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2001. Vol. 2. No. 1

Full text of the journal

Vadim Radaev
Editor’s Foreword
P. 3

New Texts

Neil Fligstein
Fields, Power, and Social Skill: A Critical Analysis of the New Institutionalisms
P. 4–25

"New Institutional" Theories have proliferated across the social sciences. While they have substantial disagreements, they agree that institutions are created to produce local social orders, are social constructions, fundamentally about how powerful groups create rules of interaction and maintain unequal resource distributions, and yet, once in existence, both constrain and enable actors in subsequent institution building. I present a critique of these theories that focuses on their inadequate attention to the role of social power and actors in the creation of institutions. An alternative view of the dynamics of institutions is sketched out based on a more sociological conception of rules, resources, and social skill.

Insight from the Regions

Larisa Petrova
«The New Poor» Scientists: Life Strategies Under Crisis
P. 26–42

A group of new poor is under focus in this paper. The new poor are a group of people who is experiencing a sharp decrease of their standards of living but still have the same professional status. A hypothesis of values’ influence on strategic behavior of scientists is tested relying on empirical data. The data source is the survey of employees of the scientific and production and scientific institutes in Moscow, Krasnodar, Nizny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg, held in the fall of 1998. The in-depth interviews were devoted to the current life situation of the studied group: working biography, job problems, family problems, future plans, macro environment’s characteristics. 

Debut Studies

Oksana Sinyavskaya
Main Factors for Human Capital Reproduction
P. 43–87

The paper is devoted to the reproduction of human capital in the system formal school education. The basic framework of the study is the idea of «social embeddedness» of economic action, which allowed authors to widen the list of factors that influence the diversity of the human capital capacity and to add new determinants to the individual abilities, family income, and socio-economic status of the parents. The theoretical framework and the secondary analysis of the empirical studies disclosed the following factors of human capital reproduction: 1) restricting determinants such as, type o settlement, level of its urbanization, education model (competitive or encouraging) and family financial resources; 2) the factors of success and educational period, such as social capital (family, neighbors, friends); 3) parents’ human capital, financial family capital, gender and ethnical differences, type of school. Further analysis of empirical data for Russia showed that the same factors could be revealed but their effect might be different.

New Translations

Laurent Thévenot
Rationality or Social Norms: Overcome Contradiction?
P. 88–122

The contraposition of the notions of «social norm» and «rationality» divides sociologists and economists into two confronting camps, which are different in the way of describing the human behavior. These two notions are placed in 1) the established order of social behavior and 2) the equilibrium resulting from rational choice. The author tries to reconsider the initial confrontation in the understanding of rationality and social norms through the analysis of the local relations dynamics and ways of coordination in these relations.          

New Books

Richard Swedberg
Economic Sociology (Steiner Ph. La Sociologie Économique. Paris: Edition La Découverte, 1999)
P. 123–125

Alexander Nikuliin
The Paradoxes of Agrarian Reform in Russia. Book Review on Kalugina Z. The Paradoxes of Agrarian Reform in Russia: A Sociological Analysis of Transformation Processes. Novosibirsk: IEOPP SO RAN, 2000.
P. 126–130

Professional Reviews

Johan Heilborn
Economic Sociology in France
P. 131–137

Research Projects

Yuriy Latov
Virtual Collaboration of Economists and Sociologists or «Russian Social Scholars, Let’s Be in the Internet!»
P. 138–141


Galina Gradoselskaya
Social Networks
P. 142–150


International Summer School in Montenegro, 1998–2000
P. 151–152

International Program «Window into Russia»
P. 153

VIII Symposium of Intercenter «Who and Where is leading in Russia? Actors of Macro, Mezzo and Micro Levels of the Current Transformation Process»
P. 154–158

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