IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/prs/reveco/reco_0035-2764_2002_num_53_2_410406.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Economics and Sociology

Author

Listed:
  • Michael Piore

Abstract

[eng] Economies and Sociology. . This paper explores the potential of sociology to fill certain gaps in economic theory. It examines in particular its capacity to explain: 1) the institutional supports required to make a competitive market work; and, 2) the limits of the assumption of rational choice behavior. The dominant sociological approach to problems of this kind is to postulate the existence of different social realms, but it does not have a strong theory of how these realms corne into existence and how their boundaries corne to be defined. Its failure to provide such a theory is particularly limiting because the salient characteristic of the period in which we are living is fluidity of boundaries, the boundaries of the firm and the family no less than the boundaries between the economie and social realms themselves. The paper concludes with suggestions for how a theory of boundary formation could be built around a notion of "interpretation" as a mode of human behavior distinct from rational choice but co-existing with it. [fre] Economie et sociologie. . Cet article étudie les apports potentiels de la sociologie pour combler certaines lacunes de la théorie économique. Il examine en particulier sa capacité à expliquer : 1) les supports institutionnels nécessaires au fonctionnement d'une économie de marchés concurrentiels ; et 2) les limites de l'hypothèse de rationalié dans les comportements de choix. L'approche sociologique dominante de ce type de problèmes consiste à postuler l'existence de sphères sociales différentes, mais elle ne dispose pas d'une théorie solide de la façon dont ces sphères se constituent et dont se définissent leurs frontières. Cette absence est d'autant plus dommageable qu'une caractéristique frappante de la période actuelle est la fluidité des frontières, qu'il s'agisse des frontières entre l'entreprise et la vie privée ou entre les sphères éco­nomiques et sociales elles-mêmes. En conclusion, l'article indique comment on pourrait construire une théorie de la formation de ces frontières autour d'une notion d'« interprétation », en tant que mode de comportement humain distinct du choix rationnel mais co-existant avec celui-ci.

Suggested Citation

  • Michael Piore, 2002. "Economics and Sociology," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 53(2), pages 291-300.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:reveco:reco_0035-2764_2002_num_53_2_410406
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://www.persee.fr/doc/reco_0035-2764_2002_num_53_2_410406
    Download Restriction: Data and metadata provided by Persée are licensed under a Creative Commons "Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0" License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Mazumdar, Surajit, 2008. "Crony Capitalism: Caricature or Category?," MPRA Paper 19626, University Library of Munich, Germany.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:prs:reveco:reco_0035-2764_2002_num_53_2_410406. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Equipe PERSEE). General contact details of provider: https://www.persee.fr/collection/reco .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.