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Anthropologists in the Stock ExchangeA Financial History of Victorian Science$
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Marc Flandreau

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226360300

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226360584.001.0001

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Writing about the Margin

Writing about the Margin

(p.17) Chapter One Writing about the Margin
Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange

Marc Flandreau

University of Chicago Press

After a brief exposé of the making of the Anthropological Society of London and the controversies it triggered, this chapter provides a methodological introduction to the kind of history writing this book advocates. It identifies a coincidence between the rise of anthropology and the making of a foreign debt bubble and shows that a number of individuals (in particular, Hyde Clarke) connect the two threads. It suggests an explanation for the fact that the evidence in the book has been side-lined before. Writing about the entanglement of anthropology and the stock exchange requires connecting scattered evidence. Digital technologies have revolutionized the way such diffuse, marginal evidence can be retrieved and re-organized. As illustration it shows how Hyde Clarke’s spanning of several universes can be documented rigorously.

Keywords:   Anthropological Society of London, foreign debt bubbles, digital resources

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