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Pricing the Revolution: Financial analysts respond to the Egyptian uprising


Leins, Stefan (2011). Pricing the Revolution: Financial analysts respond to the Egyptian uprising. Anthropology Today, 27(4):11-14.

Abstract

On 25 January 2011, thousands of Egyptians gathered to raise their voices against their country's long-standing president, Hosni Mubarak. I received the news as I was conducting fieldwork in a research department of an international bank based in Zurich. Here, I document how Egypt's revolution was perceived, discussed and interpreted within this research department. I argue that the process of ‘pricing the revolution’ that took place may be understood as an ongoing interaction among participants in financial markets and that, given this, it should be understood as a social process, rather than an economic one.

Abstract

On 25 January 2011, thousands of Egyptians gathered to raise their voices against their country's long-standing president, Hosni Mubarak. I received the news as I was conducting fieldwork in a research department of an international bank based in Zurich. Here, I document how Egypt's revolution was perceived, discussed and interpreted within this research department. I argue that the process of ‘pricing the revolution’ that took place may be understood as an ongoing interaction among participants in financial markets and that, given this, it should be understood as a social process, rather than an economic one.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:19 Mar 2012 08:37
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 12:51
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0268-540X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8322.2011.00816.x

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