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By Kaj Illomen

Kaj Ilmonen used to be a pioneer within the 3rd wave of the sociology of intake. This book provides a balanced review of the sociology of intake, arguing that the keenness of 'the 3rd wave' exaggerated the function of the symbolic and imaginary on the rate of the materiality of human societies.

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Formal economic theory has sought to redress this point by taking account of the costs of information acquisition and the uncertainty of information. g. Callon 1998, 4). Instead, like Callon, I would like to draw attention to the externalities that are omitted from economic calculations, to the aspects that are embarrassments to neo-liberal economic theory and that it therefore wants to exclude from the economy and the market. At the same time, this is how it comes to define what is more and what is less important in the economy.

At the same time, it was gradually accustomed to a new regime of discipline and time use (Polanyi 1957, 86; Foucault 1977; Thompson 1983, 18–31). The commodities produced were then sold to this growing number of wage earners and to residents of garrison towns. This, however, required the payment of wages in cash; and that, in turn, required mechanisms to regulate the amount of money circulating in the markets and above all to guarantee its value. The only institution that could do that was the state.

Hayek takes a different tack on this altogether. For him, the market is neither a natural nor a politically created structure, but it represents a spontaneous order supported by habits filtered through cultural selection processes (Dean 1999, 157). In sociological parlance, markets are informal institutions (Mantzavinos 2004, 101–130). However, it is not my intention here to retrace the history of market economy. 11 Underlying this process were the growth of the nation state and the gradual separation of economy and politics.

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