This session will explore the ordinary, taken for granted stuff that goes toward making markets. Abstracts are invited which explore mundane market matters through: methodologies; empirical studies; new theories; experiments; the challenges of drawing together distinct approaches to markets.
Markets continue to be a matter of concern for both STS scholars and the public at large. Financial trading and meltdowns, public sell offs and regulation, demands for intervention and access to trade, markets as problem and solution, continue to fill headlines. But what of the stuff of markets - the ordinary, taken for granted things that go toward making markets what they are? Drawing on notions of the mundane (Pollner, 1974; Woolgar and Neyland, 2013; Hawkins, forthcoming; Star, 1995), how do market things come to be both ordinary, pervasive, every day and profound - helping to establish and hold in place the very nature of market matters? What can a focus on the mundane tells us about how markets come into being and are maintained over time? Under what conditions do these mundane market objects come to matter? Or conversely, for whom and in relation to what is this market stuff ordinary, how do things come to be pervasive and taken for granted? How do STS scholars and forms of science and technology come to participate in markets through such mundane matters? Abstracts are invited which address any of the above themes or explore mundane market matters through: methodologies; empirical studies; new theories; experiments which propose radical re-orderings of market things; the challenges of drawing together STS approaches to markets with ideas from other disciplines or drawing together ideas from different research areas within STS (market studies and science and technology policy, or issues of public participation). SESSIONS: 4/4/4 (Keep Jose Ossandon, he'll register later).