Reading List


Boltanski, L. and È. Chiapello (2007 [2004]). The New Spirit of Capitalism. London and New York, Verso, especially intro, chapter 7 and conclusion * Thrift, N. (1997). “The Rise of Soft Capitalism.” Cultural Values 1(1): 29B57.

Thrift, N. (2001). “‘It’s the romance, not the finance, that makes the business worth pursuing’: disclosing a new market culture.” Economy and Society 30(4): 412B432.

* Yanagisako, S. (2012). “Immaterial and industrial labor: On false binaries in Hardt and Negri’s trilogy.” Focaal 64: 16B23.

Case Studies

* Bear, L. (2013). “The Antinomies of Audit: Opacity, Instability and Charisma in the Economic Governance of a Hooghly Shipyard.” Economy and Society 42(3): 375B397.

Cross, J. (2011). “Detachment as a corporate ethic: Materializing CSR in the diamond supply chain.” Focaal 60(1): 34B46.

* Foster, R. J. (2013). “Things to do with brands B Creating and calculating value.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3(1): 44B63.

* O’Dougherty, M. (2006). “Public relations, private security: managing youth and race at the Mall of America.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26: 131B154.

Wilson, A. (2004) The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons and Avon Ladies in the Global City. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London, University of California Press. (esp. Introduction, ch.2 & ch.3)

Further Reading

Anders, G. (2008). “The Normativity of Numbers: World Bank and IMF Conditionality.” PoLAR B Political and Legal Anthropology Review 31(2): 187B202.

Bourgoin, A. and F. Muniesa (2012) “Making a consultancy slideshow ‘rock solid’: a study of pragmatic efficacy” CSI Working Papers Series 027. Available at:

De Genova, N. (2010). “The management of ‘‘quality’’: class decomposition and racial formation in a Chicago factory.” Dialectical Anthropology 34: 249B272.

Durkheim, E. (1984). The Division of Labour in Society. Hampshire and London, Macmillan.

Ericson, R., D. Barry and A. Doyle (2000). “The moral Hazards of neo-liberalism: lessons from the private insurance industry.” Economy and Society 29(4): 532B558.

Freeman, C. “Femininity and Flexible Labor – Fashioning class through gender on the global assembly line.” Critique of Anthropology 18(3): 245B262.

Graeber, D. (2013). “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs B A Work Rant.” Strike Magazine Summer: Online at (accessed 20 October 2015).

Levy, S. (2014 [1984]). “A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge” Backchannel [Harpers Magazine], Available at

Mazzarella, W. (2003). “”Very Bombay”: Contending with the Global in an Indian Advertising Agency.” Cultural Anthropology 18(1): 33B71.

Zaloom, C. (2009). “How to Read the Future: The Yield Curve, Affect, and Financial Prediction.” Public Culture 21(2): 245B268