At the recent 2011 Academy of Management conference, Daniel Beunza presented an informative and focused “Primer in the Social Studies of Finance and Performativity: Theories and Methods“. This presentation was concerned with clarifying the specific substance of the social studies of finance (SSF) and Professor Beunza dealt with the questions such: What would be an example of the social studies of finance? How do you do social studies of finance? What are the controversies surrounding performativity and the social studies of finance?
To delve deeper into this fascinating field of research, look at these key works: Mitchel Abolafia’s Making Markets: Opportunism and Restraint on Wall Street (1997), Michel Callon’s The Laws of the Markets (1998), Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda’s The Sociology of Financial Markets (2004), Donald MacKenzie’s An Engine, not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets (2006), Vincent Antonin Lépinay’s Codes of Finance: Engineering Derivatives in a Global Bank (2011), Annelise Riles’ Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (2011).
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