Taking its name from Joseph Schumpeter’s famous definition of entrepreneurship (as “the carrying out of new combinations”), this blog is dedicated to the social study of entrepreneurship from the particular perspective of the ‘new’ new economic sociology, which itself is a new combination between science and technology studies (STS) and new economic sociology, deploying actor-network theory (ANT) to the study of organisations, markets and the economy.

Some key questions:

How are new enterprises assembled as heterogeneous entities? What is the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship? What is the role of artefacts in entrepreneurship? What is the role of markets in entrepreneurship? What is “social” about entrepreneurship? What is the role of entrepreneurship in the social and economic order?



Sociology of entrepreneurship; anthropology of entrepreneurship; economic sociology; new economic sociology; ‘new’ new economic sociology; economic anthropology; actor-network theory; science and technology studies; Science, Technology, Society (STS); market studies; start-ups; small firms; small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); new venture creation; enterprise policy; economic development; innovation; social and economic order.

Some background reading

  • Callon, M. (1998). The Laws of the Markets. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Callon, M. (1999). Actor-Network Theory: the Market Test. In J. Law and J. Hassard (Eds.) Actor Network and After. Oxford and Keele, Blackwell and the Sociological Review: 181-195.
  • Callon, M., Millo, Y., et al. (2007). Market Devices. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Latour, B. (1987). Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Latour, B. (2005). Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Latour, B. and Lépinay, V. A. (2009). The Science of Passionate Interests: An Introduction to Gabriel Tarde’s Economic Anthropology. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press : Distributed by the University of Chicago Press.
  • MacKenzie, D. A. (2006). An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: MIT.
  • MacKenzie, D. (2009). Material Markets: How Economic Agents Are Constructed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • MacKenzie, D., Muniesa, F., et al. (2007). Do Economists Make Markets? On the Performativity of Economics. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • McFall, L. (2009). “Devices and Desires: How Useful Is the ‘New’ New Economic Sociology for Understanding Market Attachment?” Sociology Compass, 3 (2): 267-282.
  • Pinch, T. J. and Swedberg, R. (2008). Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, Mass.; London: MIT.
  • Schumpeter, J. A. (1934). The Theory of Economic Development: An Inquiry into Profits, Capital, Credit, Interest, and the Business Cycle. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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