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2013. Vol. 14. No. 2

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Vadim Radaev
Editor’s Foreword
P. 5–7


Marion Fourcade
Interview with Marion Fourcade: «Durkheim and Science Studies for Economic Sociology» (interviewed by Olessia Kirtchik, translated by Tatiana Filippova)
P. 8–16

Marion Fourcade, Professor of Sociology at Berkley California University and the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), was interviewed by Olessia Kirtchik, Senior Lecturer at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), during the conference “Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories meet Economic Realities?” in Moscow (October, 25–28, 2012), where Fourcade presented her research entitled “The Economy as Morality Play” as a plenary speaker.

In her interview, Fourcade addresses such topics as comparative methods in sociology, performativity of economic knowledge, and social production of classification. The Professor’s arguments are based on comparative research on environmental evaluation, books digitization and wine classification in France and the United States. The discussed research is aimed at comparing classification processes in these three areas (nature, wine classification and books digitization) and revealing the points of their intersection. Analyzing the recent cases of oil spill near Alaska and France, Fourcade comes to the conclusion that the performativity of knowledge is a social product itself, and it does not allow people to reconstruct the social world on their own way. Reflecting on the issue of classifications, the professor raises a question: how digitized books are catalogued on the Internet in the U.S. and France? Fourcade also shows that logics of book classification in the two countries were not identical because of differences in their relation to the hierarchy of knowledge, in digitization policy priorities and in political culture. Based on the ideas of Durkheim and Bourdieu, Fourcade argues that there is no universal method of hierarchy production in any society, and what is called “conflict of classifications” results from variety of social positions and differences between them. Fourcade wound up her interview talking about reasons why economic sociology should pay attention to categories and classifications. In her opinion, they produce not only significant economic impacts, but also reflect a special way of understanding and arranging the world in order, penetrating market structures.

New Texts

Olga Gourova
Looking Like a Russian. Russian Migrants in Finland: Social Characteristics and Clothing Consumption
P. 17–41

The paper focuses on how Russian migrants living in Finland construct their own “ethnic affiliation” through clothing styles or “style repertoires”. Representations of Russian migrants in transnational consumer culture are limited to stereotyped images, cultivated by mass media. However, these descriptions do not cover the variety of migrants’ style practices even slightly. Using intersectionality approach, the author examines the differentiation in migrants’ clothing styles. Research arguments are derived from 19 leitmotiv interviews with Russians living in metropolitan areas of Finland. Research findings demonstrate the peculiarities of “Russian” style repertoire. They include Russians’ aspiration to dress up for others, conspicuous consumption even in everyday situations, accents on details of clothes. Style repertoires may reflect certain stereotypical views on what it means, “to look like a Russian” or the reverse may be true. In this alternative case migrants demonstrate either hybrid style patterns or local variations. Differentiation of style practices depends on the length of stay in a host culture, matrimonial status, experience of living abroad, etc. In addition, the author shows that reproduction of style repertoire closely intertwined with migrants’ social characteristics. Choice of one or another way of dressing is shaped by class, profession, gender and age. Thus, in many respects, ethnic affiliation, as expressed in consumption is constructed within the context of other social dimensions.

New Translations

Michael T. Hannan, John Freeman
The Population Ecology of Organizations (translated by Gregory Yudin)
P. 42–72

A population ecology perspective on organization-environment relations is proposed as an alternative to thedominant adaptation perspective. The strength of inertial pressures on organizational structure suggests theapplication of models that depend on competition and selection in populations of organizations. Several suchmodels, as well as issues arising in attempts to apply them to the organization-environment problem, arediscussed.

Beyond Borders

Bruno Latour
Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (translated by Irina Polonskaya)
P. 73–87

The book «Reassembling the Social» presents the fundamental thoughts of a leading social theorist on whata society is and what the word «social» actually means. According to the author «the social», understood asa separate domain or a kind of material, no longer contributes to the progress of social sciences. The notion of «the social» must be redefined from «assemblages» of nature. The presented sociology of associations isknown as actor-network theory to which this book serves as an essential guide, giving readers the opportunityto become acquainted with the thinking of its most influential proponent.

The journal «Economic Sociology» publishes the Introduction to the book — «How to Resume the Taskof Tracing Associations» — which indicates the main differences between «sociology of associations» and«sociology of the social». Additionally, it focuses on key tasks and theoretical sources for the sociology ofassociations, including, most importantly; the sociology of Gabriel Tarde.

Debut Studies

Margarita Pankratova
Job and Life Satisfaction of Russian Mothers and Women without Children
P. 88–110

In this paper the author presents research findings that reveal the determinants of life and job satisfaction forRussian women. After giving birth, women have to pay much more attention to their family and child than totheir work, often either quitting their job or switching to part-time work. Women experience significant changesto their everyday life-style, brought about by childbirth, which transform their job and life satisfaction levels.So, giving birth is the most important fact that has to be taken into account when analyzing women’s socialwell being. The author assumes that the factors determining job and life satisfaction are different for womenwith and without children. The paper describes the main approaches and measuring methods concerning joband life satisfaction. The data set used is generated from surveys carried out from 2000 – 2009 by the RussiaLongitudinal Monitoring Survey of HSE, RLMS. Relying on research findings, the author concludes thatmothers, compared to Russian women without children, are more satisfied with life and less satisfied with theirjob but that having children has no significant affect on job satisfaction.

Professional Reviews

Dan Wang
Is There a Canon in Economic Sociology?
P. 111–122

This paper is devoted to the findings of a bibliometric analysis of 52 syllabi on economic sociology provided by the members of the American Sociological Association section “Economic Sociology” and scholars from the UK, France, Germany, and Russia. In addition, the initial collection was expanded to course syllabi submitted from outside of sociology, including management departments, policy programs and anthropology. The analysis aims at measuring to what extent economic sociologists are consensual and have an agreement upon a set of core texts. Two indicators of the reference canonicity that might appear on a syllabus are developed. The first counts the number of times a reference is observed in the collected syllabi. The second indicator is based on a Kleinberg's HITS algorithm applied for search ranking, which better captures the relational aspect of consensus formation in economic sociology as a scientific discipline. The research findings demonstrate that rather small group of articles, largely rooted in a relational-network perspective and a cultural/political approach, form the canon of economic sociology. The Granovetter’s paper on social embeddedness (published in 1985) still emerges as the most popularly listed reference on the observed 39 syllabi. Additionally, the author highlights role of “broker”, references that bridge different territories of economic sociology. The article Bazaar Economy by Clifford Geertz published in“American Economic Review” (1978) is one example of such references.  

New Books

Elizaveta Sivak
A Travel Guide to Academic Worlds. Book Review on Russian translation of Altbach et al. (eds). 2012. Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts. New York: Routledge (translated by E. Sivak. 2012. M.: HSE Publishing House)
P. 123–127

Research Projects

Evgenia Popova
Establishing of Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technology at National Research Tomsk State University
P. 128–132


Denis Strebkov
Marketing Services in Financial Organizations
P. 133–149


Elena Nazarbaeva
International Conference «Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories Meet Economic Realities?», Moscow, October 25–28, 2012
P. 150–155

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