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About the Author
Viviana A. Zelizer is the Lloyd Cotsen '50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She is the author of "The Purchase of Intimacy, The Social Meaning of Money, Pricing the Priceless Child" (all Princeton), and "Morals and Markets: The Development of Life Insurance in the United States".
Table of ContentsPreface ix
Introduction: The Lives behind Economic Lives 1
Part one: Valuation of Human Lives
Chapter 1: Human Values and the Market: The Case of Life Insurance and Death in Nineteenth-Century America 19
Chapter 2: The Price and Value of Children: The Case of Children's Insurance in the United States 40
Chapter 3: From Baby Farms to Baby M 61
Chapter 4: The Priceless Child Revisited 72
Part Two: The Social Meaning of Money Introduction 89
Chapter 5: The Social Meaning of Money: "Special Monies" 93
Chapter 6: Fine Tuning the Zelizer View 128
Chapter 7: Payments and Social Ties 136
Chapter 8: Money, Power, and Sex 150
Part Three: Intimate Economies
Chapter 9: Do Markets Poison Intimacy? 171
Chapter 10: The Purchase of Intimacy 181
Chapter 11: Kids and Commerce 213
Chapter 12: Intimacy in Economic Organizations 237
Part Four: The Economy of Care
Chapter 13: Caring Everywhere 275
Chapter 14: Risky Exchanges 288
Part Five: Circuits of Commerce
Chapter 15: Circuits within Capitalism 311
Chapter 16: Circuits in Economic Life 344
Part Six: Appraising Ec onomic Lives: Critiques and Syntheses
Chapter 17: Beyond the Polemics on the Market: Establishing a Theoretical and Empirical Agenda 363
Chapter 18: Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology 383
Chapter 19: Culture and Consumption 398
Chapter 20: Ethics in the Economy 440
Published Works of Viviana A. Zelizer on Economic Sociology 459
What People are Saying About This
No one else does what Viviana Zelizer does, or in the way she does it. With attractively rigorous scholarship, she reveals hidden meanings in things we otherwise take for granted. Spanning Zelizer's career to date, Economic Lives is welcome for bringing key contributions together in one volume.
Ronald S. Burt, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
This excellent, attractive, and very welcome collection contains some truly wonderful pieces.
Richard Swedberg, Cornell University
Economic Lives is an outstanding collection by one of the most original thinkers in economic sociology. In addition to bringing together some of her most brilliant papers, Viviana Zelizer provides an integrative analysis of her work and how it relates to the thinking of others who want to understand the fundamental nature of the economy. I know of no one else who can so thoughtfully describe everything from the beginnings of the cultural turn in economic sociology to leading-edge interpretations of what is happening in capitalism today. No serious student of economic sociology will want to neglect this book.
Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Business School
No one has done more to change the way social scientists think about economic life than Viviana Zelizer. This definitive volume, which pulls together her central contributions, is the best introduction to the work of one of today's most influential scholars.
Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh
Behind GNP statistics, stock market figures, and profit-loss statements lies a seething tapestry of human social relations. In this exciting collection of her writings on the sociology of economic life, Viviana Zelizer brings this tapestry to life and in focus, stressing the tense synergy of calculation and emotion and the tacit but ever-changing boundaries between market exchange and human intimacy. Zelizer records the psychodynamics of moving boundaries and mutual redefinitions between the worlds of impersonal exchange, money, and wealth on the one hand, and the private worlds of love, friendship, child rearing, and caring on the other. A must-read for anyone interested in the mutual constitution of objective and subjective realities in both history and contemporary life.
Herbert Gintis, Santa Fe Institute and the Central European University