What Does Taking the Floor Do? Commentary on Daniel Beunza’s Taking the Floor
Keywords:SSF, Sociology of Finance, Economic Sociology
Daniel Beunza’s Taking the Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room is a carefully and well written book. It is clearly argued, and the ethnographic description flows nicely. Nevertheless, this is a book that left this reader thinking how one should understand it. This text expands on that puzzle. It asks what does this book do? The answer unfolds in three sections, the first explores what this book does in terms of its argument, the second does it in terms of its writing, and the third inspects the particular dramatization this book stages.
Beunza, D. (2019). Taking the Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Beunza, D. (2020). Finance [Radio broadcast]. BBC Radio 4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kfr0
Beunza, D. & Stark, D. (2003). The Organization of Responsiveness: Innovation and Recovery in the Trading Rooms of Lower Manhattan. Socio-Economic Review, 1(2), 135–164. https://doi.org/10.1093/soceco/1.2.135
Beunza, D. & Stark, D. (2004). Tools of the Trade: The Socio-technology of Arbitrage in a Wall Street Trading Room. Industrial and Corporate Change, 13(2), 369–400. https://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dth015
Bolaño, R. (1998). Los Detectives Salvajes. Barcelona: Anagrama.
Bolaño, R. (2017). Roberto Bolaño la belleza de pensar [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4opmK0SO-J8
Castaneda, C. (1998). The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1994). What is Philosophy?. New York: Columbia University Press.
Goffman, E. (1989). On Fieldwork. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 18(2), 123–132. https://doi.org/10.1177/089124189018002001
Lépinay, V.A. (2011). Codes of Finance. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
MacKenzie, D. (2022). Baboon Sociology? Commentary on Daniel Beunza’s Taking the Floor. Sociologica, 16(1), 71–74. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/14724
MacKenzie, D. & Millo, Y. (2003). Constructing a Market, Performing Theory: The Historical Sociology of a Financial Derivatives Exchange. American Journal of Sociology, 109(1), 107–145. https://doi.org/10.1086/374404
McFall, L. & Ossandón, J. (2014). What’s New in the “New, New Economic Sociology” and Should Organisation Studies Care? In P. Adler, P. du Gay, G. Morgan, & M. Reed (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents (pp. 510–533). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Muniesa, F., Millo, Y., & Callon, M. (2007). An Introduction to Market Devices. The Sociological Review, 55(2_suppl), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2007.00727.x
Ossandón, J. (2019). How to Write after Performativity. In A. Blok, I. Farías, & C. Roberts (Eds.), A Routledge Companion to Actor Network Theory (pp. 46–55). Abindgon: Routledge.
Ossandón, J. (2020). Reading as Theorizing. A Conjecture Based on “The Savage Detectives” Mode of Inquiry. In C. de Cock, C. Huber, S. Nørholm Just, & D. O’Doherty (Eds.), Organization 2666: Literary Troubling, Undoing and Refusal (pp. 45–61). New York, NY: Springer.
Stengers, I. (2010). Cosmopolitics I. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Swidler, A. (1986). Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies. American Sociological Review, 51(2), 273–286. https://doi.org/10.2307/2095521
Tett, G. (2021). The Empty Office: What We Lose When We Work from Home. The Guardian, 3 June. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/03/the-empty-office-what-we-lose-when-we-work-from-home
Zaloom, C. (2006). Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Zelizer, V.A. (2013). Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2022 José Ossandón
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.