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Competition and Spectacle in Finance
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

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Competition is often viewed as an essential ingredient of markets, and in this respect, financial markets seem to be the pinnacle of competition. What does it mean, though, to compete in a market? How can we observe competition in action, if at all? Based on ethnographic work conducted with traders in the US and the UK, I examine here the ways in which financial markets stage competition as a spectacle geared towards specific audiences, with the aim of addressing moral issues without which trading cannot take place.

Alex Preda is a sociologist and professor at King’s College London. His publications include Framing Finance: The Boundaries of Markets and Modern Capitalism and Noise: Living and Trading in Electronic Finance, both published with the University of Chicago Press. His current projects concern the financialization of the public sphere and rivalries in finance.

Date/Time06/04/2017 16:30-18:30
VenueRoom 929, 9/F. The Jockey Club Tower, HKU

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