The Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies.
Edited by Christian Borch and Robert Wosnitzer, Routledge 2020.
The sociologically inclined landscape of finance studies is characterized by different more or less well-established homogeneous camps, with more empirical, social studies of finance approaches on the one of the spectrum and more theoretical, often neo-Marxist approaches, on the other. Alternative approaches are also gaining traction, including work that emphasizes the cultural homologies and interconnections with finance as well as work that, more broadly, is both empirically rigorous and theoretically ambitious. Importantly, across these various approaches to finance, a growing body of literature is taking shape which engages finance in a critical manner. Yet the term ‘critical finance studies’ remains largely unfocused and undefined. Against this backdrop, the Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies aims to provide a coherent notion of this emergent field and to demonstrate its analytical usefulness across a wide range of central aspects of contemporary finance.