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The Anthropology of Finance Policy: Institutional investors and fiduciary duties as organizing principles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Institutions manage the economic assets on behalf of others and are more frequently doing so within a framework of  “active ownership” - a space where financial actors must consider issues other than the strictly economic ones.


While the anthropology of finance is developing a considerable body of literature, the same cannot be said for an anthropology of finance policy.  The latter field is in its infancy, yet so many issues of finance policy could usefully be addressed by anthropologists.  This Roundtable is intended to begin a discussion on finance from the perspective of the anthropology of policy—and all that this entails in terms of focus, object of study, ethics, method, and the importance of close ethnographic research of policy processes in the financial sector.

The Roundtable will address such questions as these: What do policies do in the world of finance? What policies exist? For and by whom do they exist, and how are they shaped? If policies are “organizing principles” what do the policies of the financial sector organize? 

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Keyword [en]
anthropology of policy, financial policy
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94660OAI: diva2:654765
American Anthropological Association
Available from: 2013-10-08 Created: 2013-10-08 Last updated: 2013-10-24

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