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Back in the bazaar: taking Pierre Bourdieu to a trading room



Type:   Article
Titre:   Back in the bazaar: taking Pierre Bourdieu to a trading room
Auteur(s):   Godechot, Olivier - Observatoire sociologique du changement (Auteur)
In:   Journal of Cultural Economy
Date de publication:   2016-03
Volume:   9
Numéro:   4
Pages:   410-429  p.
ISSN:   17530350
DOI:   10.1080/17530350.2015.1116461
Mots-clés:   [en] Finance, Rationality, Field theory, Habitus, Class
Résumé:   [en] Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu's theory of aesthetic judgment, this text offers an inductive account of financial reasoning inside a trading room. Driven to maximise bank profits, trading room operators do not find ‘one best way’. Rather they choose among several possible winning strategies: mathematical arbitrage, economic analysis, chartist analysis. These strategies differ sharply from one another in their conception of the market, method, proximity to scholarly knowledge, and legitimacy. We show that the choice of one method depends on a system of tastes and distastes that are both historical – depending on individuals’ social and educational background – and relational – depending on the individual's relative position within the trading room viewed as a field.


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