Introduction to Financial Ecology?
May 28, 2012
Suppose you wanted to teach a sociology of finance course to undergraduates. Before teaching them about specific theories, traditions, or histories in the sociology of finance (SSF or New Economic Sociology or political economy, say), you want to introduce modern finance empirically. What is finance? What is it made of? Who are the most important actors, the most important kinds of firms, etc.? What professions influence finance (from law to engineering)? Which regulators are important globally or domestically? Etc.
My question is: how would you teach this material? And most importantly, are there any particularly excellent sources (textbooks, articles, etc.) that do a good job of simply laying out the field of finance in its messy details, but in a level accessible to someone whose existing exposure to modern finance is limited? To put it another way, what I am looking for is an introduction to the ecology of finance aimed, or at least accessible to, non-specialists.