Tag Archives: dispositivo/device

Devising or agencing markets?

[Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post invitado de Liz McFall conjuntamente con Charisma-Network. La nota es en inglés pero, como siempre, comentarios en español y portugués son muy bienvenidos]

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Valparaiso in Chile, where Joe Deville and I were taken by Charisma folk Tomas Ariztía and José Ossandón in the summer of 2012, is built around an amphitheatre looking towards the Pacific Ocean and north towards the neighbouring hills. It is a city constantly growing towards higher land.

The urban fabric … adapting to the slopes, generates its own language: one on top of another, the buildings position themselves to ensure command over the view, the sun, and proper ventilation. The volumes climb, rotate, or hang from streets that draw any degree of horizontal elevation, or on a slope, and take over the hillsides, the banks, or the encounter of the hills with the plain.  

This geo-architecture makes for some challenging market encounters since sharp corners and steep rises constantly fracture lines of sight (as you can’t quite see in the photo). Valparaiso endures as a city with a mercantile imagination to match its history but the adaptive ingenuity of this device still fascinated me. 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

Cfp_Domesticizing Financial Economies_Mini-Conference SASE 2014_Chicago

Invitamos en enviar resúmenes a la mini-conferencia “Domesticizing Financial Economies: Knitting Fibers of Transaction, Algorithm and Exchange” que formará parte de la Reunión de SASE 2014 en Chicago. Cordialmente, Jeanne Lazarus, Mariana Luzzi y José Ossandón

Domesticizing Financial Economies: Knitting Fibers of Transaction, Algorithm and Exchange

Social scientists looking for the institutional foundations of capitalism have often missed the way in which market economies, of all sorts, rely on the particular ways in which monetary transactions are knitted together with a range of other agents. This mini conference focuses its attention on the everyday encounters with monetary devices, commercial circuits, algorithms and financial assessment and exchange. By doing so it aims to bridge two stimulating areas in current social research. The first is the move within the social study of finance away from the trading floor to the highly specific ways in which monetary transactions are made, thought about and experienced. The second includes studies following how “big” transactional data is not only becoming a means for visualizing, assessing and targeting specific groups, but is also enabling the transaction itself to become a crucial site of global economic production.

Papers with varied disciplinary backgrounds discussing the following issues are welcome: Continue reading

Cfp_LAEMOS EXTENDED

Hace poco anunciamos acá el Cfp_para el sup tema 12 “Valuation devices and processes of organizing” de LAEMOS. Importante mencionar que se ha extendido el plazo para los abstracts hasta el 25 de Noviembre, 2013. Continue reading

Cfp_Special Issue: Everyday Debt and Credit.

Joe Deville envía el siguiente llamado a contribuciones que podrá ser de interés para lectores de este blog:

Call for Papers. Cultural Studies. Special Issue: Everyday Debt and Credit. Co-edited by Gregory J. Seigworth (Millersville University) and Joe Deville (Goldsmiths, University of London)

How do ordinary matters of credit and debt circulate through the space-times of the everyday and the intimate? How has their manner of circulation and the nature of their saturation into the lives of borrowers changed in the age of the app, of the mobile interface, of social media? What are the new technologically enabled effects of debt and credit? Where and how is everyday indebtedness felt by its users and inflected in and through the architectures and atmospheres surrounding them? And, further, what are these postures and practices of our emerging economy of debt and credit pointing toward? From the advent of digitally mediated peer to peer lending to credit scores consulted on first dates (calculating risk before date #2), from cloud-connected loyalty cards to mobile payment and wallet technologies, from the multi-pronged and carefully designed affective tactics of debt collectors to the strategies of gamification for savings and personal finance and more – the material and immaterial articulations of debt and credit have woven themselves ever more ubiquitously into the ecologies of the everyday. Continue reading

Cfp_5th LAEMOS Colloquium, Havana. Sub Theme 12. Valuation devices and processes of organizing

Call for Paper 5th LAEMOS Colloquium Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies. Havana, Cuba, 2-5 April 2014. Sub Theme 12. Valuation devices and processes of organizing. Sub theme Conveners: José Ossandón (Copenhagen Business School & Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile), Martin Kornberger (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Christian Frankel (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Tomás Ariztía (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Economic sociologists, anthropologists of markets, organization theorists, accounting scholars and others have brought the notion of value (back) on the agenda. In this context value is not understood as a noun but as a specific social material practice: rather than trying to define value as essence, the focus is on valuation practices and technologies of valuing. Here it becomes central to follow the trials (experiments, sales, revenue lists) and devices (rankings, ratings, surveys) that make things – firms, consumers, goods – comparable, accountable, rankable, in short: valuable. Continue reading

Leaky data: How Wonga makes lending decisions

[Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post conjuntamente con Charisma-Network. Joe Deville investiga el controversial uso que hace la empresa prestamista Wonga de las huellas que dejamos involuntariamente en internet para evaluar a sus potenciales clientes. Como siempre, comentarios – en español o inglés – son muy bienvenidos]

Wonga.com is not only the most high profile and controversial payday lender in the UK, it is also the most technologically advanced. By automatically sorting through 8,000 different data points, it claims to be particularly good at sorting borrowers who will repay from those who will not, based on its distinctive method of credit assessment. But, apart from Wonga insiders, no-one quite knows how this is done. I’m going to look at what you can learn from what is publically available – once you know how to look – and what the implications might be, as these practices spread.  Continue reading

Policy Entrepreneurs, Think Tanks y Trabajo Académico: Debates en torno a la ‘práctica intelectual’ y la construcción de la Política Pública.

Durante el mes de abril, uno de los temas que ocupó la agenda pública en Chile fue la destitución del Ministro de Educación Harald Beyer por parte del poder legislativo, hecho que se concretó el día 17 de abril de este año. Alrededor de este proceso fluyó de un modo más subterráneo una muy interesante discusión acerca de la calidad de académico e intelectual del mencionado Ministro. Por una parte el oficialismo, así como otros actores, a través de diversas alocuciones o cartas publicadas en medios de comunicación, declararon su abierto apoyo describiéndolo como un académico de larga trayectoria, un ‘intelectual latinoamericano’ (como la carta “Intelectuales de américa latina apoyan a harald beyer”). Sin embargo, por otra parte otros actores cuestionaron su identidad intelectual y/o académica,  aludiendo a que su currículum no cumpliría las exigencias propias que se imponen al actual trabajo académico, dando cuenta del mismo personaje como un mero operador proveniente de un Think Tank ligado a poderosos grupos empresariales. El interés de este debate para el presente post tiene que ver con cómo, a través de éste, se desenvuelve un dilema en torno a la naturaleza del trabajo académico y su relación con el desarrollo de políticas públicas.  Particularmente me interesa contribuir y estimular una conversación en torno a cómo nosotros, como actores de esto que denominamos trabajo académico, estamos participando de una suerte de fragmentación de nuestro propio trabajo académico ligado al espacio universitario, en el contexto de la emergencia cada vez más evidente de un nuevo actor, desplegado como actor ‘intelectual’, que ha tomado una creciente relevancia en los en la construcción de una política pública supuestamente inspiradas en argumentos técnicos y evidencia empírica. Este nuevo actor ha sido señalado por algunos autores (ver, por ejemplo Kingdom, 1995; y Mintrom y Norman, 2009)  como un emprendedor político (Policy Entrepreneurs). Continue reading

Assembling the Transactions Archive

Taylor Nelms nos cuenta de un muy interesante post y excelente invitación que comienza así:

“Debt seems to be all around us—in monthly credit card statements, newspaper headlines and debates about predatory lending, student loans, austerity and stimulus—and is again at the forefront of popular consciousness and the anthropological imagination. After the recent financial crisis, anthropologists have begun to question what we can contribute to this newly urgent consideration of debt and money. In this short commentary we introduce a potentially fruitful line of inquiry into debt as a set of material practices yielding its own artifacts, lasting and ephemeral. Our call for attention to the material cultures of debt and money is issued in conjunction with the announcement of a new online forum dedicated to documenting and reflecting upon transactions artifacts past, present and future. Continue reading

Cfp: Exploring the Performativity of Marketing

JOURNAL OF MARKETING MANAGEMENT SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS, Exploring the Performativity of Marketing: Theories, Practices and Devices. Guest Editors: Dr. Katy Mason, Lancaster University Management School, UK; Dr. Hans Kjellberg, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden; Dr. Johan Hagberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. All manuscripts submitted must strictly follow the guidelines for the Journal of Marketing Management. The closing date for submission is 29 November 2013 for publication in 2015.