The Allure of Capitalism: An Ethnography of Management and the Global Economy in Crisis


Product Details

Berghahn Books
Publish Date
March 12, 2013
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.63 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Emil A. Røyrvik is a social anthropologist and senior research scientist at SINTEF Technology and Society, Scandinavia's largest independent research organization. The book has been written also in his capacity as postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Social Anthropology. His research focuses on ethnography and anthropological theory in the context of knowledge work, organizational and managerial culture, and aspects of contemporary economic and cultural globalization.


Winner of the 2012 SINTEF Prize for Excellency in Research

"This study provides ethnographically rich descriptions of managerial practices in a set of international corporate investment projects. Drawing also on historical and statistical data, it renders a comprehensive perspective on management, corporations, and capitalism in the late modern globalized economy. Cross-disciplinary in outlook, the book spans the fields of organization, business, and management, and asserts that now, in this period of financial crisis, is the time for anthropology to yet again engage with political economy." - International Journal of Anthropology

"... the book is a piece of extensive scholarship, full of insights that repay the reader's close attention." - Journal of Political Power

"This is an extraordinary book, huge in every way, one man's personal synthesis of the world we live in, as seen through his own experience of Norway's largest business corporation and much, much more. The book and the author have a lot going for them. There are few in-depth anthropological studies of global corporations. Scandinavian anthropology is enjoying a boom and this is reflected in the present study. The author is well-versed in German sources and is open to a very wide range of philosophy, critique, journalism, anthropology and social science." - Keith Hart, Goldsmiths College, London

"[T]his book is a gem. I like it very excellent blending of genres, approaches and disciplines, fused together by an essentially anthropological perspective. It tells a global story through a number of local intermediations of the most significant Norwegian company, Hydro." - Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney