Margaret R. Somers

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1 School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa 2 Institute of Zoology, University Graz, Graz, Austria 3 Maple Leaf Animal Nutrition AgResearch, Maple Leaf Foods, Guelph, ON, Canada 4 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 5 Centre for Invasion Biology, Centre for(More)
The standard criticism on the left of neoliberalism, whose ideological core is what Somers Somers aptly calls “market fundamentalism,” is that it harms the economic interests of most people and is bad for the overall functioning of the economy. On the one had, market fundamentalism leads to a rejection of the affirmative state and thus the massive(More)
Karl Polanyi’s 1944 book, The Great Transformation, has been recognized as central for the field of economic sociology, but it has not been subject to the same theoretical scrutiny of other classic works in the field. This is a particular problem in that there are central tensions and complexities in Polanyi’s formulations. This paper argues that these(More)
An alarm has been sounded that historical sociology is subverting the theoretical aims of social science. Criticizing an array of widely influential scholars, Kiser and Hechter (1991) propose that rational choice theory can avoid the trend toward "empiricism" resulting from the import of history into sociology. K/H's position is based on theoretical(More)
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  • Healthcare financial management : journal of the…
  • 1994
As a result of participating with 28 other healthcare organizations in a study on benchmarking the hospital admitting process, St. Marys Hospital Medical Center, Madison, Wisconsin, was able to speed-up its admitting process and improve its telephone system to serve patients better. St. Marys switched from an admitting system to a preadmitting system,(More)
Reactions to interdisciplinary work have varied historically. Emile Durkheim’s original ideal was for sociology as an intellectually autonomous discipline. On the premise that each discipline needed a unique object to which it could lay claim, he defined sociology as the study of social facts that were not reducible to psychological processes. Thus,(More)