“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  

Classes and Labour Markets

Classes and labour markets

If managers do not behave in the way that managerialist ideology and economic sociology imagine, then how do they behave? The sociology of economic behaviour seeks to understand managers' behaviour in the same way that it understands other economic behaviour. All of this behaviour is influenced by a range of values that include, but are not reducible to, economic values. These values can legitimate action as well as motivate it and we cannot understand the division of labour or the wider allocation of resources in society if we ignore the role these values play in economic behaviour. This chapter will suggest that, when deployed successfully, some values legitimate a form of economic advantage that establishes a moral claim ...

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