Making Markets: Opportunism and Restraint on Wall Street

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In the wake of million-dollar scandals brought about by Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky and their like, Wall Street seems like the province of rampant individualism operating at the outermost extremes of self-interest and greed. But this, Mitchel Adolafia suggests, would be a case of missing the real culture of the Street for the characters who dominate the financial news. "Making Markets", an ethnography of Wall Street culture, offers a more complex picture of how the market and its denizens work. Not merely masses of individuals striving independently, markets appear here as socially constructed institutions in which the behaviour of traders is suspended in a web of customs, norms and structures of control. Within these structures we see the actions that led to the Drexel Burnham and Salomon Brothers debacles not as bizarre aberrations, but as mere exaggerations of behaviour accepted on the Street. Abolafia looks at three subcultures that co-exist in the world of Wall Street: the stock, bond and futures markets. Through interviews, anecdotes and the author's skilful analysis, we see how traders and New York Stock Exchange "specialists" negotiate the perpetual tension between short-term self-interest and long-term self-restraint that marks their respective communities - and how the temptation toward excess spurs market activity. We also see the complex relationship among those market communities - why, for instance, NYSE specialists resent the freedoms permitted over-the-counter bond traders and futures traders. "Making Markets" shows us that what propels Wall Street is not a fundamental human drive or instinct, but strategies enacted in the context of social relationships, cultural idioms and institutions - a cycle that moves between phases of unbridled self-interest and collective self-restraint.

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Descrizione libro HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Revised ed.. 230 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In the wake of million-dollar scandals brought about by Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky and their like, Wall Street seems like the province of rampant individualism operating at the outermost extremes of self-interest and greed. But this, Mitchel Adolafia suggests, would be a case of missing the real culture of the Street for the characters who dominate the financial news. Making Markets , an ethnography of Wall Street culture, offers a more complex picture of how the market and its denizens work. Not merely masses of individuals striving independently, markets appear here as socially constructed institutions in which the behaviour of traders is suspended in a web of customs, norms and structures of control. Within these structures we see the actions that led to the Drexel Burnham and Salomon Brothers debacles not as bizarre aberrations, but as mere exaggerations of behaviour accepted on the Street. Abolafia looks at three subcultures that co-exist in the world of Wall Street: the stock, bond and futures markets. Through interviews, anecdotes and the author s skilful analysis, we see how traders and New York Stock Exchange specialists negotiate the perpetual tension between short-term self-interest and long-term self-restraint that marks their respective communities - and how the temptation toward excess spurs market activity. We also see the complex relationship among those market communities - why, for instance, NYSE specialists resent the freedoms permitted over-the-counter bond traders and futures traders. Making Markets shows us that what propels Wall Street is not a fundamental human drive or instinct, but strategies enacted in the context of social relationships, cultural idioms and institutions - a cycle that moves between phases of unbridled self-interest and collective self-restraint. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780674006881

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Descrizione libro HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Revised ed.. 230 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In the wake of million-dollar scandals brought about by Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky and their like, Wall Street seems like the province of rampant individualism operating at the outermost extremes of self-interest and greed. But this, Mitchel Adolafia suggests, would be a case of missing the real culture of the Street for the characters who dominate the financial news. Making Markets , an ethnography of Wall Street culture, offers a more complex picture of how the market and its denizens work. Not merely masses of individuals striving independently, markets appear here as socially constructed institutions in which the behaviour of traders is suspended in a web of customs, norms and structures of control. Within these structures we see the actions that led to the Drexel Burnham and Salomon Brothers debacles not as bizarre aberrations, but as mere exaggerations of behaviour accepted on the Street. Abolafia looks at three subcultures that co-exist in the world of Wall Street: the stock, bond and futures markets. Through interviews, anecdotes and the author s skilful analysis, we see how traders and New York Stock Exchange specialists negotiate the perpetual tension between short-term self-interest and long-term self-restraint that marks their respective communities - and how the temptation toward excess spurs market activity. We also see the complex relationship among those market communities - why, for instance, NYSE specialists resent the freedoms permitted over-the-counter bond traders and futures traders. Making Markets shows us that what propels Wall Street is not a fundamental human drive or instinct, but strategies enacted in the context of social relationships, cultural idioms and institutions - a cycle that moves between phases of unbridled self-interest and collective self-restraint. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780674006881

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