The Anthropology of Financial Intent (Review Essay)

Gilbert, Paul Robert (2017) The Anthropology of Financial Intent (Review Essay). Finance and Society, 3 (1). pp. 91-98. ISSN 2059-5999

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Much has been learned about calculation, commodification and marketization from the social studies of markets and finance. But what of capitalization? What is distinctive about this mode of valuation, and the reality it impels? What does it mean to live under the ‘asset condition’? In Capitalization: A Cultural Guide, Fabian Muniesa and his colleagues at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation take us on a tour across multiple continents and several centuries, and introduce us to capitalization as a ‘cultural syndrome’. Their pragmatist enquiry involves tracing capitalization via the scenarios in which value is created, and the gaze that stimulates that value creation. The result is a field guide to the terrain of capitalization that integrates anthropological work on the dramaturgy of finance with sociological attention to the technicalities of valuation. The stage is set for further investigation into the uneven distribution of the capacity to capitalize and its consequences.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Capitalization, Social Studies of Finance
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0501 Capital. Capitalism
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Paul Robert Gilbert
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 11:06
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 11:30

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