Sarah Green

Some information about me


  • Borders and Location; transnational circulation of money; financialisation; Greek-Albanian relations; Greek-Turkish relations; history and politics of knowledge practices.


    Relocating Borders in the Aegean. This is the continuation of research begun in 2007. The project aims to develop a new approach towards the study of social change in relation to borders and location, through ethnographic research on the shifting relations between two coastal market towns in the Aegean, Mytilene (Lesvos, Greece) and Ayvalik (Turkey). EastBordNet: Another, related, project is EastBordNet, which brings together researchers working on the north-eastern and south-eastern peripheries of Europe who are interested in issues relating to the shifting meaning of ‘Europe’, particularly in relation to gender, sexuality and money. This research network involves 25 countries and more than 260 researchers. New financial elites in the UK: Along with Julie Froud and Karel Williams, I have been working on the social and cultural changes reflected in the new financial elites in the UK, particularly looking at founders of private equity. Anthropology, Finance and Money: along with the Theme 1 team in CRESC, I have been looking at the shifting relationship between money and finance, and trying to understand its socio-cultural implications.


  • Thu, Oct 7th 2010 - Fri, Oct 8th 2010

    Before the current crisis, anthropologists studying finance attracted relatively little attention; academic research on finance was dominated by financial economics (mainstream and behavioural), and a variety of social studies approaches that were strongly influenced by science and technology studies. Neither of these left much room for anthropological concerns with the social and relational aspects of finance, nor the means by which finance became somehow unquestioned and self-evident, both conceptually and as a practice. The recent financial crisis has opened out the debate considerably as commentators and academics alike scrambled to try and explain the events, which seemed to be simultaneously entirely predictable and entirely unexpected. This has provided a much larger audience for those interested in how we might differently understand what finance does and how that becomes economically destabilising, socially divisive and difficult to reform.

    The aim of this workshop is to bring two key anthropological concerns with finance (the relational aspects and the unquestioned self-evident characteristics of finance) together with others who have different perspectives and expertise to develop and share their views. The intention is not to combine different approaches but to bring them into relation, on the model that CRESC has followed. The hope is that the workshop will lead to the special issue of a journal or, given the diverse disciplines involved, an edited book that can encompass these different perspectives. In either case, the workshop is intended to begin the conversation; the subsequent text will try to draw out some fresh ideas and conclusions as a result of that effort.