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New book: Markets and the Arts of Attachment

[Routledge acaba de publicar un nuevo libro – Markets and the Arts of Attachment, editado por Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville, Liz McFall – de posible interés para los lectores de este blog]

Markets and the Arts of Attachment (Hardback) book coverMarkets and the Arts of Attachment, edited by Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville, Liz McFall

Table of Contents

Introduction: Markets and the Arts of Attachment, (Liz McFall, Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville)

  1. From Social Ties to Socio-Economic Attachments: A Matter of Selection and Collection, (Franck Cochoy)
  2. Manufacturing the Consumer’s Truth: The Uses of Consumer Research in Advertising Inquiry, (Tomas Ariztia)
  3. Marketing and the Domestication of Social Media, (Kevin Mellet)
  4. Interfacing Attachments: The Multivalence of Brands, (Carolin Gerlitz)
  5. You are a Star Customer, Please Hold the Line…’: CRM and the Socio-Technical Inscriptions of Market Attachment, (Alexandre Mallard)
  6. The Market will Have you: The Arts of Market Attachment in a Digital Economy, (Liz McFall and Joe Deville)
  7. ‘My Story has no Strings Attached’: Credit Cards, Market Devices and a Stone Guest, (José Ossandón)
  8. From Market Relations to Romantic Ties: The Tests of Internet Dating, (Emmanuel Kessous)
  9. Acquiring Associations: On the Unexpected Social Consequences of Possessive Relations, (Hans Kjellberg)

Afterword: The Devices of Attachment, (Michel Callon)

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Cfp_Domesticizing Financial Economies: Part 3 SASE 2016

[Invitamos en enviar resúmenes a la mini-conferencia “Domesticizing Financial Economies, Part 3 (y final!)”: que formará parte de la Reunión de SASE 2016 que se llevará a cabo en Berkeley del 24 al 26 Junio. La fecha límite para enviar resúmenes es el 18 de enero. Cordialmente, Joe Deville, Jeanne Lazarus, Mariana Luzzi y José Ossandón] 

Domesticizing Financial Economies: Part 3. Call for papers for mini-conference at SASE 28th Annual Conference, ‘Moral Economies, Economic Moralities’. June 24-26, 2016,  University of California, Berkeley. Organizers: Joe Deville, Jeanne Lazarus, Mariana Luzzi, and José Ossandón.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: January 18th, 2016.

The mini-conference “Domesticizing financial economies, part 3” will pursue the rich and exciting discussions of the first two Domesticizing financial economies mini-conferences, held at Chicago and London at the 2014 and 2015 SASE meetings. Our starting point is that the use of even the most sophisticated financial products can be understood in the light of a close empirical description of their various social and technical contexts, ranging from social ties and obligations, to ways of calculating, to specific devices and informational infrastructures. Rather than (or as well as) seeking to understand how financial economies are “economized”, to draw on a term used by Koray Çalışkan and Michel Callon, we are thus interested in work that explores how monetary transactions are woven into the fabric of the everyday and come to be “domesticized”. Continue reading

Cfp_Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets

Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets. A workshop with Paul Langley and Liz McFall, 3-4 March 2016, Budapest, Hungary, ELTE University.

The 2007-8 global financial crisis was interpreted by many as a challenge to mainstream economics and as an opportunity for social sciences to provide alternative explanations. This opportunity has hardly been realised, even though the crisis has given further impetus to studies looking at credit and debt outside the economics discipline. One of the reasons lays in the disciplinary variety and theoretical lenses used by social sciences, ranging from economic sociology to economic geography, political economy and social studies of finance, which arguably do not provide a uniform, let alone universal explanation as economics does.  Continue reading

Economic Sociology The European Electronic Newsletter: Insurance after markets

EconSoc_16_3Esta semana apareció un nuevo issue de Economic Sociology The European Electronic Newsletter. Este es el primer número coordinado por la editora de 2015-2016 Zsuzsanna Vargha. El tema es “Insurance after Markets” y además de contribuciones de Liz McFall, Mike Power, Shaun French & James Kneale y Deborah Mabbett, incluye el artículo “Insurance and the sociologies of markets” de José Ossandón. En la sección “PhD Projects”, Gustavo Onto cuenta sobre su tesis. Número completo disponible en: Continue reading

Where do groovy markets come from? A conversation with Liz McFall

Liz McFall (Head of the Department of Sociology at the Open University, one of the editors of the Journal of Cultural Economy and site manager of Charisma-Market Studies) has been crafting a very distinctive approach, in the context of recent SSF, to finance. She doesn’t write about esoteric derivatives but about domestic financial goods such as insurance and consumer lending. Most of her research is based on historical data, not on interviews or participant observation, and her conceptual interest is not calculation, rankings or formulae but charisma. In this conversation, carried out last May in Copenhagen, I use McFall’s last book Devising Consumption. Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending as an excuse to make her expand on some of the characteristic features of her work.

Q1. Devising Consumption has five main chapters, accordingly have I prepared five questions, although, and I am sorry for that, my questions neither follow the order of the book nor do they necessarily correspond to particular chapters. Continue reading

Book Launch: how it became easier to borrow than to save

[From Charisma-Network] Book launch, Joe Deville’s ‘Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect’ and Liz McFall’s ‘Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending’, discussion & drinks reception. 6.00 – 8.15pm, Wednesday 29th April 2015. St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ (near Old Street / Barbican). Continue reading

Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies Contemporary Currents

Oxford University Press publicó recientemente el Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies Contemporary Currents editado por Paul S. Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan y Michael Reed. El libro es una colección de 30 capítulos, la mayoría escrito por autores que han inspirado algunas de las discusiones en este blog (como F. Cochoy, B. Czarniawska, M. Power, P. Miller) y de temas tales como Garfinkel, Luhmann, Callon, Latour, Foucault, economía de las convenciones y análisis comparado del capitalismo. Entre ellos va el capítulo: “What’s new in the ‘new, new economic sociology’ and should Organization Studies care?” de Liz McFall & José Ossandón (para los interesados una versión de borrador disponible acá). Link a tabla de contenido y capítulo de introducción: Continue reading

Cfp_EGOS Sub-theme 25: Devising Markets and Other Valuation Sites

Devising Markets and Other Valuation Sites. Convened by Liz McFall, Claes-Frederik Helgesson and Pascale Trompette. Invites papers exploring how markets and other valuation sites are ‘devised’ through the interaction of practices, processes and technologies. The aim is to further develop understanding of the role of knowledge and devices in shaping economies and markets in two ways.

  • First, this sub-theme will explore the dynamic practices of ‘devising’. What forms of reasoning, reflexivity and responsibility are at play and how are they distributed across markets and other sites?
  • Second, it considers how things become objects of quantification, judgement and valuation. What gets quantified, calculated, judged and valued as part of this ‘devising work’, by whom and for what purposes.

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Consuming Credit: Special Issue of Consumption Markets and Culture

[Copiamos esta noticia de los amigos de Charisma Network avisando del número especial recién publicado en Consumption Markets & Culture que podrá de interés de los lectores de este blog]

‘Consuming Credit’, a new Special Issue of Consumption Markets & Culture, has just been published. The collection is edited by Paul Langley and is populated, in its entirety, by members of the Charisma network. It can be accessed here.

Here is an edited extract from Paul’s introduction to the issue in which he also recounts some of the origins of Charisma:

While making credit available to make consumption possible has a very long history indeed, it is the consolidated mass markets and cultures of contemporary consumer credit that provide the focus for this special issue. Contemporary consumer credit comes in a diverse variety of forms and product ranges. This includes, for example, instalment plans for the dedicated purchase of automobiles and “big ticket” items; unsecured loans of all shapes and sizes, such as short-term and small “pay-day” loans; and the bank overdrafts and “revolving” lines of credit on credit cards that do not have to be completely repaid at the end of each month. The interest rates payable on consumer credit diverge greatly within and across product markets and between consumers, and fluctuate over time. And, although significant social and geographical exclusions, inequalities and differentiations remain as consumer credit markets become more established and entrenched, credit for consumption is today more readily and widely available (at a price) to individuals, families and households. Continue reading

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]


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