Myths of a Near Past: Envisioning Finance Capitalism Anno 2007

Christian De Cock, James Fitchett, Christina Volkmann

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This paper seeks to extend earlier work on particular features and manifestations of capitalism (De Cock et al., 2001). Our 2001 Myths of a Near Future paper offered ephemera readers a large depository of images concerning the New Economy. Eight years later our focus has shifted to Finance Capitalism. Over the course of the year 2007 we cut out and scanned 81 ads placed by financial institutions in the Financial Times. Our analysis of these aims to provide a sense of how the financial world ‘showed up’ in this pivotal year, whilst illustrating how its representations were interwoven with fantasy throughout. We also hope that the ensemble of images associated with the paper will be creatively reassembled by its readers and possibly provide a useful teaching aid.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEphemera: Theory & politics in organization
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)8-25
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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