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Market Society

Market Society
History, Theory, Practice

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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521184908

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  • Market Society: History, Theory, Practice explores the social basis of economic life, from the emergence of market society in feudal England to the complex and interwoven markets of modern capitalist society. This lively and accessible book draws upon a variety of theories to examine the social structures at the heart of capitalist economies. It considers how capitalism is constituted, the institutions that regulate economic processes in market society and the experience of living in contemporary market societies. Market Society: History, Theory, Practice provides students of both political economy and economic sociology with a more nuanced understanding of how markets and people interact and how this relationship has influenced the nature and structure of modern economies.

    • Helps readers to understand markets as expressions of social relations, through both formal state regulation and informal social norms
    • Analyses the debates among key theories in the areas of political economy and economic sociology and, using a series of case studies, achieves a synthesis of ideas generally taught and understood separately within each discipline
    • Emphasizes the importance of understanding the historical development of capitalist societies in order to understand the nature of modern capitalist markets
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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521184908
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing market society
    Part I. Constituting Market Society:
    2. Production, value, and commodification
    3. Growth, accumulation, and crisis
    4. Inequality, distribution, and conflict
    Part II. Regulating Market Society:
    5. States, politics, and welfare
    6. Markets, risk, and globalisation
    7. Firms, corporations, and competition
    Part III. Living Market Society:
    8. Work, consumption, and quality of life
    9. Family, environment, and sustainability
    10. Civil society, community, and participation.

  • Authors

    Benjamin Spies-Butcher, Macquarie University, Sydney

    Joy Paton, University of Sydney

    Damien Cahill, University of Sydney

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