Behind the scenes of the ‘financial markets’
Geoffrey Geuens objective is not to checklist a few isolated cases which are the exception to the rule, but to demonstrate a literally systematic logic. The examples he cites are in no way based on rumour, nothing of the sort. All the data he uses is in the public domain. It just remained for him to discover from where he could flush them out: on company websites, in businesses annual reports, the archives, etc.
And the media in all this?
Lastly, in the third and final section of his book, the researcher attempts to bring the first two chapters together in order to examine from every angle the work of rhetorical legitimisation and political communication undertaken during the financial crisis. ‘The discourse of power often takes the form of universality. It has become something natural and that brings about effects of great symbolic violence,’ he observes.