Sorry for the lack of recent posts, faithful readers. Prelim reading has kicked into high gear as the date approaches (about 55 days from now, not that I’m counting or anything). Other recent highlights have included reconnecting with my nerdiness (which I am not at all ashamed of, unlike some people*), which included a trip to Origins and joining a D&D4E game.
To connect, briefly, to economic sociology: A lot of the business history on our prelim list focuses on the rise of the large corporation, and thus on the rise of the railroad industry (see especially Chandler 1977, Dobbin 1994). Reading page after page about struggles over interoperability of lines, gauge-widths, and rate wars led to an entirely satiable desire to play one of many railroad games. Yesterday, as part of our demure celebrations, we played Railroad Tycoon. My Southern Strategy narrowly lost to a Northeastern one engineered (look, a pun!) by my brother. The Railroad business is cutthroat indeed. But now at least I can get back to reading about it.
*I wonder who would win a nerd-off amongst Sociology bloggers. I feel like I would make a strong showing, but it is quite hard to beat this.