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  • 1.
    Aspers, Patrik
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    Economic Sociology2011In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture / [ed] D Southerton, Sage , 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Aspers, Patrik
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    Markets2011Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Our lives have gradually become dominated by markets. They are not only at the heart of capitalistic economies all over the world, but also central in public debates. This insightful book brings together existing knowledge on markets from sociology, economics and anthropology, and systematically investigates the different forms of markets we encounter daily in our social lives. Aspers starts by defining what a market actually is, analyzing its essential elements as well as its necessary preconditions and varied consequences. An important theme in the book is that a whole host of markets are embedded within one other and in social life at large, and Aspers discusses these in the context of other forms of economic coordination, such as networks and organizations. Combining theory with empirical examples, the book cuts to the core of understanding how different markets function, the role they have played in history, and how they come into being. This accessible and theoretically rich book will be essential reading for upper-level students seeking to make sense of markets and their complex role in social life.

  • 3.
    Aspers, Patrik
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    Markets, Evaluations and Rankings2011In: Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung, ISSN 0172-6404, Vol. 36, no 3, p. 19-33Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Aspers, Patrik
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    Value in Markets2011In: The Worth of Goods: Valuation and Pricing in the Economy / [ed] J Beckert, Patrik Aspers, Oxford University Press , 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Aspers, Patrik
    et al.
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    Darr, Asaf
    Trade shows and the creation of market and industry2011In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954X, Vol. 59, no 4, p. 758-778Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study addresses the question of the constitution of markets in advanced societies. Specifically, the article studies the role of the traveling trade show in creating the real time computing market, which is part of the US electronics sector, during the mid-1990’s. Real time computing products assist the transfer, storage and processing of digital signals in real time and support many of the internet applications we use today.By applying ethnographic methods,we explore the general question of how economic actors cope with uncertainty in the phase of market-making and at the cutting edge of technology. The paper makes two contributions to the existing literature. First, it shows that the attempt to organize a trade show in real time computing was triggered by the uncertainty experienced by sellers regarding the identity of prospective buyers and about the exact use to which they would put the emergent technology which is offered for sale. Secondly, we trace the history of an emergent market.We claim that trade shows for innovative products are important venues at which markets coalesce.The identification and ordering of market actors, the institutionalization of a distinct business culture and the social networks developed among market actors and across the subsidiary markets provided the basic social infrastructure for what later became known as the real time computing industry.

  • 6.
    Aspers, Patrik
    et al.
    University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    Godart, Frederic
    Sociology of Fashion: Order and Change2013In: Annual Review of Sociology, ISSN 0360-0572, E-ISSN 1545-2115, Vol. 39, p. 171-192Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we bring together the existing sociological knowledge on fashion, and the main part of the review is of classical and recent sociological work. To further the development of this largely interdisciplinary field, we also highlight the key points of research in other disciplines. We define fashion as an unplanned process of recurrent change against a backdrop of order in the public realm. We clarify this definition after tracing the origins and history of fashion. As a social phenomenon, fashion has been culturally and economically significant since the dawn of Modernity, and has increased in importance with the emergence of mass markets, both in terms of production and consumption. Most research on fashion is concerned with dress, but we argue that there are no domain restrictions that should constrain fashion theories. We identify venues around which sociologists could develop further research on the topic of fashion.

  • 7. Beckert, J
    et al.
    Aspers, PatrikUniversity of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
    The Worth of Goods: Valuation and Pricing in the Economy2011Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Interdisciplinary contributions from sociology, economics, political science, and marketing Presents empirical studies of both financial and some unusual markets - wine, art, fashion Pioneering work at intersection of sociology, economics, and marketing Chapters by leading international scholars in economic sociology Revisits both established theories of value and current thinking How do we place value on goods - and, importantly, why? Valuation and pricing are core issues in the market economy, but understanding of these concepts and their interrelation is weak. In response, The Worth of Goods takes a sociological approach to the perennial but timely question of what makes a product valuable. Structured in three parts, it first examines value in the broader sense - moral values and how they are formed, and the relations between economic and non-economic values - discussing such matters as the value of an oil spill, the price of a scientific paper, value in ethical consumption, and imaginative value. The second part discusses the issues surrounding valuation in aesthetic markets, specifically wine, fashion models, art, and the creative industries. The third part analyzes valuation in financial markets - credit rating agencies, stock exchange markets, and industrial production. This pioneering volume brings together leading social scientists to provide a range of theoretical tools and case studies for understanding price and the creation of value in markets within social and cultural contexts and preconditions. It is an important source for scholars in economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science interested in how markets work, and how value is established. Readership: Academics, researchers, and advanced students in Business and Management, Sociology, Economics, and Marketing The specification in this catalogue, including without limitation price, format, extent, number of illustrations, and month of publication, was as accurate as possible at the time the catalogue was compiled. Occasionally, due to the nature of some contractual restrictions, we are unable to ship a specific product to a particular territory. Jacket

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