Economy//Society is an accessible introduction to the ways in which economic exchanges are embedded in social relationships. Bruce Carruthers and Sarah Babb tackle big issues and real problems with analytical power and lively ideas. They offer rich and novel insights into such topics as advertising, consumer behaviour, the diffusion of innovations, conflicts in the work place, social inequality and the economic development of nations.
Chapter 3: Networks in the Economy
Recent college graduates are fond of saying that they have joined the “real world” after their four (or more) years of university education. Getting a job is a central part of joining this real world, and such jobs are obtained after being “on the job market.” College seniors learn the art of the resume, and scan newspapers, employment bulletins, and other publications looking for a job opening that suits them. The job market is discussed almost as if it were a distinct place where employers could meet up with unemployed college graduates whom they had never before met and hire the ones they needed and liked. Indeed, corporate employers often set up brief meetings with graduating college seniors ...