Comment on Richard Swedberg/4. Overcoming Divide

Alexandru PREDA*

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The paper argues that the Richard Swedberg's distinction between the types of knowledge taken as the basis for various conceptualizations of economic life has important programmatic implications for economic sociology. This distinction highlights the different ways in which economic models of exchange conceptualize society, and draws attention to the fact that economic activities have an inherently material dimension. Based on this, the paper argues that a main avenue of research in economic sociology should be the investigation of the material arrangements on which exchange processes are grafted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
KCC: Yes, now the next project is actually already a finance project. It is in collaboration with the University of Siegen and financed by the German National Science Foundation. We have an SFB there, and my part is really looking at algorithms as agentic media generally, and to also try and bring into the picture some of the producers of these algorithms and what they are doing. We are looking at three different kinds of what we call agentic media. The one is bots, communication media. We want to look at drones and autonomous flying machines too, how they are engaged by the worlds that receive their images, by the public who see them, how they are engineered on some level, and what role algorithms play in these things. We are really interested in semi-autonomy as a social form and what it implies. ?gentic media and semi-autonomy are the top notions in that project.

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  • economic sociology
  • markets
  • Sociology of finance
  • sociology of science and technology


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