“How, Fevre asks in his brilliant new book, can we critique Max Weber’s “iron cage” of economic rationality if we’re looking at the world from inside it? The great intellectuals of the past – Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber, Cooley and more recently Polyani –were deeply troubled by a growing market mentality that we now so tepidly accept as “inevitable.” I won’t spoil the story but Fevre puts his finger on the moment when things went off track, and sets us back on track so we can take an honest look at our lives today. This is an enormously important challenge to our basic thinking about the most important organizing force in the world today: the market. A must read.” ; Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of The Commercialization of Intimate Life, and co-editor of Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy
Chapter One: The Classical Renaissance in the Sociology of Economic Behaviour
The Classical Renaissance in the Sociology of Economic Behaviour
Something very interesting is going on among sociologists who write about economic behaviour. This book is intended to disseminate knowledge of these important recent developments and to interpret this knowledge in a way that helps people to make better sense of the work they are engaged in. Given what has happened to the sociology of economic behaviour over the past seventy years it is no surprise that interpretation should be required. The sub-discipline has long since lost its sense of purpose and those sociologists who are producing the most important new knowledge often have little idea of the significance of their work.
Ten years ago this book could not ...