The book explores historical approaches to the emergence of a modern market society, as well as major approaches to the market within modern economic theory and sociology. It addresses key arguments in economic sociology and anthropology, the relation between markets and states, and critical and cultural theories of market rationality. It concludes with a discussion of markets and culture in a late modern context.
This wide-ranging text will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology, economic theory and history, politics, social and political theory, anthropology and cultural studies.
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"Slater and Tonkiss have written an incredibly stimulating and
plainspoken book about the most compelling subject in the world
today. Market Society is succinct yet comprehensive,
dissolving "the market" into manageable concepts and concrete
situations that will provoke both questions and many new ideas."
Professor Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and City University of
New York Graduate School
"Market society: Markets and Modern Social Theory will act as an
excellent introduction to this area for a variety of students and
their teachers. It is accessible without being simplistic, is well
written and covers an impressive amound of ground. It deserves to
find a place on many undergraduate and postgraduate courses on
work, economic life, consumption as well as wider modules on
political economy and social order." British Journal of
Slater and Tonkiss have produced for social scientists the most useful volume on markets that I have seen. ...The authors avoid polemics but show that markets often provoke moral responses in participants and observers"Stephen Gudeman, The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute
1. The Emergence of Market Society.
2. Markets and Economic Order.
3. Rationality, The Individual and Social Order.
4. Markets and Social Structures.
5. States and Markets.
6. Commerce and Culture.
7.The Cultural Turn.
Conclusion: Markets versus Market Society.