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Capitalization. A Cultural Guide

Image result for Capitalization A Cultural Guide[Presses des Mines acaba de publicar el nuevo libro Capitalization. A Cultural Guide de Fabian Muniesa y 10(¡!) co-autores. El equipo incluye Álvaro Piña-Stranger, que alguna vez escribió en este blog. Muniesa explicó en español los alcances de este proyecto durante su visita a Chile en 2016. Por ejemplo en esta presentación y en esta excelente entrevista en Radio Universidad de Chile]

Capitalization. A Cultural Guide

What does it mean to turn something into capital? What does considering things as assets entail? What does the prevalence of an investor’s viewpoint require? What is this culture of valuation that asks that we capitalize on everything? How can we make sense of the traits, necessities and upshots of this pervasive cultural condition?

This book takes the reader to an ethnographic stroll down the trail of capitalization. Start-up companies, research centers, consulting firms, state enterprises, investment banks, public administrations: the territory can certainly prove strange and disorienting at first sight, with its blurred boundaries between private appropriation and public interest, economic sanity and moral breakdown, the literal and the metaphorical, the practical and the ideological. The traveler certainly requires a resolutely pragmatist attitude, and a taste for the meanders of signification. But in all the sites in which we set foot in this inquiry we recognize a recurring semiotic complex: a scenario of valuation in which things signify by virtue of their capacity to become assets in the eye of an imagined investor.
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Financial Practices on “the Borderlands” (La Línea) in Times of Crisis

[Nuevo artículo de Magdalena Villarreal y Lya Niño: “Financial Practices on “the Borderlands” (La Línea) in Times of Crisis” en  Human Organization]

“Financial Practices on “the Borderlands” (La Línea) in Times of Crisis”

Magdalena Villarreal & Lya Niño


Financial practices are not only about money. This paper discusses how people living and working in the Mexico/United States borderlands weave their economic lives by combining, associating, and disassociating formal and “informal” currencies. We base our analysis on transactions carried out by women who commute regularly between the twin cities of Mexicali and Calexico, detailing their financial practices; the frameworks of calculation they employ; and the social, cultural, and financial mechanisms they and their families use to cope with their daily lives. These include the use of monetary and non-monetary calculations and resources, different types of indebtedness and forms of reciprocity. Such findings reveal mistakes in the tenets upon which much anti-poverty and financial aid programs are based. A focus on people’s use of particular calculations, resources, and social relations will help substantiate better alternatives that can be implemented in supporting their economies. Continue reading

Video de la charla de Fabian Muniesa en UDP: ¿A dónde va la antropología del valor financiero?

Ethnography and New Money Workshop Manchester

Llamado a concurso: memoristas y/o tesistas proyecto: “Crowd Thought en el Mercado de Capitales Chileno”

En el marco de un proyecto FONDECYT de Iniciación: “Crowd Thought en el Mercado de Capitales Chileno” (Proyecto N° 11140432), asociado a la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), se ofrece la posibilidad de realizar Memoria y tesis de pregrado o tesis de postgrado. 

1) Dirigido a estudiantes de pre y postgrado en ciencias económicas, de negocios y ciencias sociales afines (antropología, psicología y sociología), con grado conducente a licencia, magíster y/ doctorado.

2) Las memorias y/o tesis deben abarcar alguno de los siguientes temas: Continue reading

Making news, making the economy: Technological changes and financial pressures in Brazil

Tomás Undurraga has just published the article ‘Making news, making the economy: Technological changes and financial pressures in Brazil’ in the journal Cultural Sociology. The article is open access so it can be downloaded from the journal’s page. The abstract reads as follow:

Media convergence and growing financial pressure on the journalistic field have triggered significant changes in newsmaking cultures across the world. This article examines the challenges of media convergence in the newsroom of Valor Econômico, the main economic newspaper in Brazil. In particular, it explores how the introduction in 2013 of Valor Pro, a real time news service oriented to the financial market, changed newsmaking practices at Valor Econômico. The introduction of Valor Pro meant that journalists from the whole newsroom had to report news simultaneously for three platforms: the real time service, the online website and the printed paper. This shift not only intensified journalists’ workloads and altered the manufacture of news, but also increased financial pressure on the paper’s agenda. I argue that this shift – from producing news for the public towards producing news for the market – cannot be explained solely with reference to traditional political economic factors such as ideological decisions at editorial level and the structural properties of the Brazilian media sphere. Instead, drawing on resources from cultural sociology and from science and technology studies, I provide a richer explanation that acknowledges the impact of technological innovation, the shifting nature of news values, and the agency of journalists themselves. This article elaborates on seven months of ethnographic fieldwork in Valor Econômico’s newsroom in São Paulo between 2013 and 2015 and contributes to the literature on cultural sociology, media studies and science and technology studies.

SASE conference deadline extended-Feb 1

SASE ha extendido la fecha para la presentación de resúmenes para su próxima conferencia anual “Moral Economies, Economic Moralities” que se llevará a cabo en UC Berkeley del 24 al 26 de junio de 2016. La nueva fecha es el 1 de febrero. Entre otras interesantes sesiones se encuentra la mini conferencia “Domesticizing Financial Economies: Part 3” organizada por Joe Deville, Jeanne Lazarus, Mariana Luzzi y José Ossandón.

Cfp_Provoking business: the experimental condition of marketing, management, and finance

Call for papers, Workshop Provoking business: the experimental condition of marketing, management, Escuela de Sociología, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, 19 April 2016. Invited participants: Fabian Muniesa (Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines ParisTech, France) & Catherine Grandclément (Researcher at EDF R&D – Science and Technology Studies & Social Studies of Markets, France). Organizer: Tomas Ariztia (Escuela de Sociología, Universidad Diego Portales). We invite interested researchers to submit a short abstract of their proposed case before January 29 to tomas.ariztia@udp.cl. Continue reading

Mercados, Relações e Infraestruturas

André Vereta-Nahoum avisa que Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra estará hablando sobre “Mercados, Relações e Infraestruturas” en San Pablo, Brasil, el 1 de diciembre a las 17hrs. Más información en el siguiente documento:  Continue reading

Lanzamiento El Laberinto de la moneda y las finanzas

El lunes 19 se realizará el lanzamiento del libro El laberinto de la moneda y las finanzas. La vida social de la economía (Biblios, 2015) editado por Ariel Wilkis y Alex Roig. Los comentarios estarán a cargo de Mariana Luzzi y Pablo Miguez.

Además de recoger contribuciones de varios de los autores normalmente discutidos en este blog, tales como Jane Guyer, Bill Maurer y Bruno Theret, El laberinto de la moneda incluye capítulos de los colaboradores de Estudios de la Economía Daniel FridmanTaylor NelmsLa introducción del libro está disponible en: Continue reading