Suzanne Menair

Chicago, USA

During my fieldwork in Chicago's trading pits, I've become curious about the ordinary conversations of financial professionals. I am focusing on traders' jokes about their jobs, themselves and each other - a genre of talk that is often very ribald - to explore how metaphors and conceptions of male sexuality may influence capitalist practice. My theoretical interests concern applications of the linguistic relativity hypothesis, i.e. the role that clichéd or dead metaphors play in constituting cultural reality, as well as the ethnography of North American capitalism.