Jens Beckert - Selected Publications#

Beckert, Jens. 2021. “The Firm as an Engine of Imagination: Organizational Prospection and the Making of Economic Futures.” Organization Theory 2 (2).

Beckert, Jens, and Lisa Suckert. 2021. “The Future as a Social Fact. The Analysis of Perceptions of the Future in Sociology.” Poetics 84, article no. 101499.

Beckert, Jens, 2020: The Exhausted Futures of Neoliberalism: from Promissory Legitimacy to Social Anomy. In: Journal of Cultural Economy 13, 318-330.

Beckert, Jens, 2020: Markets from Meaning: Quality Uncertainty and the Intersubjective Construction of Value. In: Cambridge Journal of Economics 44, 285–301.

Lutter, Mark/ Tisch, Daria/ Beckert, Jens, 2018: Social Explanations of Lottery Play: New Evidence Based on National Survey Data. Published online in Journal of Gambling Studies,

Beckert, Jens / Bronk, Richard (eds), 2018: Uncertain Futures. Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Beckert, Jens / Matias Dewey (eds), 2017: The Architecture of Illegal Markets. Towards an Economic Sociology of Illegality in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Korom, Philipp/ Lutter, Mark/ Beckert, Jens, 2017: The Enduring Importance of Family Wealth: Evidence from the Forbes 400, 1982 to 2013. In: Social Science Research 65, 75-95.

Beckert, Jens/ Jörg Rössel/ Patrick Schenk, 2017: Wine as a Cultural Product: Symbolic Capital and Price Formation in the Wine Field. In: Sociological Perspectives 60, 206-222.
DOI: 10.1177/0731121416629994

Beckert, Jens, 2016: Imagined Futures. Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Beckert, Jens / Christine Musselin (eds.), 2013: Constructing Quality. The Classification of Goods in Markets. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Beckert, Jens, 2013: Erben in der Leistungsgesellschaft. Reihe Theorie und Gesellschaft. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus.

Beckert, Jens, 2013: Capitalism as a System of Expectations: Toward a Sociological Microfoundation of Political Economy. In: Politics & Society 41 (3), 323-350. DOI:

Beckert, Jens, 2013: Imagined Futures. Fictional Expectations in the Economy. In: Theory and Society 42, 219-240. DOI: 10.1007/s11186-013-9191-2

Beckert, Jens / Jörg Rössel, 2013: The Price of Art. In: European Societies 15, 2, 178-195.
DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2013.767923

Beckert, Jens / Frank Wehinger, 2013: In the Shadow: Illegal Markets and Economic Sociology. In: Socio-Economic Review 11 (1), 5-30. DOI: 10.1093/ser/mws020

Beckert, Jens / Mark Lutter, 2013: Why the Poor Play the Lottery: Sociological Approaches to Explaining Class-based Lottery Play. In: Sociology 47 (6), 1153-1171. DOI:

Beckert, Jens / Patrik Aspers (eds.), 2011: The Worth of Goods. Valuation and Pricing in the Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Beckert, Jens, 2011: Where Do Prices Come From? Sociological Approaches to Price Formation. In: Socio-Economic Review 9, 4, 757-786. DOI: 10.1093/ser/mwr012.

Beckert, Jens, 2010: Institutional Isomorphism Revisited: Convergence and Divergence in Institutional Change. In: Sociological Theory 28, 150-166.4

Beckert, Jens, 2010: How Do Fields Change? The Interrelations of Institutions, Networks, and Cognition in the Dynamics of Markets. In: Organization Studies 31, 605-627. doi

Beckert, Jens, 2009: The Social Order of Markets. In: Theory and Society 38, 245-269. DOI

Beckert, Jens/Mark Lutter, 2009: The Inequality of Fair Play. Lottery Gambling and Social Stratification in Germany. In: European Sociological Review 25, 475-488. DOI

Beckert, Jens, 2008: Inherited Wealth. Translated by Thomas Dunlap. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Beckert, Jens, 2007: The Longue Durée of Inheritance Law. Discourses and Institutional Development in France, Germany, and the United States since 1800. In: Archives européennes de Sociologie XLVIII, 1, 79-120.

Beckert, Jens, 2002: Beyond the Market. The Social Foundations of Economic Efficiency. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Beckert, Jens, 1999: Agency, Entrepreneurs and Institutional Change: The Role of Strategic Choice and Institutionalized Practices in Organizations. In: Organization Studies 20, 777–799.

Beckert, Jens, 1996: What is Sociological about Economic Sociology? Uncertainty and the Embeddedness of Economic Action. In: Theory and Society 25, 803–840.

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