Interest (Concepts in the Social Sciences)

Interest (Concepts in the Social Sciences)

Richard Swedberg


one of many relevant questions in social technological know-how is 'Why do humans behave as they do?' a standard social medical resolution is, 'because in their interests'. regardless of the significance of the idea that of curiosity for the social sciences, it's been unusually little mentioned, and plenty of features of its common historical past and plenty of makes use of are principally unknown. during this ebook, Richard Swedberg makes an attempt to treatment this example via an simply obtainable advent to the subject, beginning with a heritage of the concept covers the starting place of the observe and its early use in philosophy, political technology, literature and daily language. He then pioneers an research of the emergence of curiosity as a sociological suggestion in the course of the nineteenth century. Arguing that economists have diminished the concept that of curiosity to that of financial curiosity, he emphasizes that sociologists, against this, have tried to strengthen a versatile and social inspiration of curiosity. relocating directly to a dialogue of the modern use of the concept that of curiosity in economics, sociology and political technology, the e-book concludes with a dialogue of the opportunity of the idea that of curiosity as a coverage instrument.

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