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Recent years have seen a surge of interest in the workings of financial institutions and financial markets beyond the discipline of economics, which has been accelerated by the financial crisis of the early twenty-first century.The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Financebrings together twenty-nine chapters, written by scholars of international repute from Europe, North America, and Asia, to provide comprehensive coverage on a variety of topics related to the role of finance in a globalized world, and its historical development. Topics include global institutions of modern finance, types of actors involved in financial transactions and supporting technologies, mortgage markets, rating agencies, and the role of financial economics. Particular attention is given to financial crises, which are discussed in a special section, as well as to alternative forms of finance, including Islamic finance and the rise of China. TheHandbookwill be an indispensable tool for academics, researchers, and students of contemporary finance and economic sociology, and will serve as a reference point for the expanding international community of scholars researching these areas from a broadly-defined sociological perspective.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda Part I. Financial Institutions and Governance 1. Global Finance and Its Institutional Spaces, Saskia Sassen 2. Politics and Financial Markets, Gerald F. Davis 3. Finance and Institutional Investors, Jiwook Jung and Frank Dobbin 4. Business Groups and Financial Markets as Emergent Phenomena, Bruce Kogut 5. Central Banking and the Triumph of Technical Rationality, Mitchel Y. Abolafia Part II. Financial Markets in Action 6. What is a Financial Market? Global Markets as Microinstitutional and Post-Traditional Social Forms, Karin Knorr Cetina 7. Auctions and Finance, Charles W. Smith 8. Interactions and Decisions in Trading Alex Preda, Alex Preda 9. Traders, Caitlin Zaloom 10. The Material Sociology of Arbitrage, Iain Hardie and Donald MacKenzie 11. Seeing Through the Eyes of Others: Dissonance Within and Across Trading Rooms, Daniel Beunza and David Stark Part III. Information, Knowledge, and Financial Risks 12. Market Efficiency: A Sociological Perspective, Ezra W. Zuckerman 13. Financial Analysts, Leon Wansleben 14. Rating Agencies, Martha Poon 15. Accounting and Finance, Michael Power Part IV. Crises in Finance 16. The International Monetary Regime and Domestic Political Economy: the Origin of the Global Financial Crisis, Bai Gao 17. A Long Strange Trip: The State and Mortgage Securitization, 1968 2010, Neil Fligstein and Adam Goldstein 18. Dead Pledges: Mortgaging Time and Space, Shaun French and Andrew Leyshon 19. Financial Crises as Symbols and Rituals, Mark D. Jacobs 20. The Sociology of Financial Fraud, Brooke Harrington Part V: Varieties of Finance 21. The Disunity of Finance: Alternative Practices to Western Finance, Bill Maurer 22. Islamic Banking and Finance: Alternative or Facade?, Aaron Z. Pitluck 23. Geographies of Finance: The State-Enterprise Clusters of China, Lucia Leung-sea Siu 24. The Financialization of Art, Olav Velthuis and Erica Coslor Section VI. The Historical Sociology of Finance 25. Historical Sociology of Modern Finance, Bruce G. Carruthers 26. Gender and Finance NB, Josephine Maltby and Janette Rutterford 27. The Role of Confidence in Finance, Richard Swedberg 28. Finance in Modern Economic Thought, Franck Jovanovic 29. Financial Automation, Past, Present, and Future, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra