227395387111085

Part 2

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1087742888040457650

Part 3

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7581348588228662817