Economic sociology puts economic processes in a larger social context. It examines the production and exchange of goods and services from the viewpoint of the social relationships in which economic activities are embedded, the social conditions for economic change, and the effects of these arrangements upon social inequality and well-being. This is a cutting-edge area of ongoing theory and research across a number of disciplines. Among its most influential approaches is the study of social networks which shape organizations, patterns of exchange and individual careers.
Sociology faculty in this area include: Linda Aiken, Elijah Anderson, Randall Collins, Kathryn Edin, Paula England, Jerry Jacobs, Grace Kao, Robin Leidner and Douglas Massey. In addition, there are a number of sociologists and other social scientists in the Wharton Schools Management Department who teach in this area, whose courses are listed below.
Students are encouraged to take the following two courses as an introduction to theory and methods in this area:
SOCI (600 level number to be assigned): Introduction to Economic and Network Sociology (Randall Collins, instructor).
MGMT 932: Network Theory and Applications (Lori Rosenkopf, instructor).
Closely connected to economic sociology are courses in organization. In addition, specific aspects of economic sociology are studied in such substantive areas as migration, global economy, labor market, household, education, social mobility, work and the medical care system. Courses in organization and economic structure include:
SOCI 586: Organizations I: Theory (Staff).
SOCI 587: Organizations II: Research and Design (Staff).
MGMT 933: Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Management (Mauro Guillén and Nancy Rothbard, instructors).
MGMT 951: Micro-organizational Behavior (Staff).
MGMT 952: Macro-organizational Behavior (Johannes Pennings, instructor).
MGMT 955: International Management (Mauro Guillén, instructor).
MGMT 957: Institutional Analysis, Networks and Organizing Principles in Historical and Comparative Contexts (Bruce Kogut, instructor).
Other courses in substantive areas include:
SOCI (600 level number to be assigned): The Labor Force, Labor Markets and Gender (England, instructor).
SOCI 541: Work and Gender (Leidner, instructor).
SOCI 596: Sociology of Education (Kao, instructor).
SOCI 640: Health and Social Policy (Aiken, instructor).
SOCI 650: Social Inequality (Jacobs, instructor).
SOCI 677: International Migration (Staff)
SOCI 727: Internal Migration (Massey, instructor).
SOCI 790: Demographic Aspects of the Labor Force (Staff)