olivier godechot

1. Introduction

Organization of the seminar.


2. Historical approach of financial markets


Carruthers Bruce, 1996, “Trading on the London Stock Market”, In: City of Capital. Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution, Princeton University Press, p. 160-194.

Weber Max, 2000, “Stock and Commodity Exchanges [“Die Börse” (1894)]”, Theory and Society, 29(3), p. 305-338.

In French: Weber Max, 2010, Première partie, La bourse, Editions Allia.

3. Financialization


Krippner Greta, 2001, Chapter 3. “The Social Politics of U.S. Financial Deregulation”, Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance, Harvard University Press.


Godechot Olivier, 2012, « Is finance responsible for the rise in wage inequality in France? », Socio-Economic Review, 10 (2), p. 1-24.

4. The performativity of financial theories


Muniesa Fabian, 2007, “Market technologies and the pragmatics of prices”, Economy and Society, 36 (3), 377-395


MacKenzie Donald, Millo Yuval, 2003, “Constructing a market, performing theory: the historical sociology of a financial derivatives exchange”, American journal of sociology, 109 (1). 107-145.


In French: MacKenzie Donald, Millo Yuval, 2003, « Construction d'un marché et performation théorique : sociologie historique d'une bourse de produits dérivés financiers », Réseaux, vol. 21, n°122, p. 15-61.


5. Working on the market


Knorr-Cetina Karin, Bruegger Urs, “Global Microstructures: The Virtual Societies of Financial Markets”, American Journal of Sociology, 107(4): 905-950.


Roth Louise-Marie, 2006, “Making the team. Managers, Peers, and Surbodinates”, Selling Women Short, Princeton University Press.

6. Rationalities


Smith Charles, 1999, Part 2. “The true believers”, Success and survival. Understanding the mind of the market, Rowman and Littlefeld, p. 25-72.


Godechot Olivier, 2000, “Le bazar de la rationalité”, Politix, 13(52), 17-57.

In English: Godechot Olivier, 2000, “The bazaar of rationality”, Mimeo.

7. Social networks, prices and profits


Saavedraa Serguei, Hagerty Kathleen, Uzzi Brian, 2011. “Synchronicity, instant messaging, and performance among financial traders”, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 1018462108v1-201018462

Saavedra Serguei, Duch Jordi, Uzzi Brian. “Tracking traders’ understanding of the market using e-communication data”, PLoS ONE 6(10): e26705.


Baker Wayne, 1984, « The Social Structure of a National Securities Market », American Journal of Sociology, vol. 89, n°4, p. 775-811.

In French: Baker Wayne, 2005, “La structure sociale d’un marché à la criée”, Idees, n° 139, mars 2005, 56-69 et Idees, n° 140, juin 2005, 58-68.

8. Financial categories


Beunza Daniel, Garud Raghu, 2007. “Calculators, lemmings or frame-makers? the intermediary role of securities analysts”. The sociological review, 55 (s2), p. 13-39.


Zuckerman Ezra, 2004. “Structural Incoherence and Stock Market Activity”, American Sociological Review, vol. 69, n°3, p. 405-432.

9. Finance labor market


Groysberg Boris, Linda-Eling Lee, Ashish Nanda, 2008, « Can They Take It with Them? The Portability of Star Knowledge Workers' Performance: Myth or Reality » Management Science, vol. 54, p. 1213 – 1230.


Godechot Olivier, 2008, “"Hold-up" in finance: the conditions of possibility for high bonuses in the financial industry”, Revue française de sociologie, vol. 49, Supplement Annual English Edition, p. 95-123.

In French: Godechot Olivier, 2006, « Hold-up en finance. Les conditions de possibilité des bonus élevés dans l'industrie financière », Revue française de sociologie, vol. 47, n°2, p. 341-371.

10. Finance and transformations of firms


Heilbron, Johan, Verheul Jochem, Quak Sander, 2013, “The origins and early diffusion of “shareholder value” in the United States”, Theory and Society,


Dobbin Frank, Jung Jiwook, 2013, “The Fund Manager-Value Revolution: How Institutional Investors Rewrote Shareholder Value”, Mimeo.

11. When finance gets into crisis


MacKenzie Donald, 2011, “The Credit Crisis as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge”, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 116, No. 6 (May 2011), pp. 1778-1841.


Fligstein Neil, Goldstein Adam, 2010, “The Anatomy of the Mortgage Securitization Crisis”, in Markets on Trial, part A, Emerald, 29-70.


12. Final exam



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