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  1. The Social Characterizations of Price: The Fool, the Faithful, the Frivolous, and the Frugal.Frederick F. Wherry - 2008 - Sociological Theory 26 (4):363-379.
    This article extends both Viviana Zelizer's discussion of the social meaning of money and Charles Smith's proposal that pricing is a definitional practice to the under-theorized realm of the social meanings generated in the pricing system. Individuals are attributed with calculating or not calculating whether an object or service is "worth" its price, but these attributions differ according to the individual's social location as being near to or far from a societal reference point rather than by the inherent qualities of (...)
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