Economic sociology as a strange other to both sociology and economics

J.H. Finch

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Economic sociologists have developed and applied theories and concepts in close connection with broadly economic phenomena, including, recently, embeddedness and actor network theory. Key to these theories is understandings of action given uncertainty in which actors develop calculative capabilities, and an emphasis on markets with boundaries and interstices as essential properties. This article reflects upon the connections between Parsons' and Smelser's economic sociology and that of contemporary authors including Granovetter, Callon and White. As a strange other to economics and to sociology, economic sociology can develop research questions in considering arbitrage generally, rather than only restricted to financial markets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages17
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • actor network theory • arbitrage • boundaries • economic sociology • embeddedness


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