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Market Devices

Market Devices

Michel Callon (Editor), Yuval Millo (Editor), Fabian Muniesa (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17028-4

Sep 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

326 pages

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A set of novel contributions exploring the sociology of ‘market devices’ - the analysis of the various sorts of technical instruments that intervene in the shaping and reshaping of markets.

  • Explores how market devices are set to configure economic calculative capacities and observes the part they play in the marketability of goods and services
  • Includes a wide array of objects that have been often overlooked in sociological analysis from pricing models to merchandising tools, from trading protocols to aggregate indicators
  • Analyses the performative aspects of knowledge and expertise needed in adjusting and calibrating marketing devices
  • Includes original empirical material from the emerging intersection between economic sociology and science and technology studies
1. An Introduction to Market Devices: Fabian Muniesa, Yuval Millo and Michel Callon.

2. Calculators, Lemmings or Frame-makers? The Intermediary Role of Securities Analysts: Daniel Beunza and Raghu Garud.

3. Where Do Analysts Come From? The Case of Financial Chartism: Alex Preda.

4. The Death of a Salesman? Reconfiguring Economic Exchange in Swedish Post-war Food Distribution: Hans Kjellberg.

5. Struggling to Be Displayed at the Point of Purchase: The Emergence of Merchandising in French Supermarkets: Sandrine Barrey.

6. A Sociology of Market-things: On Tending the Garden of Choices in Mass Retailing: Franck Cochoy.

7. A Market of Opinions: The Political Epistemology of Focus Groups: Javier Lezaun.

8. Performance Testing: Dissection of a Consumerist Experiment: Alexandre Mallard.

9. Framing Fish, Making Markets: The Construction of Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs): Petter Holm and Kåre Nolde Nielsen.

10. Making Things Deliverable: The Origins of Index-based Derivatives: Yuval Millo.

11. The Q(u)ALYfying Hand: Health Economics and Medicine in the Shaping of Swedish Mmarkets for Subsidized Pharmaceuticals: Ebba Sjögren and Claes-Fredrik Helgesson.

12. Price as a Market Device: Cotton Trading in Izmir Mercantile Exchange: Koray Caliskan.

13. Parasitic Formulae: The Case of Capital Guarantee Products: Vincent-Antonin Lépinay.

14. Scorecards as Devices for Consumer Credit: The Case of Fair, Isaac & Company Incorporated: Martha Poon.

Notes on Contributors.

Index


  • Addresses the crucial role of technical instruments in the construction of markets
  • Explores how market devices are set to configure economic calculative capacities and observes the part they play in the marketability of goods and services
  • Includes a wide array of objects that have been often overlooked in sociological analysis from pricing models to merchandising tools, from trading protocols to aggregate indicators
  • Analyses the performative aspects of knowledge and expertise needed in adjusting and calibrating marketing devices
  • Includes original empirical material from the emerging intersection between economic sociology and science and technology studies