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Market Threads:
How Cotton Farmers and Traders Create a Global Commodity
Koray Çaliskan

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"Widely relevant, Market Threads makes a significant contribution to the social science literature which explores actual existing markets. Conceiving markets as fields of power and tussle, Çaliskan brings the formation of many kinds of prices to life in a meticulous, transcontinental, urban and rural, multi-interest ethnography of the tangled global threads of cotton. An intellectual treasure chest."--Barbara Harriss-White, author of Rural Commercial Capital

"Challenging the ways that economists and sociologists think about markets, Market Threads presents us with a handsome case study of the global market in cotton. Çaliskan argues that markets are best understood as unique relations of power and knowledge, in which calculative and technical devices play a crucial role. The result is an exciting and creative study, well worth reading for anyone interested in the strange creature of the modern economy."--Richard Swedberg, Cornell University

"Market Threads combines state-of-the-art theoretical sophistication with a remarkable multisite global ethnography. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the complex processes by which markets are put together."--Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh

"This elegant book is a highly innovative contribution to the analysis of markets and to the understanding of pricing mechanisms. Based on remarkable field research, it is a systematic, rigorous, and highly original inquiry into how market prices are produced. The resulting view of the market is radically new."--Michel Callon, école des mines de Paris

"This is a terrific book. It shows how fruitful and promising the approach of science and technology studies is for studying economic life. The amount of ethnographic work is truly impressive, and the convincing conceptual apparatus will find its way rapidly into the literature."--Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam

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