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[Commlist] New Book: Bubbles and Machines: Gender, Information and Financial Crises

Fri May 24 00:46:34 GMT 2019

BUBBLES AND MACHINES : Gender, Information and Financial Crises

Micky Lee

Are financial crises embedded in IT? Can gender studies offer insights into financial reporting? Feminist theories and Science and Technology Studies (STS) can enrich a critique of financial crises in capitalism as the author argues their critical, political economic approaches to communication can help in understanding because they historicize technology and economy and how these are materially embedded. Current literature has neglected finance and capital’s gendered aspect – even – the ideology of a ‘crisis’. This book develops four themes: women as resources in financial markets and as producers of values; gender ideology and unequal distribution; machine production and distribution of financial information and the varied actuality of markets. Working with case histories of tulipmania, microcredit, Wall Street reporting and the role of ‘screens’, Bubbles and Machines argues that rather than calling financial crises human-made or inevitable they should be recognised as technological.


1. Introduction: Bubbles and Machines

2. Tulipomania: Unchanging Gender Relations in Financial Capitalism

3.The Indebted Women: Microcredit and the Credit card

4. Financial Information Reporting in the Earliest Wall Street

5.The Screen, Financial information and Market Locale

6. Conclusion


Filmography and Television


MICKY LEE is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Suffolk University, Boston. She is author of Alphabet: The Becoming of Google (2019) and the co-author of Understanding the Business of Global Media in the Digital Age (2018).

Published open access by the University of Westminster Press


Published 23 May 2019

This book is published in the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Series



154 pages 229 x 152mm


Pdf, Epub and kindle versions available Free From books: PDF 978-1-912656-01-1; ePub 978-1-912656-02-8 Kindle 978-1-912656-03-5: DOI:10.16997/book34


978-1-912656-00-4    £18.99

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