Virtual Event (recordings available below)
Monday, June 12, 2023 from 12pm to 3pm ET
UPDATE: An informative summary of this book salon event can be found in the American Sociological Association’s Summer 2023 Newsletter.
Financial sociologists contribute important insights to analyses of today’s political economy. This event convenes the authors of nine recent books – all published since 2020 – into a series of panel conversations. The first panel will explore moral questions in the legal gray areas within financial markets that are variously considered to have normative import or not. The second panel will investigate how central bankers and organizers of financial markets make their projects visible to some members of society but not others. The third and final panel will ask which elements of the current financial system are roadblocks on the path to a new democratic political economy, and which ones can be leveraged to achieve a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable society.
- Daniel Beunza (Bayes Business School, City University London)
- Pierre-Christian Fink (Program on Law and Political Economy, Harvard University)
12PM – 12:55PM | Morality and Immorality of Finance (recording)
- Jakob Feinig. 2022. Moral Economies of Money: Politics and the Monetary Constitution of Society. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Kimberly Kay Hoang. 2022. Spiderweb Capitalism: How Global Elites Exploit Frontier Markets. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Simone Polillo. 2020. The Ascent of Market Efficiency: Finance That Cannot Be Proven. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
1pm – 1:55 pm | Visibility and Invisibility of Finance (recording)
- Donald MacKenzie. 2021. Trading at the Speed of Light: How Ultrafast Algorithms Are Transforming Financial Markets. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Philip Roscoe. 2023. How to Build a Stock Exchange: The Past, Present and Future of Finance. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
- Leon Wansleben. 2023. The Rise of Central Banks: State Power in Financial Capitalism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
2pm – 3pm | Possible and Impossible Futures (recording)
- Fred Block and Robert Hockett, eds. 2022. Democratizing Finance: Restructuring Credit to Transform Society. London: Verso.
- Terri Friedline. 2020. Banking on a Revolution: Why Financial Technology Won’t Save a Broken System. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Robert Meister. 2021. Justice Is an Option: A Democratic Theory of Finance for the Twenty-First Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.