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The sociology of financial markets / edited by Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda.

Contributor(s): Knorr-Cetina, K. ( Karin) | Preda, Alex.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Oxford University Press, 2006Edition: First published in paperback.Description: xii, 319 p.ISBN: 9780199296927; 0199296928.Subject(s): Markets | Mercado financiero | Economía -- Aspectos sociológicos
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Financial markets have often been seen by economists as efficient mechanisms that fulfill vital functions within economies. But do financial markets really operate in such a straightforward manner? The Sociology of Financial Markets approaches financial markets from a sociological perspective. It seeks to provide an adequate sociological coneptualization of financial markets, and examine who the actors within them are, how they operate, within which networks, and how these networks arestructured. Patterns of trading, trading room coordination, and global interaction are studied to help us better understand how markets work and the types of reasoning behind these trends. Financial markets also have a structural impact on the governance of social and economic institutions. Until now, sociologists have examined issues of governance mostly with respect to the legal framework of financial transactions. Contributions in this book highlight the ways in which financialmarkets shape the inner working and structure of corporations and their governance. Finally the book seeks to investigate the symbolic aspects of financial markets. Financial markets affect not only economic and social structures but also societal cultural images and frameworks of meaning. Barbara Czarniawska demonstrates how representations of gender relationships are a case inpoint. Arguing that financial markets are not simply neutral with respect to questions of gender but enhance certain images and interpretations of men and women. Addressing many important topics from a sociological perspective for the first time, this book will be key reading for academics, researchers, and advanced students of financial markets in Business, Management, Economics, Finance, and Sociology.

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Financial markets have often been seen by economists as efficient mechanisms that fulfill vital functions within economies, but do they really operate in such a straightforward manner? This work explores the question by approaching them from a sociological perspective.

I- Inside Financial Markets. II- The Age of the Investor. III- Finance and Governance. (dmg)

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures (p. ix)
  • List of Tables (p. x)
  • List of Contributors (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Section I Inside Financial Markets
  • 1 The Embeddedness of Electronic Markets: The Case of Global Capital Markets (p. 17)
  • 2 How are Global Markets Global? The Architecture of a Flow World (p. 38)
  • 3 How a Superportfolio Emerges: Long-Term Capital Management and the Sociology of Arbitrage (p. 62)
  • 4 How to Recognize Opportunities: Heterarchical Search in a Trading Room (p. 84)
  • 5 Emotions on the Trading Floor: Social and Symbolic Expressions (p. 102)
  • 6 Women in Financial Services: Fiction and More Fiction (p. 121)
  • Section II The Age of the Investor
  • 7 The Investor as a Cultural Figure of Global Capitalism (p. 141)
  • 8 The Values and Beliefs of European Investors (p. 163)
  • 9 Conflicts of Interests in the US Brokerage Industry (p. 187)
  • Section III Finance and Governance
  • 10 Interpretive Politics at the Federal Reserve (p. 207)
  • 11 The Return of Bureaucracy: Managing Dispersed Knowledge in Global Finance (p. 229)
  • 12 Enterprise Risk Management and the Organization of Uncertainty in Financial Institutions (p. 250)
  • 13 Managing Investors: How Financial Markets Reshaped the American Firm (p. 269)
  • 14 Nothing but Net? Networks and Status in Corporate Governance (p. 290)
  • Index (p. 313)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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 SocialStudies 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 theauthor 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 authorof 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.

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