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Social Structures of the Economy

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ISBN-10: 0745625401

ISBN-13: 9780745625409

Edition: 2005

Authors: Pierre Bourdieu, Chris Turner

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Much orthodox economic theory is based on assumptions which are treated as self-evident: supply and demand are regarded as independent entities, the individual is assumed to be a rational agent who knows his interests and how to make decisions corresponding to them, and so on. But one has only to examine an economic transaction closely, as Pierre Bourdieu does here for the buying and selling of houses, to see that these abstract assumptions cannot explain what happens in reality.As Bourdieu shows, the market is constructed by the state, which can decide, for example, whether to promote private housing or collective provision. And the individuals involved in the transaction are immersed in…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

The House Market
Disposition of the Agents and the Structure of the Field of Reproduction
The State and the Construction of the Market
The Field of Local Powers
A Contract under Duress
Conclusion: The Foundations of Petit-Bourgeois Suffering
Principles of an Economic Anthropology
Postscript: From the National to the International Field