How Did I Become a Historical Economic Sociologist? Viviana Zelizer in Conversation with José Ossandón

José Ossandón, Viviana Zelizer


In this interview, Viviana Zelizer discusses three dimensions that characterize her distinctive sociological approach to the economy. First, Zelizer explains how she made archival historical analysis her sociological method. Second, she talks about the relational character of her objects of study, namely moral controversies and commercial circuits. Third, Zelizer discusses the part played by gender politics in her work.


Economic Sociology; Zelizer; Sociology of Money; Historical Methods; Gender


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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1971-8853/10132


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