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Theories for Historians. Economics, Economic Sociology, and the History of Marketization. Introduction

  • Theory matters. Most historians would probably agree with this postulate, in the sense that theories from disciplines such as sociology, economics or psychology can sharpen historical analyses of any topic (though many of them may prefer quite pragmatic, common-sense approaches in their own empirical studies). But when it comes to a historical understanding of a phenomenon like marketization, theory does remain an analytical resource – and at the same time turns into a multifaceted object of research. The way we think about markets is highly affected by theorists, and not only by their ideas but also by their effectiveness in making them influential over specific periods of time.

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Author:Ralf Ahrens
Parent Title (English):Zeithistorische Forschungen - Studies in Contemporary History
Publisher:ZZF – Centre for Contemporary History: Zeithistorische Forschungen
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Journal Article
Date of Publication (online):2015/12/09
Date of first Publication:2015/12/09
Release Date:2019/07/17
Volume Number:12
First Page:474
Last Page:476
ZZF Topic-Classification:Geschichtstheorie(n)
ZZF Regional-Classification:ohne regionalen Schwerpunkt
ZZF Chronological-Classification:1945-
21. Jahrhundert
Portal:Zeithistorische Forschungen
Zeithistorische Forschungen: Originalbeiträge:3 / 2015 Vermarktlichung
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz