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Title: Placing the ‘post-social’ market: Identity and spatiality in the xeno-economy
Authors: Cameron, Angus
Lightfoot, Geoff
Lilley, Simon
Brown, Steven D.
First Published: 1-Sep-2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Marketing Theory, 2010, 10 (3), pp. 299-312.
Abstract: Following Knorr Cetina and Bruegger (2002), an understanding of financial markets as ‘post-social’ environments has gained sway. This claim is premised on the idea that new technologies, in particular screen displays of complex real-time financial information, have displaced ‘the market’ from the social and economic relations in which it might otherwise be assumed to be embedded. We argue that recent historical transformations in trading and markets are better characterized as ‘re-spatializations’ involving shifts in the placing and mediation of market spatiality. Material from the City Lives project and other sources is analysed to explore the transformation of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) from the early 1980s onwards. Using the notion of ‘xeno-economy’ (cf. Rotman’s (1987) ‘xeno-money’) it is argued that the spatial redistributions of the market did not so much efface sociality as set up new kinds of relations between local traders and institutions, notably mediated through geographical displaced ‘trading arcades’. The immanence of modes of sociality to markets as intrinsically and necessarily social objects is thereby emphasized.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1470593110373182
ISSN: 1470-5931
Version: Post print
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2010. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
This paper was published as Marketing Theory, 2010, 10 (3), pp. 299-312. It is available from Doi: 10.1177/1470593110373182
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