Saturday, February 2, 2019

4.1 Discourses of Finance - De Goede "Mastering Lady Credit"

In this chapter, de Goede claims that the Financial Revolution that originated in 17th century Europe was not just about new financial instruments but, most importantly, it was about "a rearticulation of moral and political spaces in which these instruments were condoned" (p. 25). In other words, de Goede asks us to trace the shifting histories of the discourses of morality that surround finance. How, according to her research, did these moralities of finance change? How did these changes impact the legitimation of certain financial practices (such as speculative finance)?