This book brings together a range of sociologists and economists to study the role of demand and consumption in the innovative process. Starting with a broad conceptual overview of ways that the sociological and economics literatures address issues of innovation, demand and consumption, it goes on to offer different approaches to the economics of demand and innovation through an evolutionary framework, before reviewing how consumption fits into evolutionary models of economic development. The book then looks at food consumption as an example of innovation by demand, including an examination of the dynamic nature of socially constituted consumption routines. It includes an analysis of how African Americans use consumption to express collective identity and discusses the involvement of consumers in innovation, focusing on how consumer needs may be incorporated in the design of high-tech products. It also argues for the need to build an economic sociology of demand that goes from micro-individual through to macro-structural features.
Competition as instituted economic process
A challenge to the new economicsociology is that central economic processes
should become the focus of theoretical and empirical sociological analysis.
This chapter makes some steps towards analysing competition in that light,
partly because competition is often assumed to be the market force of all
market forces. The central argument made is both that competition processes
are co-instituted with markets (including end markets), and that market
processes are in turn co-instituted with
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In conclusion we draw together and evaluate a number of the themes raised
in this volume and begin to sketch an agenda for future research about
markets and the competitive process. Happily, this book resides within a
now-flourishing broader stream of ideas at the interface between economics
and sociology. Some of this new work signals the resurrection of economicsociology, while other aspects of it emanate from within the literature on
innovation processes and, more generally, from evolutionary economics.
Markets, embeddedness and trust:
problems of polysemy and idealism
In this paper I develop a critique of certain approaches to markets and firm
behaviour in economics and economicsociology. There are two main targets
of the critique. The first concerns some common approaches to markets and
the nature of firms in relation to them. Here I argue that the diverse uses of the
term ‘market’ in contemporary lay and academic discourse cause confusion.
Also problematic in both mainstream and institutional economics is the
tendency to treat
Andrew McMeekin, Ken Green, Mark Tomlinson, and Vivien Walsh
argues for the need to build an economicsociology/political economy of demand that goes from micro-individual
through to macro-structural features. To achieve this, an ‘instituted economic
process’ approach to the study of demand and innovation is developed to
account for processes of institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation. Within
this framework, the concept of a ‘production–distribution–retail–consumption’ configuration is seen as shaping innovation. The empirical investigations
of this chapter involve analysis of how retail markets link demand with supply
This chapter argues for the need to build an economic sociology/political economy of demand that goes from micro-individual through to macro-structural features. It develops an ‘instituted economic process’ approach to the study of demand and innovation to account for processes of institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation. Within this framework, the concept of a ‘production—distribution—retail—consumption’ configuration is seen as shaping innovation. The empirical investigations of this chapter involve analysis of how retail markets link demand with supply, and how that link is a structured one: the interface facing both ways. The chapter explores three empirical cases. The first involves the near disappearance of wholesale markets for fresh fruit and vegetables to retail markets, and the particular questions raised in terms of range and quality of products that flow through them. The second deals with an equally significant reconfiguration of the retail—distribution—production configuration reflected in the emergence of supermarket own-label products. The third raises the question of how the organisation of retail markets, and their transformation, alters the way demand is instituted between end consumers and retailers.
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Here, ‘culture’ is taken to refer to a specific domain of aesthetic and expressive production that is susceptible to commodification in economic terms3
(see McAnany and Wilkinson, 1995; DCMS, 2001). Over the same period,
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cultural production as an economic sector, but on the increasingly cultural
content of wider production processes, of economic goods and services, and
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such as the sociology of risk, and have shed light on complex hybrid networks.
Agro-food networks are revisited in the second section.
3 Karpik (1989) distinguishes social tools that create and diffuse quality judgements
and social tools that build trust regarding quality definitions. These two dimensions of the notion of quality are generally emphasised by economicsociology,
innovation sociology and heterodox economics.
4 The notion of ‘convention of quality’ (Eymard-Duvernet 1989) introduced a