Global markets as global conversations


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KNORR-CETINA, Karin D., 2007. Global markets as global conversations. In: Text & Talk. 27(5/6), pp. 705-734. ISSN 1860-7330. eISSN 1860-7349

@article{Knorr-Cetina2007Globa-11738, title={Global markets as global conversations}, year={2007}, doi={10.1515/TEXT.2007.032}, number={5/6}, volume={27}, issn={1860-7330}, journal={Text & Talk}, pages={705--734}, author={Knorr-Cetina, Karin D.} }

deposit-license Knorr-Cetina, Karin D. 2007 First publ. in: Text & Talk 27 (2007), 5/6, pp. 705-734 Knorr-Cetina, Karin D. Global markets as global conversations eng application/pdf 2011-03-25T09:37:09Z Financial markets are one of the most iconic and influential structures of our time. The foreign exchange market in particular is also the most genuinely global market-and the largest market worldwide, with an average daily turnover of 1.8 trillion US dollars. The foreign exchange market is also structurally like a massive conversational interaction system; many of its transactions are conducted through electronically mediated 'conversations'. Transactions not conducted through conversations but through an electronic broker also display a sequential turn-taking structure. In this paper, I analyze the streaming 'flow' architecture of this market in terms of its sequential structures and their technological and economic aspects. I also specify and analyze several types of texted sequences that articulate and illustrate the response-based interaction system of this market. I argue that informational sequences are particularly important; the informational liquidity of this market sustains and supports the market's economic liquidity.

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