Economic Sociology or Economic Imperialism The Case of Gary C. Becker Report as inadecuate




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Abstract

The paper is devoted to a critical analysis of a number of key theories by Gary S. Becker. It is commonly believed that his main accomplishment lies in the extension of the scope of an economic analysis to include numerous traditionally considered as non-economic phenomena. This extension, however, is only feasible at the expense of another extension – this time of the scope of the concepts used. This over-inclusiveness , in turn, makes his theories impossible to falsify, thus calling into question their scientific quality. In the process of considering particular Becker’s conceptions, i.e. human and social capital, the family, marriage and household and the polity a host of other specific drawbacks of Becker’s economic approach to social processes, often related to his ideological bias are indicated.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Economic Sociology or Economic Imperialism? The Case of Gary C. Becker-

English Title: Economic Sociology or Economic Imperialism? The Case of Gary C. Becker-

Language: Polish-

Keywords: Becker, human capital, social capital, marriage, altruism, self-interest family-

Subjects: A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines-





Author: Tittenbrun, Jacek S.

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/33708/







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