Rituals and symbols at the Stock Exchange. An ethnography
Goldinger situates his research up among stock exchange brokers in the conceptual framework of drama, performance (V. Turner), habitus and capital (P. Bourdieu) and the blurred boundaries between economy, myth, reality and simulation (J. Baudrillard), power, ´phony work´ (S. Tyler), and he aims at polyphony and thick description. His fieldwork took place at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange where he analyzed ´personal exchange´ and rituals, trying to etically catch and categorize ´oracles´, prophesies, rumors and estimations taking place at the Stock Exchange. Stock exchange and financial markets provide stage sets for - free - individual as for institutional action which, according to Goldinger: for the exchange and negotiation of power. This competition for power participation is very different from ´set´ social organization, e.g. a society of three estates as in the European Middle Ages (nobility, clerics, and peasants) - which will prove to be a challenging regarding future lifestyle, habitus, representation, legitimation, mystification and symbolization.
Keywords: Stock Exchange rituals, habitus and Stock Exchange, symbols of money, performance, drama, Turner, V., Bourdieu, P., Baudrillard, J., Tyler, S., thick description, myths and economy, economy and myths, power participation, reality and economy