Category Archives: Embeddedness

Socially Embedded Cognition

Material facts about the arrangement of supermarkets and the design of churches, as well as rules of evidence and other social practices, play a critical role in structuring everyday human cognition. This much is hard to deny. I argue that … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Economics and Sociology – The Problem of Embeddedness

This essay aims to analyse the most recent acquisitions in economic sociology, setting out from the problem of embeddedness. Firstly, the contribution offered by Mark Granovetter shall be illustrated, demonstrating how the interpretation proposed by this scholar is concentrated on … Continue reading

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Institutions, Politics and Culture – a Polanyian Perspective on Economic Change

Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation is a powerful historical and moral critique of those great changes in societies that he sought to characterize and to explain in terms of the attempt to establish self-regulating markets. The notion of a ‘self-regulating … Continue reading

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Globalization and Contestation: A Polanyian Problematic

The Polanyian problematic presents us with a unified, complex, and dialectical means to interpret globalization and its social contestation by diverse social and political forces. For Karl Polanyi, globalization as we know it would probably be conceived of as an … Continue reading

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Defining the Boundaries of the Social Economy and the Context for a Social Enterprise

This paper contributes to the theory and practice of social economy, presenting the results of a three-phase research project in Winnipeg’s inner city. The social economy encompasses four patterns – two formal (free market and redistribution) and two informal (reciprocity … Continue reading

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The Social Embeddedness of the Economy and its Implications for Economic Governance

This chapter examines the social embeddedness and governance of economies from three apparently contrasting but potentially complementary viewpoints. These comprise: first, Polanyi’s pioneering historical analyses of the institutedness, general embeddedness, and the dis- and re-embedding of substantive economic activities; second, … Continue reading

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Beyond embeddedness: economic practices and the invisible dimensions of transnational business activity

Embeddedness remains a central concept in much economic geographical thought for understanding how social factors influence economic activity. Recent commentators have argued for a re-conceptualization that entails a relational and processual redefinition of the concept. This paper argues, however, that … Continue reading

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