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¿Cómo escribir lo social? Nuevo número de Cuadernos de Teoría Social

cuadernos 2Acaba de ser publicado el segundo número de la revista Cuadernos de Teoría Social.  El número editado por Rodrigo Cordero y Franciso Salinas se titula “¿Cómo escribir lo social?“e incluye tres contribuciones. El experimento colectivo a “46 manos” (con la participación de los contribuidores de EdlE: Tomás Ariztía y Mariana Heredia) “¿Cómo escribir lo social?“.  El artículo de Elisabeth Simbürger “El género y la escritura selectiva de la teoría social“. Y el artículo de José Ossandón “Cómo escribir lo social después de la performatividad y sus obstrucciones?“. Este último – a partir de una comparación entre The Provoked Economy de F. Muniesa y otros textos del a veces denominado “nuevo pragmatismo francés” de Serres, Latour y Boltanski – especula sobre las consecuencias del reciente giro performativo sobre las reglas sobre cómo escribir teoría social hoy.

“My Story Has No Strings Attached”: Credit Cards, Market Devices, and a Stone Guest

[Los amigos del Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion- UC Irvine publicaron como documento de trabajo, la versión actual de un experimento sobre deudas y tarjetas de crédito en Chile del que ya hemos discutido acá]

My Story Has No Strings Attached”: Credit Cards, Market Devices, and a Stone Guest. José Ossandón


In the retail industry, consumer credit is sometimes seen as a dangerous parasite that can become bigger than its host. Credit cards are marketing devices that aim at easing the attachment between consumers and goods. Credit cards are also value meters that trace every single transaction. Credit cards can even be “gardening” tools. Sowing is the name used in Chile’s retail industry to call the data management strategy that consists of extending the credit limit of low income customers depending on their payment behavior. Data on previous transactions and behavior replaces collateral. Credit cards are not only used by the persons whose names are on the cards; People borrow and loan their cards, or, more precisely, their cards’ credit limits. Credit cards do not trace behavior but hidden networks. Can social relations act as parasites on credit – uninvited guests whose host is already a parasite? This article tells the story of a study that started in the middle – credit cards – and slowly became a Serresian economic anthropology. Continue reading

Low and high finance studies after performativity: a speculative workshop report

[Como parte de nuestra colaboración inter-redes publicamos este post conjuntamente con Charisma-Network y Socializing Finance. Como siempre, comentarios – en español o inglés – son muy bienvenidos]


On June 21 and 22 I participated in the workshop “Understanding the Knitting: new methods for investigating the interactions of low and high finance” supported by The Open and Leicester universities and organized by Joe Deville, Karen D. Ho, Liz McFall, Yuval Millo and Zsuzsanna Vargha. As expected -considering the excellent line-up and the space given by the organizers for open experimental presentations -, this was a very rich, interesting and fun event. In this quite (I am sorry for that) dense text, I draw from what happened in the workshop in order to suggest a series of questions speculating about the knots knitting “low” and “high” finance and our place as finance students there. Continue reading