Opinions: The Anthropology of Finance Beyond Culture and Society: Prospects for Ethnographies of Finance

Daromir Rudnyckyj
One of the more salutory effects of the financial crisis in 2007-8 has been the realization, even by some economists, that numbers do not explain everything and that social forms and relations also play a major part in financial trading. Here anthropologists (and some sociologists) have come to the fore. The JBA therefore asked a number of scholars to write an opinion piece about different aspects of the anthropology of finance that interested them. Here is what some of them kindly contributed.
more » ... kindly contributed. Finance has recently attracted an upsurge of interest among ethnographically oriented social scientists and this attention has increased dramatically in the wake of recent financial crises that have swept across Europe, the United States, and beyond. Much of the recent sociological and anthropological work on finance has built on research that has sought to understand the effects of expert knowledge on human life and ways of living, especially in science and technology studies. Social studies of finance have sought to open up the black box of finance to