Members: Fabian Muniesa, Liliana Doganova, Horacio Ortiz, Álvaro Pina-Stranger, Florence Paterson, Alaric Bourgoin, Véra Ehrenstein, Pierre-André Juven, David Pontille, Başak Saraç-Lesavre, Guillaume Yon
What does it suggest to show anything into capital? What does contemplating issues as resources entail? What does the superiority of an investor’s perspective require? what's this tradition of valuation that asks that we capitalize on every little thing? How do we make feel of the characteristics, must haves and upshots of this pervasive cultural situation?
This ebook takes the reader to an ethnographic walk down the path of capitalization. Start-up businesses, study facilities, consulting organizations, kingdom firms, funding banks, public administrations: the territory can definitely end up unusual and disorienting at the start sight, with its blurred obstacles among inner most appropriation and public curiosity, financial sanity and ethical breakdown, the literal and the metaphorical, the sensible and the ideological. The tourist definitely calls for a resolutely pragmatist angle, and a flavor for the meanders of signification. yet in all of the websites during which we set foot during this inquiry we realize a routine semiotic complicated: a situation of valuation within which issues symbolize by way of advantage in their ability to develop into resources within the eye of an imagined investor.
A ground-breaking anthropological research at the tradition of up to date capitalism, this paintings directs recognition to the mostly unexplored challenge of capitalization and provides a serious source for present debates on neoliberalism and financialization.
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The value (their words) that is negotiated has two dimensions: the amount of money that the investor is going to put into the company, and the share of the company’s equity to which that amount shall correspond. The founding partnership encapsulated in the master narrative supposes that investors and scientists become co-owners of the company. The investment transforms scientists into investors, so to say, confronting them with the direct management of their wealth (intellectual property, personal capital).
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