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The Provoked Economy : Economic Reality and the Performative Turn.

Author: Fabian Muniesa
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: Culture, economy and the social.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Do things such as performance indicators, valuation formulas, consumer tests, stock prices or financial contracts represent an external reality? Or do they rather constitute, in a performative fashion, what they refer to? The Provoked Economy tackles this question from a pragmatist angle, considering economic reality as a ceaselessly provoked reality. It takes the reader through a series of diverse empirical sites -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Muniesa, Fabian.
Provoked Economy : Economic Reality and the Performative Turn.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fabian Muniesa
ISBN: 9781135089955 1135089957 130679823X 9781306798235
OCLC Number: 880530935
Description: 1 online resource (171 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; PART I The problem of performativity; 1 A few theoretical rudiments; The performative turn in the social sciences; Four distinctive philosophical problems; 2 The consideration of economic reality; Studies in the constitution of economic things; Economic naturalism against the practice of economizing; PART II Elementary case studies; 3 Recounting financial objects; The investment bank as a puzzle; The back office and the trouble with finalization; Processing descriptions through the banking space. Singular objects and written confirmationsThe valuation of financial objects as a problem of description; Technocratic mastery and back office intricacy; 4 Discovering stock prices; Making market perfection algorithmically explicit; Potential, real, virtual and actual prices; The trouble with second-order transparency; Provoking prices of particular kinds; 5 Testing consumer preferences; Performativity and the marketing simulacrum; Taming the test, taming the market; Becoming a measuring instrument; The experience of elicitation as provocation; The sociology of market testing. 6 Realizing business valueThe hermeneutics of the business subject; The object of valuation and the intuition of capitalization; 7 Indicating economic action; Masses of performance targets and indicators; Political or economic action; Quantifying scientific production; Indicating an economic effect; Provoking a state of economy; Tentative conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Culture, economy and the social.

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Do things such as performance indicators, valuation formulas, consumer tests, stock prices or financial contracts represent an external reality? Or do they rather constitute, in a performative fashion, what they refer to? The Provoked Economy tackles this question from a pragmatist angle, considering economic reality as a ceaselessly provoked reality. It takes the reader through a series of diverse empirical sites - from public administrations to stock exchanges, from investment banks to marketing facilities and business schools - in order to explore what can be seen fr.

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