Economic sociology is the study of economics and economic phenomena from the perspective of sociology. Economic sociology is interested in the role of social relationships in economy. The discipline aims at understanding the markets and the consumption patterns of individuals.
Economic sociology was founded in 1967 in Turku School of Economics. In 2010 the unit was transferred from Turku School of Economics to its current location in the faculty of social sciences.
The study of consumption and the questions associated with key societal structures serve as the units central areas of research and teaching. For instance, “consumer behavior” was mentioned as one of the main research focus areas of economic sociology already in the 1960s. In the following decades both research and teaching associated with different market mechanisms have diversified, but the units historical traditions are still present today.