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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

The German Contribution to New Economic Sociology

John Wilkinson (Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)


 
While there are important connections between the New Economic Sociology (NSE) and the classical tradition of German sociology, NSE was initially very much a North American development, whether the focus was networks, culture, or organizations/institutions. The centrality of Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of fields ensured a pervasive French influence, but France’s most distinctive contribution emerged from the French convention school (see Wilkinson in Economy and Society, 1997), particularly around notions of quality and value in economic activity. A more far-reaching French NES has been consolidated by Philippe Steiner in his 2011 book, where he connects recent contributions to the classical economic sociology developed by Emile Durkheim and followers. Over the last two decades, the German contribution to NSE has become increasingly important, particularly around the sociology of markets, where many original advances have been made. It has engaged with French convention thinking and is establishing a general subfield of NES via important handbook initiatives. It has also made an original attempt to integrate micro and macro approaches to the economy which have gained significance since the 2008 financial crisis. The aim of the project is to explore the German contribution to NES intensively for a prospective publication. Project duration: August to December 2017.
 

 
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