Sociological Economics has been a prime subject of sociological inquiry ever since the birth of sociology as a discipline, and Economic Sociology is certainly one of the most dynamic fields of sociology today.
Economic sociology as a subdiscipline is particularly welcome because it addresses some of the key issues of social science, particularly the nature and functioning of economic systems. However, it raises some fundamental questions concerning the nature of the social sciences themselves, and, in particular, the use of the very term 'economic sociology'. - Geoff Hodgson.
Economic sociology, like many fields experiencing a burst of intellectual energy, seems rather inchoate. Its fuzzy outlines are due in part to the variety of its research programs, which have just enough overlap or family resemblance to be lumped together. Relations between economic sociology and economics are bound to be a moving front. - Randall Collins.
Socioeconomics, sociological economics, economic sociology: what are we talking about? Why don't we just speak of social science? That would have the advantages of claiming "science" (to be understood as systematic inquiry) and of relegating economics to a corner of the field, to become a subdiscipline of that larger domain "social science" from now on. - Arjo Klamer.
Fundamental differences in style, method, and assumption divide sociology and economics, as Paul Hirsch, Stuart Michaels, and Ray Friedman noted in their essay on the "clean models" of economics versus the "dirty hands" of sociology. Bridging the "philosophical divide" between sociology and economics can stimulate new theory and enhance our relevance to policy. - Wayne E. Baker
What is Economic Sociology?
Joseph Stiglitz (chief economist of the world bank (1999), former head of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisors) has argued that the formal models developed by economists for understanding the economy are inadequate for understanding the dilemmas faced by the world economy today, and must be supplemented by a variety of more sociological and institutional approaches. Few economists have either the taste or academic preparation for this endeavor, which has largely been pursued by sociologists and political scientists under a variety of rubrics: economic sociology, comparative political economy, studies of economic regulation, economic geography. Expressed in different ways, their central project is to understand the ways in which various kinds of institutions and social processes -- the state and political power, social networks, social norms, unions and secondary associations -- play an essential role in explaining the actual functioning of real economies. - Dept. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Encyclopedia Of Economic Sociology Book by Jens Berckert (Editor)
The Handbook of Economic Sociology by Neil J. Smelser, Richard Swedberg (Editors)
The New Economic Sociology : A Reader Book by Frank Dobbin (Editor)
Readings in Economic Sociology Book by Nicole Woolsey Biggart (Editor)
Sociology: State, Market, and Society in Modern Capitalism
Explorations in Economic Sociology Book by Richard Swedberg (Editor)
Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology Book by Richard Swedberg
The Economic Sociology of Capitalism Book by Victor Nee, Richard Swedberg (Editors)
New Developments in Economic Sociology Book by Richard Swedberg (Editor)
Economics and Sociology Book by Richard Swedberg
Essays in Economic Sociology Book by Max Weber, Richard Swedberg (Editor)
Economics and Sociology of Capitalism
New Economic Sociology: Developments in an Emerging Field