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Economics and Sociology: Redefining Their Boundaries. Conversations with Economists and Sociologists Paperback – January 25, 1990


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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 25, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691003769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691003764
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on December 28, 2009
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Richard Swedberg, who is one of the most eminent sociologists in the world, is currently Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His books include Sociology as Disenchantment: The Evolution of the Work of Georges Gurvitch (1982), Economic Sociology: Past and Present (1987), Joseph A. Schumpeter: His Life and Work (1991), Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology (1998); Principles of Economic Sociology (2003), and Tocqueville's Political Economy (2009). Swedberg is a sociologist through and through, but a major passion throughout his career has been facilitating a rapprochement of some sort between economics and sociology. Rather than taking a fixed position on exactly how such a rapprochement might take place (economic theory "replacing" sociological theory, as in Gary Becker's work, or sociology replacing economics, as in the work of Harrison White and Mark Granovetter, or perhaps some architectural structure supervening the two disciplines and creating a common and concordant interface between them), Swedberg has consistently worked to "let a thousand flowers bloom" in the interstices between economics and sociology.

This volume is an early contribution, but it fully exemplifies Swedberg's infectious enthusiasm for a consilience between economics and sociology. The book consists of Swedberg interviewing eighteen high-profile economists and sociologists (about half and half), most of whom have contributed to economic sociology in one way or another. While the interviews are sufficiently free-form to appear fresh and spontaneous, Swedberg formulates a small set of key questions which he takes pains to ask each interviewee, in addition to whatever else they talk about, thus lending considerable coherence to the volume.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "axelaxe" on August 23, 2000
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This book is based on interviews with economists and sociologist, who have tried to bridge the traditional gap between economics and sociology. Gary Becker, James Coleman, Mark Granovetter, Mancur Olson, Albert Hirschman, Jon Elster, Amartya Sen, among others, are among the interviewees. The reader will not find any remarkable insights in this book, but the interviews are generally quite nice to read. The book makes nice bedtime reading, but not much more.
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