- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Global Finance And Its Institutional Spaces
- Politics And Financial Markets
- Finance And Institutional Investors
- Business Groups And Financial Markets As Emergent Phenomena
- Central Banking And The Triumph Of Technical Rationality
- What is a financial market? Global markets as microinstitutional and post-traditional social forms
- Auctions And Finance
- Interactions And Decisions In Trading
- Traders And Market Morality
- The Material Sociology Of Arbitrage
- Seeing Through The Eyes Of Others: Dissonance Within And Across Trading Rooms
- Market Efficiency: A Sociological Perspective
- Financial Analysts
- Rating Agencies
- Accounting And Finance
- The International Monetary Regime And Domestic Political Economy: The Origin Of The Global Financial Crisis
- A Long Strange Trip: The State And Mortgage Securitization, 1968–2010
- Dead Pledges: Mortgaging Time And Space
- Financial Crises As Symbols And Rituals
- The Sociology Of Financial Fraud
- The Disunity Of Finance: Alternative Practices To Western Finance
- Islamic Banking And Finance: Alternative Or Façade?
- Geographies Of Finance: The State-Enterprise Clusters Of China
- The Financialization Of Art
- Historical Sociology Of Modern Finance
- Gender And Finance
- The Role Of Confidence In Finance
- Finance In Modern Economic Thought
- Financial Automation, Past, Present, And Future
Abstract and Keywords
Studying financial traders is a productive way to understand the distinctive morality that emerges through the practice of exchange in global markets. Traders are fascinating subjects for social analysis, not only because of the fast rise of their profession, but also because, through their work, we can see how markets create cultural as well as monetary values. This article examines the role and positions of traders in finance, discussing among other things the transformation of their activities when computerized trading became dominant, as well as their public perception.
Caitlin Zaloom is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Business and of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University. Her research examines emerging forms of knowledge and practice related to financial risk. Her book Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (2006) showed how traders, managers, and technology designers enact formal ideals of economic reason in trading screens and dealing rooms. Zaloom is currently working on a book about the practices of household finance (around education, housing, health care, and retirement) in an age of debt.
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