• The Social Life of Financial Derivatives: Markets, Risk, and Time

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  • “During the past forty years society has become increasingly financialized, driven by the growth of derivative assets and the derivative style of thinking. But the theory behind derivatives’ trading, though compelling in parts, leads to a practice involving ritual and magical thinking. Edward LiPuma appropriately brings an anthropologist’s eye to the role of derivatives and risk in society, providing a deep and fascinating account of how to turn derivatives’ power to the interests of the collective good.” — Emanuel Derman, author of Models.Behaving.Badly: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and

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    In The Social Life of Financial Derivatives Edward LiPuma theorizes the profound social dimensions of derivatives markets and the processes, rituals, and belief systems that drive them. In response to the 2008 financial crisis and drawing on his experience trading derivatives, LiPuma outlines how they function as complex devices that organize speculative capital as well as the ways derivative-driven capitalism not only produces the conditions for its own existence, but penetrates the fabric of everyday life. Framing finance as a form of social life and highlighting the intrinsically social character of financial derivatives, LiPuma deepens our understanding of derivatives so that we may someday use them to serve the interests of the collective good.

    About The Author(s)

    Edward LiPuma is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Miami and the author of Financial Derivatives and the Globalization of Risk, also published by Duke University Press.
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