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Economics as Social Theory

Series Editor: Tony Lawson

Social Theory is experiencing something of a revival within economics. Critical analyses of the particular nature of the subject matter of social studies and of the types of method, categories and modes of explanation that can legitimately be endorsed for the scientific study of social objects, are re-emerging. Economists are again addressing such issues as the relationship between agency and structure, between economy and the rest of society, and between the enquirer and the object of enquiry. There is a renewed interest in elaborating basic categories such as causation, competition, culture, discrimination, evolution, money, need, order, organization, power probability, process, rationality, technology, time, truth, uncertainty, value etc.

The objective for this series is to facilitate this revival further. In contemporary economics the label “theory” has been appropriated by a group that confines itself to largely asocial, ahistorical, mathematical “modelling”. Economics as Social Theory thus reclaims the “Theory” label, offering a platform for alternative rigorous, but broader and more critical conceptions of theorizing.

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  1. The Crisis in Economics

    Edited by Edward Fullbrook

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Economics can be pretty boring. Drier than Death Valley, the discipline is obsessed with mathematics and compounds this by arrogantly assuming its techniques can be brought to bear on the other social sciences. It wasn't going to be long, therefore, before students started complaining. The vast...

    Published March 27th 2003 by Routledge

  2. Reorienting Economics

    By Tony Lawson

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    This eagerly anticipated new book from Tony Lawson contends that economics can profit from a more explicit concern with ontology (enquiry into the nature of existence) than has been its custom. By admitting that economics is not exactly a picture of health at the moment, Lawson hopes that we can...

    Published February 20th 2003 by Routledge

  3. The World of Consumption

    The Material and Cultural Revisited, 2nd Edition

    By Ben Fine, Ellen Leopold

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Consumption has become one of the leading topics across the social sciences and vocational disciplines such as marketing and business studies. In this comprehensively updated and revised new edition, traditional approaches as well as the most recent literature are fully addressed and incorporated,...

    Published March 21st 2002 by Routledge

  4. Intersubjectivity in Economics

    Agents and Structures

    Edited by Edward Fullbrook

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Traditional economics treats the defining subjective properties of economic agents (tastes, preferences, demands, goals and perceptions) as if they are determined independently of individual and collective relations with other agents. This collection of essays reflects the increasingly common view...

    Published November 22nd 2001 by Routledge

  5. How Economics Forgot History

    The Problem of Historical Specificity in Social Science

    By Geoffrey M Hodgson

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    In arguably his most important book to date, Hodgson calls into question the tendency of economic method to try and explain all economic phenomena by using the same catch-all theories and dealing in universal truths. He argues that you need different theories to analyze different economic phenomena...

    Published August 23rd 2001 by Routledge

  6. The Values of Economics

    An Aristotelian Perspective

    By Irene van Staveren

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    In his Ethics, Aristotle argued that human beings try to further a variety of values by balancing them, stating that people try to find a middle road between excess and deficiency. The author develops and applies this idea to the values of economics, arguing that in the economy; freedom, justice...

    Published June 7th 2001 by Routledge

  7. Post-Modernism, Economics and Knowledge

    Edited by Jack Amariglio, Stephen E Cullenberg, David F Ruccio

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Only in the past twenty years have debates surrounding modernism and postmodernism begun to have an impact on economics. This new way of thinking rejects claims that science and mathematics provide the only models for the structure of economic knowledge.This ground-breaking volume brings together...

    Published May 17th 2001 by Routledge

  8. What do Economists Know?

    New Economics of Knowledge

    Edited by Robert F Garnett Jr

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    A provocatively rethink of the questions of what, how and for whom economics is produced. Academic economists in the twentieth century have presumed to monopolise economic knowledge, seeing themselves as the only legitimate producers and consumers of this highly specialized commodity. This has...

    Published August 26th 1999 by Routledge

  9. The New Economic Criticism

    Studies at the interface of literature and economics

    Edited by Mark Osteen, Martha Woodmansee

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    This collection brings together twenty-seven essays by influential literary and cultural historians, as well as representatives of the vanguard of postmodernist economics. Contributors include: Jean-Joseph Goux, Marc Shell. This is a pathbreaking work which develops a new form of economic analysis....

    Published March 18th 1999 by Routledge

  10. Critical Realism in Economics

    Development and Debate

    Edited by Steve Fleetwood

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Drawing on the fields of economic methodology and economic theory, this title opens up new forms of investigation in economics and transforms the nature of economic reasoning. The work combines contributions from authors critical of this approach with those who are concerned to clarify its full...

    Published December 3rd 1998 by Routledge