The contribution of the new economic sociology to rethinking economics in the direction of sustainable development

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Benoît Lévesque

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This article deals with the new economic sociology’s (NES) occasional contribution to the sociology of sustainable development. Beginningin the 1980s, the NES proposes to understand the economy as a social totality, including the sustainable development approach. Moreover, byconsidering the economy from the perspective of institutions, organizations, networks and governance modes, this view once again places the economy at the heart of society, which would be a minor development if this conception were already acknowledged by our society and even by our disciplines. Our documental research is conducted in two stages. The fi rst part discusses the emergence of NES. In the second part we examine various approaches that propose the reconstruction of the economy as a sociological subject. Finally, we raise questions regarding what is possible to apprehend from these approaches, looking for a better understanding of the sustainable development.

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LÉVESQUE, B. The contribution of the new economic sociology to rethinking economics in the direction of sustainable development. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 47, n. 2, p. 49–60, 2007. Disponível em: https://periodicos.fgv.br/rae/article/view/36890. Acesso em: 22 apr. 2024.
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