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Accounting, Organizations, and InstitutionsEssays in Honour of Anthony Hopwood$
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Christopher S. Chapman, David J. Cooper, and Peter Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546350

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546350.001.0001

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Sketch of Derivations in Wall Street and Atlantic Africa

Sketch of Derivations in Wall Street and Atlantic Africa

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(p.259) 12 Sketch of Derivations in Wall Street and Atlantic Africa
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Accounting, Organizations, and Institutions
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Vincent‐Antonin Lepinay

Michel Callon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546350.003.0012

Derivation is a pervasive economic gesture, found in contemporary finance as well as in interstitial developing economies. This chapter offers the first elements of an analysis of economic derivation. Against the common view that overlooks or demonizes derivation, it posits that derivation is the central operation accounting for economic value creation and circulation. Paying attention to this gesture casts a new light on the problems associated with the current economic turmoil. In order to demonstrate the foundational character of derivation, the chapter brings together and compares two cases: on the one hand, financial practices in a famous investment bank and, on the other hand, commercial transactions in Atlantic Africa described by Jane Guyer.

Keywords:   derivation, finance, formula, calculation, innovation, qualculation, Jane Guyer

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