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ISBN-10: 2356714227

ISBN-13: 9782356714220

Individuals: Fabian Muniesa, Liliana Doganova, Horacio Ortiz, Álvaro Pina-Stranger, Florence Paterson, Alaric Bourgoin, Véra Ehrenstein, Pierre-André Juven, David Pontille, Başak Saraç-Lesavre, Guillaume Yon

What does it suggest to show whatever into capital? What does contemplating issues as resources entail? What does the superiority of an investor’s perspective require? what's this tradition of valuation that asks that we capitalize on every little thing? How will we make experience of the qualities, must haves and upshots of this pervasive cultural situation?

This publication takes the reader to an ethnographic walk down the path of capitalization. Start-up businesses, study facilities, consulting organizations, country organisations, funding banks, public administrations: the territory can definitely turn out unusual and disorienting before everything sight, with its blurred limitations among deepest appropriation and public curiosity, fiscal sanity and ethical breakdown, the literal and the metaphorical, the sensible and the ideological. The traveller definitely calls for a resolutely pragmatist angle, and a style for the meanders of signification. yet in the entire websites during which we set foot during this inquiry we realize a routine semiotic complicated: a situation of valuation within which issues symbolize via advantage in their ability to develop into resources within the eye of an imagined investor.

A ground-breaking anthropological research at the tradition of up to date capitalism, this paintings directs realization to the mostly unexplored challenge of capitalization and provides a serious source for present debates on neoliberalism and financialization.

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This has been done many times, and “Faustmann’s soil expectation value formula” continues to be used to this day. The expansive power of Faustmann’s formula, as reproduced above, was yet hindered by one major assumption: the land to be valued was “bare,” LHWKHUHZHUHQRWUHHVDOUHDG\JURZLQJRQLW7KDWZDVDUDUHFRQÀJXUDWLRQ for sale transactions could occur at any moment in the forest land career. Acknowledging this limitation, Faustmann set out to extend his valuation method to forest lands that were to be sold while still bearing immature stands: Before maturity, the stands (if they already possess a market value) should be regarded as a product of the land which is not fully ripe, the harvesting of which causes loss to the forest owner in the same way as cutting wheat before time does to the farmer.

Tax advantages associated with this financial framework are incorporated into more than half of the funds managed by venture capitalists. Their activities are therefore strongly dependent on, and determined by, the indirect assistance provided by the state. This SXEOLFSROLF\FHUWDLQO\SODFHVYHQWXUHFDSLWDOÀUPVLQDFHQWUDOSRVLWLRQLQ the French technology transfer model. How does this make sense within the master narrative of technology transfer? The fact that state financial support stands as the crucial enticement for venture capitalists to play their expected role does not go without contestation.

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