CFP: Financialization and its Limits: History, Context, Culture

2 01 2013

Stream at Critical Management Studies 2013


Angus Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Spatial Organisation, University of Leicester School of Management.
David Harvie, Senior Lecturer in Finance and Political Economy, University of Leicester School of Management.
Geoffrey Lightfoot, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Accounting, University of Leicester School of Management
Simon Lilley, Professor of Information and Organisation, University of Leicester School of Management
Yuval Millo, Professor of Social Studies of Finance and Management Accounting, University of Leicester School of Management

Any discussion of the limits of neoliberalism would be incomplete with consideration of the roles of finance and financialization (Amato and Fantacci 2012). But, research within the social sciences of management, finance and, to a lesser extent, accounting has treated finance as standing apart from other disciplines. This has led to consideration of financialization as a unilateral process: that finance acts upon society as if it were wholly external and self-evident. This is, in part, derived from a particular conception of finance as a purely mathematical/quantitative field, although this formulation is relatively recent, emerging only in the 1960s with the so-called New Finance.

As a result, financialization, as it is understood today (Johal et al. 2006), masks, in effect, a process that is fundamentally emergent and therefore incomplete (Poovey 1998). In particular, valuation, which lies at the heart of finance, is routinely presented as an objective, unproblematic practice. Yet, we argue, valuation is always political, as it selects a single expression of value, excluding all possible alternatives (Martin 2002) and thus circumscribing the field of possibilities. This might be no problem whilst it remains within sterile models, but once the social and political acts of valuation interact with lifeworlds that have not been redacted to the same extent, the collision is always unpredictable and potentially violent.

We invite papers that explore these issues, possibly touching upon the following themes:

  • Big Society
    Cultures of finance
    Finance as methodology
    Financialization as performativity
    Food crisis
    Historicizing finance and histories of financialization
    Other financial imaginaries

Deadline 31st January 2013




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