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Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science

Marc Flandreau


Starting with the discovery of a curious plot in which science became the handmaiden of white-collar crime, this book tracks a group of Victorian gentlemen-swindlers as they shuffled between the corridors of the London Stock Exchange and the meeting rooms of learned societies. It explores what the author calls “the stock exchange modality:” how the production of scientific truth became every bit as integral as financial engineering to investment and speculation in foreign government debt. This book underscores the crucial role of finance in shaping the contours of human knowledge and vice vers ... More

Keywords: anthropology, stock exchange, science, knowledge, trust, technologies of globalization, London Stock Exchange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226360300
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226360584.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Flandreau, author
Graduate Institute for International Studies and Development