Historical Social Research

Christiane Eisenberg,Embedding Markets in Temporal Structures: A Challenge to Economic Sociology and History [Abstract]

The essay examines from a historian’s point of view the approaches to the analysis of market exchange in new economic sociology and explores in which way sociology and history can cooperate in embedding markets in temporal structures. In a first step the author sharply criticises the favourable reception given to Karl Polanyi’s work “The Great Transformation” in the field of new economic sociology. In particular she discusses the narrowing of research perspectives and its negative side effects onthe sociology of markets. There then follows a second step: in order to find a linking point for interdisciplinary cooperation, beginning with the current state of historical research, the author makes several considerations on the significance of temporal structures and the time factor in general in analysing markets and market societies.