Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783604487 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604494 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Business and Society

A Critical Introduction

Kean Birch, John-Justin McMurtry, Darryl Reed, Caroline Hossein, Mark Peacock, Alberto Salazar, Sonya Scott, and Richard Wellen

Business and Society

Kean Birch, John-Justin McMurtry, Darryl Reed, Caroline Hossein, Mark Peacock, Alberto Salazar, Sonya Scott, and Richard Wellen

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783604487 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604494 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Our society is dominated by corporations that employ us, sell to us, and influence local, national, and global agendas. Though we may take for granted the role of corporate business and capitalism in our day to day lives and assume it is inescapable, this hasn’t always been the case. Business and Society provides a broad historical analysis of the spread of capitalism and the foundation of the corporate revolution in the late nineteenth century, while examining the challenges of regulation and ethics in contemporary business. In addition, it examines how corporate power and capitalism might be resisted, outlining a range of alternatives, from the social economy to new forms of open access or commons ownership.
 
Written in a clear, accessible style, Business and Society offers an approachable introduction to  a variety of perspectives from sociological, geographical, heterodox economic, ethical, political, legal and historical contexts.
 
Review Quotes
Katherine Trebeck, Oxfam GB
“The ideal user’s guide to the modern world and how we got here. It untangles the thicket of politics and corporate power and gives readers cogent intellectual arguments and an inspiring message that change is possible and already happening.”
Liam Campling, Queen Mary University of London
“Offers a wide-ranging introductory interdisciplinary text for the study of the modern world. Rich in conceptual debate, it provides students with incisive analysis and criticism. This is the antidote to the anodyne business school textbook.”
Martin Parker, University of Leicester
“In this tremendous text, Kean Birch and his colleagues show us why we must understand economic activity as embedded in political decisions. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone who wants to understand how another business world is possible.”
Fabian Muniesa, École des Mines de Paris

“A most serviceable compass, timely and effective, for a time in which we are constantly told that society should be treated as just another type of business.”

Geoffrey Hodgson, author of Conceptualizing Capitalism: Institutions, Evolution, Future
“A fresh, topical and highly engaging introduction to the vital issues surrounding the business world. There is much food for thought in this book: every student of business should read it.”
Sara Gorgoni, University of Greenwich
“Goes beyond conventional accounts to critically expose the complex realities of the relationship between business and society. With clarity and originality, the authors illuminate the role of business for shaping society both in the past and present.”
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