[Marxism] Cultures of Finance Summer Institute: The Wealth of Society: A Politics For Derivatives

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 10:57:41 MST 2013

Thanks, Sean, this is reassuring. And I'll take a look at those books.

And I applied the adjective "bourgeois" precisely to differentiate the
ones mentioned from radical sociologists or anthropologists.


On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM, Sean Andrews <cultstud76 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> I don't know exactly what they will be doing, but LiPuma and Lee's book on
> Derivatives is pretty smart and very concrete. It is not a screed by any
> means and I confess I learned a great deal about how they work (and why
> they are necessary). Not as good as Bryan and Rafferty, but still.
> Martin is a wild card, but has several solid books on financialization and
> risk; and Bob Miester is no slouch.
> http://rethinkingcapitalism.ucsc.edu/about-3
> Appadurai is my only concern - I've never quite understood why he's seen as
> so insightful - definitely a primary candidate for wallowing in a fantasy
> world.
> In any case I wouldn't call all anthropologists and sociologists
> "bourgeois" per se. A lot can be gleaned from ethnographic research and
> there are plenty of radical sociologists out there. And while the course
> has a narrow focus (derivatives seem central) that is how a complex social
> totality must be approached: abstracted piece by piece and then brought
> back into conversation with the whole.
> Thanks for pointing it out.
> sean

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