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New book: Markets and the Arts of Attachment

[Routledge acaba de publicar un nuevo libro – Markets and the Arts of Attachment, editado por Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville, Liz McFall – de posible interés para los lectores de este blog]

Markets and the Arts of Attachment (Hardback) book coverMarkets and the Arts of Attachment, edited by Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville, Liz McFall

Table of Contents

Introduction: Markets and the Arts of Attachment, (Liz McFall, Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville)

  1. From Social Ties to Socio-Economic Attachments: A Matter of Selection and Collection, (Franck Cochoy)
  2. Manufacturing the Consumer’s Truth: The Uses of Consumer Research in Advertising Inquiry, (Tomas Ariztia)
  3. Marketing and the Domestication of Social Media, (Kevin Mellet)
  4. Interfacing Attachments: The Multivalence of Brands, (Carolin Gerlitz)
  5. You are a Star Customer, Please Hold the Line…’: CRM and the Socio-Technical Inscriptions of Market Attachment, (Alexandre Mallard)
  6. The Market will Have you: The Arts of Market Attachment in a Digital Economy, (Liz McFall and Joe Deville)
  7. ‘My Story has no Strings Attached’: Credit Cards, Market Devices and a Stone Guest, (José Ossandón)
  8. From Market Relations to Romantic Ties: The Tests of Internet Dating, (Emmanuel Kessous)
  9. Acquiring Associations: On the Unexpected Social Consequences of Possessive Relations, (Hans Kjellberg)

Afterword: The Devices of Attachment, (Michel Callon)

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Mattering Press launches

[Joe Deville nos comparte la muy buena noticia del lanzamiento de los primeros cuatro libros de la nueva editorial Mattering Press. Los libros son: On Curiosity: The Art of Market Seduction de Franck Cochoy, Modes of Knowing: Resources from the Baroque, editado por John Law & Evelyn Ruppert; Practising Comparison: Logics, Relations, Collaborations, editado por Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim & Zuzana Hrdličková; e Imagining Classrooms: Stories of Children, Teaching and Ethnography, de Vicki Macknight. Los libros están disponibles en formato impreso y de libre acceso digital. La mejor de las suertes con esta muy buena iniciativa!]

On curiosity hrMattering Press, a new Open Access book publisher and registered charity, has launched. Four years in the making, the press will produce major new contributions that engage the field of Science and Technology Studies. All books are available freely as ebooks and as printed books to purchase for around £15 / $20.

The first four books include two monographs and two edited collections. Perhaps of particular interest to readers of Estudios de Economía is the publication in English for the first time of Franck Cochoy’s book On Curiosity: The Art of Market Seduction. The book takes readers on a journey through the world of curiosity, looking at some of the many ways this misunderstood force has been used to push and pull us towards markets. The book is a translation of De la curiosité, published in French by Armand Colin in 2011.  Continue reading

Cfp_Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets

Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets. A workshop with Paul Langley and Liz McFall, 3-4 March 2016, Budapest, Hungary, ELTE University.

The 2007-8 global financial crisis was interpreted by many as a challenge to mainstream economics and as an opportunity for social sciences to provide alternative explanations. This opportunity has hardly been realised, even though the crisis has given further impetus to studies looking at credit and debt outside the economics discipline. One of the reasons lays in the disciplinary variety and theoretical lenses used by social sciences, ranging from economic sociology to economic geography, political economy and social studies of finance, which arguably do not provide a uniform, let alone universal explanation as economics does.  Continue reading

Where do groovy markets come from? A conversation with Liz McFall

Liz McFall (Head of the Department of Sociology at the Open University, one of the editors of the Journal of Cultural Economy and site manager of Charisma-Market Studies) has been crafting a very distinctive approach, in the context of recent SSF, to finance. She doesn’t write about esoteric derivatives but about domestic financial goods such as insurance and consumer lending. Most of her research is based on historical data, not on interviews or participant observation, and her conceptual interest is not calculation, rankings or formulae but charisma. In this conversation, carried out last May in Copenhagen, I use McFall’s last book Devising Consumption. Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending as an excuse to make her expand on some of the characteristic features of her work.

Q1. Devising Consumption has five main chapters, accordingly have I prepared five questions, although, and I am sorry for that, my questions neither follow the order of the book nor do they necessarily correspond to particular chapters. Continue reading

Everyday Debt And Credit Special Issue

Cultural StudiesLos amigos de Charisma  avisan que ya está disponible un nuevo número especial doble de Cultural Studies dedicado a deuda y finanzas domésticas. El número fue editado por Joe Deville y Greg Seigworth y entre otros muy interesantes artículos, incluye “The Moral Performativity of Credit and Debt in the Slums of Buenos Aires” de Ariel Wilkis y “Where are the Consumers? ‘Real Households’ & the Financialization of Consumption in Chile” de Felipe González.

Book Launch: how it became easier to borrow than to save

[From Charisma-Network] Book launch, Joe Deville’s ‘Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect’ and Liz McFall’s ‘Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending’, discussion & drinks reception. 6.00 – 8.15pm, Wednesday 29th April 2015. St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ (near Old Street / Barbican). Continue reading

Consuming Credit: Special Issue of Consumption Markets and Culture

[Copiamos esta noticia de los amigos de Charisma Network avisando del número especial recién publicado en Consumption Markets & Culture que podrá de interés de los lectores de este blog]

‘Consuming Credit’, a new Special Issue of Consumption Markets & Culture, has just been published. The collection is edited by Paul Langley and is populated, in its entirety, by members of the Charisma network. It can be accessed here.

Here is an edited extract from Paul’s introduction to the issue in which he also recounts some of the origins of Charisma:

While making credit available to make consumption possible has a very long history indeed, it is the consolidated mass markets and cultures of contemporary consumer credit that provide the focus for this special issue. Contemporary consumer credit comes in a diverse variety of forms and product ranges. This includes, for example, instalment plans for the dedicated purchase of automobiles and “big ticket” items; unsecured loans of all shapes and sizes, such as short-term and small “pay-day” loans; and the bank overdrafts and “revolving” lines of credit on credit cards that do not have to be completely repaid at the end of each month. The interest rates payable on consumer credit diverge greatly within and across product markets and between consumers, and fluctuate over time. And, although significant social and geographical exclusions, inequalities and differentiations remain as consumer credit markets become more established and entrenched, credit for consumption is today more readily and widely available (at a price) to individuals, families and households. Continue reading

Sowing consumers in the garden of mass retailing in Chile

De posible interés para lector@s y contribudor@s de este blog. Está disponible, en online first version, el artículo “Sowing consumers in the garden of mass retailing in Chile” publicado en Consumption Markets & Culture. El artículo es parte del número especial “Consuming Credit” editado por Paul Langley y que incluye contribuciones de Joe Deville, Paul Langley, Donncha Marron, Bill Maurer y José Ossandón.   Continue reading

Low and high finance studies after performativity: a speculative workshop report

[Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post conjuntamente con Charisma-Network y Socializing Finance. Como siempre, comentarios – en español o inglés – son muy bienvenidos]


On June 21 and 22 I participated in the workshop “Understanding the Knitting: new methods for investigating the interactions of low and high finance” supported by The Open and Leicester universities and organized by Joe Deville, Karen D. Ho, Liz McFall, Yuval Millo and Zsuzsanna Vargha. As expected -considering the excellent line-up and the space given by the organizers for open experimental presentations -, this was a very rich, interesting and fun event. In this quite (I am sorry for that) dense text, I draw from what happened in the workshop in order to suggest a series of questions speculating about the knots knitting “low” and “high” finance and our place as finance students there. Continue reading