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Solidarity in Strategy : Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations / Lyn Spillman.

Author/Creator:
Spillman, Lyn author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2012]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (512 p.) : 7 tables
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Business anthropology -- United States.
Capitalism -- Social aspects -- United States.
Economics -- United States -- Sociological aspects.
Trade associations -- United States.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Popular conceptions hold that capitalism is driven almost entirely by the pursuit of profit and self-interest. Challenging that assumption, this major new study of American business associations shows how market and non-market relations are actually profoundly entwined at the heart of capitalism. In Solidarity in Strategy, Lyn Spillman draws on rich documentary archives and a comprehensive data set of more than four thousand trade associations from diverse and obscure corners of commercial life to reveal a busy and often surprising arena of American economic activity. From the Intelligent Transportation Society to the American Gem Trade Association, Spillman explains how business associations are more collegial than cutthroat, and how they make capitalist action meaningful not only by developing shared ideas about collective interests but also by articulating a disinterested solidarity that transcends those interests. Deeply grounded in both economic and cultural sociology, Solidarity in Strategy provides rich, lively, and often surprising insights into the world of business, and leads us to question some of our most fundamental assumptions about economic life and how cultural context influences economic.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Solidarity, Strategy, and the Meaning of Business
Chapter 2. " Unstable, Redundant, and Limited": The Puzzle of American Business Associations
Chapter 3. Stable, Diverse, and Minimal: Contemporary Business Associations and Cultural Production
Chapter 4. " Meet the Movers and the Shakers of the Industry": The Social Construction of Business Interests
Chapter 5. " A Special Camaraderie with Colleagues": Presuming and Producing Solidarity
Chapter 6. "To Grow the Industry": Business Associations and Economic Interests
Chapter 7. " The Highest Level of Professional Recognitionviii": Business Associations and Technical Excellence
Chapter 8. " A Voice for the Industry": Business Associations and Political Interests
Chapter 9. "A Tense and Permeable Boundary": Business Associations in the Civil Sphere
Chapter 10. The Power of Business Culture
Appendix: Methodological Overview
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226769554
OCLC:
806040058
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226769554 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.