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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

The Social Institution of Money
The social institution of money

Money is one of the modern world's essential ‘social technologies’. Sociology, however, which is claimed to be the distinctive intellectual framework for understanding modernity', seems to have ignored money because it is not ‘sociological enough’ (Collins, 1979). A recent revival of interest in the subject only serves to highlight the longer-term neglect (Dodd, 1994; Zelizer, 1994; Leyshon and Thrift, 1997; Ingham, 1996, 1999, 2000a,b, 2001, 2002; Hart, 2000). Aside from reiterating the obvious importance of ‘trust’, sociology has not addressed the problem of the actual social production of money as an institution. Rather, sociology is concerned with very general descriptions of the consequences of money for ‘modern’ society (Giddens, 1990), its ‘social meanings’ (Zelizer, 1994) and, ...

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