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The Sociology of Financial Markets


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Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda: Introduction Section I: Inside Financial Markets 1: Saskia Sassen: The Embeddedness of Electronic Markets: The Case of Global Capital Markets 2: Karin Knorr Cetina: How Are Global Markets Global? The Architecture of a Flow World 3: Donald MacKenzie: How a Super-Portfolio Emerges: Long Term Capital Management and the Sociology of Arbitrage 4: Daniel Beunza and David Stark: How to Recognize Opportunities: Heterarchical Search in a Trading Room 5: Jean-Pierre Hassoun: Emotions on the Trading Floor: Social and Symbolic Expressions 6: Barbara Czarniawska: Women in Financial Services: Fiction and More Fiction Section II: The Age of the Investor 7: Alex Preda: The Investor as a Cultural Figure of Global Capitalism 8: Walter De Bondt: The Values and Beliefs of European Investors 9: Richard Swedberg: Conflicts of Interest in the US Brokerage Industry Section III: Finance and Governance 10: Mitchel Y. Abolafia: Interpretive Politics at the Federal Reserve 11: Gordon Clark and Nigel Thrift: The Return of Bureaucracy: Managing Dispersed Knowledge in Global Finance 12: Michael Power: Enterprise Risk Management and the Organization of Uncertainty in Financial Institutions 13: Dirk Zorn, Frank Dobbin, Julian Dierkes, and Man-shan Kwok: Managing Investors: How Financial Markets Reshaped the American Firm 14: Gerald Davis and Gregory Robbins: Nothing But Net? Networks and Status in Corporate Governance

About the Author

Karin Knorr Cetina is Professor of Sociology at the University of Constance, and member of the Institute for Global Society Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany. She was Professor of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, is a former president of the International Society for Social Studies of Science, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a future member of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, CA. She has published many articles in international journals on knowledge, science and financial markets and is the author of several books, including Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge (Harvard University Press, 1999), which received the Robert K. Merton Prize and the Ludwig Fleck Prize. Alex Preda teaches social theory at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His previous positions were at the universities of Constance and Bielefeld, Germany. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Bielefeld and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Bucharest. He is the author of AIDS, Rhetoric, and Scientific Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 2004), among others. His present research focuses on the transatlantic emergence of investor cultures in the late nineteenth century and on the relationship between vernacular economics and academic financial theories.


`Review from previous edition ...until now sociologists have shown little sustained interest in financial markets. The situation is clearly changing, however, and this welcome volume reveals that there are many different ways to apprehend these fascinating and perplexing institutions.' The American Journal of Sociology `The Sociology of Financial Markets documents [the] intriguingly fresh perspectives [which] are emerging on personal interactions in such settings as trading floors, corporate boards of directors, and central bank policy-making committees.' Financial Analysts Journal

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