How Economic Agents are Constructed
Financial markets, processes, and instruments are often difficult to fathom; the credit crisis highlights both their importance and their fragility. In this book, MacKenzie, one of the most perceptive analysts of the financial world, puts forward a material sociology of markets, rooted in the actors and agents that shape modern finance.
1. Introduction; 2. Ten Precepts for the Social Studies of Finance; 3. Assembling an Economic Actor; 4. Derivatives: The Production of Virtuality; 5. The Material Sociology of Arbitrage; 6. Measuring Profit; 7. Constructing Emissions Markets; 8. Conclusion: Opening the Black Boxes of Finance