Market Society: History, Theory, Practice explores the social basis of economic life, from the emergence of market society in feudal England to the complex and interwoven markets of modern capitalist society. This lively and accessible book draws upon a variety of theories to examine the social structures at the heart of capitalist economies. It considers how capitalism is constituted, the institutions that regulate economic processes in market society and the experience of living in contemporary market societies. Market Society: History, Theory, Practice provides students of both political economy and economic sociology with a more nuanced understanding of how markets and people interact and how this relationship has influenced the nature and structure of modern economies.
Ch. 1 Introducing market society -- Pt. 1 Constituting market society -- Ch. 2 Production, value and commodification -- Ch. 3 Growth, accumulation and crisis Ch. 4 Inequality, distribution and conflict -- Pt. 2 Regulating market society Ch. 5 States, politics and welfare -- Ch. 6 Markets, risk and globalisation -- Ch. 7 Firms, corporations and competition -- Pt. 3 Living market society -- Ch. 8 Work, consumption and quality of life -- Ch. 9 Family, environment and sustainability Ch. 10 Civil society, community and participation.