My work seeks to understand how the practitioners and practices of contemporary finance allocated wealth and poverty as well as structure human societies. I’ve done field work in the United States on private equity investing as well as on the creation of employee owned companies. I’m currently a member of the AlgoFinance project studying the ways that algorithmic trading is reshaping financial markets. In addition to this, I’m interested in the ways in which belief and values shape political systems.
Primary research areas
Cultures of Finance and Financialization
Applied Anthropology and Research Methods
Economic and Political Anthropology
The Creation and Destruction of Social Inequality
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Pitluck, Aaron, Fabio Mattioli, and Daniel Souleles. 2018. “Finance beyond function: Three causal explanations for financialization.” Economic Anthropology 5(2):157-171. DOI:10.1002/sea2.12114
Souleles, Daniel. 2018. “Meaning in the Miscellany of a Cultural Domain.” Field Methods. DOI: /doi/10.1177/1525822X18781822.
Souleles, Daniel. 2018. “How to Study People Who Don’t Want to be Studied: Practical reflections on studying up.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 41(S1):51-68. https://doi.org/10.1111/plar.12253
Souleles, Daniel. 2017. “Don’t Mix Paxil, Viagra, and Xanax: What financiers jokes say about inequality.” Economic Anthropology 4(1):107-119.
Souleles, Daniel and Michael Scroggins. 2017. “Deep Plays with Capitalist Futures: Authority and Games in Finance and DIYbiology.” Economy and Society 46(1):82-102.
Souleles, Daniel. 2017. “Something new: value and change in finance.” Journal of Cultural Economy 10(4):393-40
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Daniel Souleles / Another Workplace Is Possible : Learning to Own and Changing Subjectivities in American Employee Owned Companies. In: Critique of Anthropology, 3.4.2019